James Madison University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Admission Appeal Process

What is the appeal process?


The admission appeal process is the means by which a denied applicant for admission to the JMU Bachelors of Nursing Program may request a second review by the BSN Admissions and Progression committee.
The appeal process is not the means by which a denied student should request consideration for admission for a future academic semester. In that case, a new application must be submitted during the BSN application time frame.

Who can appeal?


Any applicant denied admission or placed on the wait list to the BSN program who has met all the prerequisites stated by the School of Nursing may submit a formal appeal. If a student does not meet the minimum requirements stated by the School of Nursing an appeal will not take place.

The committee’s decision is academic in nature. They are interested in circumstances beyond the student’s control and additional information not submitted or available at the time the student applied for admission. Life experiences that may have impacted the student’s academic performance are also considered.

Appeal procedure:


If a student wishes to appeal the admission decision, the student will need to:

  1. Submit a formal letter of appeal stating the reason for appeal along with discussing any circumstances that he or she believes may not have been considered within the first round of decisions. This written appeal should be no longer than one page.  
  2. The students should also provide the committee with any updated transcripts and/or grade reports.
  3. Appeals must be submitted by mail or brought to HBS 4089. (Faxes and email appeals will not be accepted)

Appeal review calendar:


A student must request an appeal to the decision within two weeks of receiving the initial decision of denial. If a student does not request an appeal within that time frame the committee will not review the decision. Once the appeal is submitted the student will be notified of a decision within 3 weeks of the receipt of the appeal. Students submitting appeals will be notified of the final appeal decision via US Mail and email.

In preparing your appeal, please understand the following:


  • There is a limit of one appeal per academic term.  Decisions rendered are final and non-negotiable.
  • Letters of recommendation will not be considered.
  • Reporting errors made on the application are not a basis for the reversal of a decision.
  • Appeals letters must be submitted by the applicant.
  • Appeal letters written by anyone other than the applicant will not be considered.