Spalding University

Louisville, KY 40203
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Spalding University is a private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded in 1814 in Louisville, Kentucky, the university offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs. The university started as Nazareth Academy and was renamed Spalding College in 1969. The college received university status in 1984. The small campus is located in the downtown Louisville area, providing students with access to the shopping and entertainment offered in the city. Louisville is also just a half-day drive from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Nashville. Along with nursing programs, Spalding University offers degrees in natural sciences, social sciences, education, and humanities. 

Several CCNE-accredited nursing programs are available at the Spalding University School of Nursing, including a traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN program. The traditional BSN program gives students clinical training at local hospitals and clinics throughout the Louisville area. The graduation rate and NCLEX-RN pass rates exceed the national average. For those with a bachelor’s degree in another field of study, students may enroll in the accelerated BSN program. This program is designed to be completed in just 13-months and prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam. The MSN program is offered on campus and includes 45 credit hours of classes. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students2,071
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 6 62
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 80.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1938 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT980 to 1125
ACT18 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$800/credit
In State Students$800/credit
Out of State Students$800/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$722/credit
In State Students$722/credit
Out of State Students$722/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $36,000 $36,000 $36,000
ADN 70 $56,000 $56,000 $56,000
BSN 125 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
FNP 50 $36,100 $36,100 $36,100
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Spalding University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 50% $4,500
Other Federal Grant 23% $479
State Grant & Scholarships 79% $4,049
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 94% $7,583
Federal Student Loans 75% $4,470
Private Loans 6% $8,806


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$19,848
$30,001 to $48,000$20,000
$48,001 to $75,000$21,197
$75,001 to $110,000$23,844
Over $110,000$25,358

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Spalding University
901 S Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203

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