A:  Currently, we accept 16 students each year into the Upper Division portion of the program.  Typically, there are 25-35 applicants annually and progression is based solely on GPA in designated courses as outlined by the USC College of Nursing (see bolded courses on the Sample BSN Curriculum Plan).  Competitiveness varies from year to year and is based on the number of applicants and the GPA of each applicant.  The average progression GPA during the 2013 application period (those progressing to the Upper Division in Fall 2014) was a 3.6.