Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) First-Year Review Factors
At UMR each student is respected as an individual. We begin this individual attention at the point of application.
We have prepared an Application Checklist that will help guide you through the application process.
All students are admitted to BSHS first before being reviewed for PA and Nursing, which are limited access programs.
The Office of Admissions has prided itself on reviewing applicants holistically. We value every aspect of the student and do not evaluate solely on GPA and test scores. We consider their passion for health care and what drives them toward a career in helping others.
Ultimately, UMR admits students we believe have a true passion for a career in health care and are academically ready for the rigor of a STEM curriculum.
- Successful Completion of a College Preparatory Curriculum
- Four years of English
- Four years of mathematics at the Intermediate Algebra/Algebra I level and above.
- Three years of science including at least one year of biological sciences and one year of chemistry. UMR highly recommends four years of science.
- Three years of social studies
- Two years of a second language
- One year of visual and/or performing arts
- Standardized Test Scores
Submit your ACT and/or SAT Reasoning scores. UMR, for the purposes of making an admissions decision, will accept self-reported test scores on the application. Once a student is admitted, he or she will be asked to verify those test scores. Test scores may also be submitted electronically through the testing sites (ACT or SAT/College Board). UMR's ACT code is 2154 and the SAT code is 5877. Test scores appearing on the high school transcript will also be accepted as official.
- Please note that UMR does not require SAT or ACT writing.
- High school and college grade point averages
If a student did not complete high school, a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) may be accepted in lieu of high school transcripts.
- STEM GPA
Earned high school grade point average in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
- Passion Statement
Short answer question describing your passion for health care. (Required for scholarship consideration).
- Letter of recommendation or Teacher Evaluation preferably from a Math or Science teacher. (recommended but not required).
- Involvement in health science related volunteer or employment opportunities.
- Exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum, to include courses that exceed the college preparatory curriculum, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or college level courses.
- Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude, or personal accomplishment including that which may not be reflected in the academic record or standardized test scores.
- Outstanding high school or community involvement.
- Work experience, paid or unpaid.
- Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (e.g., MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, UMTYMP, Upward Bound, and other programs).
- Evidence of exceptional talent or ability in scholarly research or leadership.
- Evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity, or responsibility.
- Evidence of having overcome social, economic or physical barriers to educational achievement.
- Evidence that enrollment would enhance the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body.
- Extenuating circumstances.
For admissions purposes, you are considered an international student if: you are not a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or refugee AND you are not on a temporary visa or require a visa to study in the United States. Please read the International Admissions information here.
If you are applying as a transfer student, please read the Transfer Admissions information.
Schedule changes: The University expects that students will successfully complete the senior year coursework they list on their admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during the senior year and/or the unsuccessful completion of senior year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission. Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with our Office of Admissions. (1-877-280-4699)