Dr Robert Edinger PHD, Nursing Admissions Letter of Intent Editor


I only do my best, taking the time to reflect on your story. I appreciate that you trust me to do a good job finishing your letter and I trust you as well to recommend me to your friends and colleagues if you are very pleased with your statement.

I am not a big business with employees like most of my competitors. You deal directly with me. I answer all of your questions and I am solely responsible for producing a letter of intent that you are very pleased with.



Letters of Intent for Admission to Nursing School

Nursing is my most developed specialty as an Admissions Professional

I have been drafting letters of intent on behalf of nurses now for the past 20 years. Writing them is not always fun, and the older I get the more mental and emotional energy it takes for me to do a good job. This is one of the reasons why I have developed a priority focus on nurses, writing more letters of intent in this area than any other, because I admire the dedication of nurses, their orientation of service and giving. Nurses are generally among the finest people on the planet, on human and emotional levels, because of their ethic of service. Thus, when I help a nurse succeed, I am inspired by her/his story.

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A letter of intent is essentially the same thing as a statement of purpose or a personal statement.  Schools may use the terms interchangeably, but the content they are asking for is essentially the same.  

In the first paragraph of your letter, be sure to name the school you are applying to.  For instance, you could say something as simple as, “My name is Amanda Smith, and I am interested in University of Maryland’s undergraduate geography program.”  You can then mention how you learned about the program (online, through a former graduate, etc).

An undergraduate letter of intent can be brief and serves as an introduction to the rest of your application.  A graduate letter of intent, however, is more intensive and specific.  Depending on what type of program you are applying to, you may want to go into more or less depth on the content.

Either way, the easiest place to start when choosing what to say in the body of your letter is by brainstorming.  Think about the best ways to show yourself off.  Mention some of your prior accomplishments.  Talk about your education, internships, inspiration, research interest, etc.  Say what you are good at.  Tell them why your skills and their program would be a good match.

At some point, you want to take a break from talking about yourself and flatter them.  Make whoever is reading the letter believe their school is your top choice (even if you are applying to two or three other institutions).  Mention names of people in the department you would like to work with and explain why.  Tell them how their program will help you meet your future goals. 

When you have finished the body of your letter, end by thanking them for their time, requesting a response, and giving them your contact information.  Last but not least, remember that you want to put your best writing skills to use.  Colleges read the letter of intent for content, but they also use it as a writing sample.  Make sure to edit for word choice and grammar so that you sound as professional as possible.  Be creative while maintaining a professional tone, and try to avoid using too many clichés/generic statements.  When you make your final edit, be sure that you answered any and all questions the application originally called for (if it was not open ended).