BSN Program

Admission Appeal Process

What is the appeal process?

The admission appeal process is how a qualified applicant who is denied admission to the JMU Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) Program may request a second review by the BSN Admissions and Progression committee. The appeal process is not how 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 waitlist 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. Extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control and/or life experiences that may have impacted the student’s academic performance may be 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 extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control that they believe 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 report document(s) that substantiate the reason for this appeal. A comprehensive explanation stating the connection between the documents and the reason for appeal should be included in the formal letter.
  3. Appeals must be emailed to Rebecca Meadows at with the subject “Admission Appeal” no later than 5pm two weeks from the date of the admission decision letter from the School of Nursing.

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 by 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.
  • Errors made by the student on the application are not a basis for the reversal of a decision.
  • Appeal letters must be submitted by the applicant.
  • Appeal letters written by anyone other than the applicant will not be considered.
  • Submission of BSN program application and/or application supporting documents after the deadline(s) is not a basis for appeal