Bachelor of Science in Nursing

As the top nursing school in the world, we are dedicated to developing the next generation of experts and leaders in our field and rely on a rigorous application process to select those who we believe are best qualified to become a Penn nurse.

Penn, and everything it has to offer

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's undergraduate nursing program has been ranked the number one program in the country fo... Penn Nursing undergrads are fully integrated into everything at the University including: clubs, the college house residential system, dining facilities, athletic teams, and study abroad programs. As a Penn nursing student, you’ll work closely with our faculty and engage with the two teaching hospitals on campus as well as with clinical sites throughout the region.

We offer combined programs, integrating our specialized nursing education with the strong liberal arts curriculum and the specialties of other renowned Penn schools (Wharton, Annenberg, Engineering & Applied Science, and Arts & Sciences). We also encourage our students to consider a minor, dual degree, and submatriculation options like pre-acceptance into one of our Master’s programs or toward a degree from Penn Law School or Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM).

At Penn Nursing, you will learn from a passionate faculty whose accomplishments are recognized worldwide. You will benefit from the academic opportunities of an Ivy League university while enjoying a fun and fulfilling campus life. You will gain clinical experience in some of the nation’s top hospitals, located just steps from your classrooms. And you will have the chance to participate in faculty driven research, supported by state-of-the-art technology. Penn Nursing graduates are the leaders who are shaping the future of health care practice, policy, research, and education.

All of Penn Nursing’s programs are accredited. To learn more about the accreditation and pass rates, please visit our Accreditation page.

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in another field?

If you answered yes, please consider our Master of Professional Nursing program.

Program Information


Program Length

4 years

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Program Details


The nursing program begins in your freshman year with a combination of science courses, nursing courses and liberal arts courses, and students are encouraged to take advantage of our flexible curriculum and take courses offered within Penn’s four undergraduate schools. Clinicals begin in the spring of your sophomore year, and students will have experiences in primary care, acute care, women’s health, and mental health settings working with patients from newborns to older adults.

Click the link below to view the curriculum and plans of study for this program in the University catalog.

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Tuition & Fees

A Penn education is an investment in your future. These numbers might feel a little overwhelming, but we are here to help: most students receive a financial aid package that fits their needs.

Undergraduate Cost of Attendance: 2023-2024 Academic Year

Budget ItemsLiving On CampusLiving Off Campus
Tuition $58,620 $58,620
Fees $7,484 $7,484
Housing $12,166 $12,564
Dining $6,330 $5,796
Books and Supplies $1,358 $1,358
Transportation $1,062 $1,062
Personal Expenses $2,008 $2,008
TOTAL BUDGET$89,028$88,892

For more information, please visit the Student Financial Services page.

Please note: The above student budgets includes all standard undergraduate charges but does not include nursing clinical fees, nursing simulation lab fees or the cost of University Health Insurance. You are eligible to submit a Budget Increase Request through Student Financial Services to have your financial aid packages adjusted.

Applying to Penn

The nursing school is an integral part of Penn's close-knit campus. High School Students and First time Bachelor’s Applicants

High school students interested in the Penn Nursing’s BSN program, may apply through Penn’s central undergraduate admissions office. If possible, we suggest you schedule a campus visit to experience first-hand the opportunities available at Penn.

For a full list of requirements, deadlines, and optional supplemental materials, please visit Penn’s Undergraduate Checklists and Deadlines.

Transfer Students

If you are interested in transferring to Penn Nursing, we’ll need some additional information from you beyond Penn’s transfer process. Learn more about applying to Penn Nursing as a transfer student.

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“I originally came to Penn Nursing for my BSN as a first generation, low-income student from a small New Jersey town, raised by a single mother. An Ivy League education seemed like a far-reaching dream, but I was warmly welcomed and my eyes were opened to the endless possibilities afforded through a career in nursing.”

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