ABSN Admission Process

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Admission Timeline

Applications for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are accepted using the Central Application Service for Nursing Schools (NursingCAS). Students are admitted several times a year. Applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time on the application deadline below.

Application Deadline

Admission Notification

Program Start

Campus Locations

April 1


Fall Sacramento, San Mateo

July 1


Spring Sacramento, San Mateo

December 1


Summer Oakland, San Mateo

The admission notification dates listed above are estimates and are meant to be representative only. In some instances, Samuel Merritt University will extend the application deadline if additional space is available. In these instances, the admission notification process might take longer for students who apply later. 

The admission review process generally takes two and a half to three months. Please be assured that as soon as there is information to share about a decision on your application, you will be notified by email. This includes acceptances, waitlist notifications and denials. It is not necessary to continually check for an update on your status. Doing so often delays the work that goes into reviewing your application. 

Official Transcripts

Transcripts from all educational institutions attended should be sent to NursingCAS as early as possible to increase the speed with which your application is verified and reviewed. Transcripts should be sent directly to NursingCAS:

PO Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

Transcript request/matching forms are available in the NursingCAS application. No transcripts should be sent to Samuel Merritt University unless requested.

Transcript Entry Service

NursingCAS provides a service (for a fee) that will complete transcript entry for you. We do not recommend students use this service as it will delay the processing of your application up to a month.   

It is recommended that applicants enter all of their previous college/university-level coursework into the application themselves. This process can take approximately two hours to complete on your own depending on the amount of coursework you have taken. It is critical that students enter all of their completed, in progress and planned coursework. Otherwise, the processing of your application can be delayed. 

Letters of Reference

NursingCAS provides a tool for collecting letters of reference in the application. Please follow the application instructions for providing this information. Letters of reference mailed to Samuel Merritt University will not be considered. 

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