Convenience. History. Excellence.

Earning your MSN should be convenient, not a hassle. That’s why we offer a flexible schedule and the ability to complete your degree entirely online. Our MSN program–the oldest family nurse practitioner program in the city–is deeply connected to Louisville’s thriving medical community. We take pride in the success of our graduates, who leave our program prepared to pass their board examinations and excel in the field. If that’s not enough, here are the top 5 reasons to consider getting your MSN at Spalding:

Same faculty as on campus

Our faculty is our faculty. We do not hire from outside our university for our online courses. Whether you are taking classes online or on campus, you’ll find the consistency in both the course content and the personal attention from your professors.

A stellar pass rate for more than 20 years

Historically, more than 96% of our MSN graduates pass their board certification on the first try. That pass rate is greater than the national average.

Flexibility to earn your degree while you work

Don’t completely disrupt your life to advance your career. Our online program allows you to continue to work while taking classes.

Accelerated completion time

Online courses allow you to earn your degree in a shorter amount of time? We also offer options for part-time and full-time study.

Expertise that you can apply immediately

All of our faculty are in clinical practice on a weekly basis and they bring that expertise into the classroom. The skills you learn from them and in your own clinical training can be immediately applied in the field.

And here a few other things to consider…

Online & hybrid courses

We offer three MSN tracks:

  • family nurse practitioner – hybrid
  • nurse educator – entirely online
  • nurse leadership – entirely online

Our mission to meet the needs of the times

We are the first certified compassionate university in the world. Caring for others is just part of who we are.



Navigating the world of scholarship applications can be tough and downright chaotic at times. You have access to thousands of college scholarships, all with various criteria, application processes and deadlines. Michelle Standridge, director of financial aid at Spalding University, and several students with firsthand experience had a lot of advice to help make the application process easier. Apart from the basics (apply on time, be sure the application is complete before submitting, proofread, etc.), there are unique tips that may not be immediately obvious to you.

Steps to Apply for College Scholarships

#1: Remember scholarship searches and applications should always be free.

In this case, spending money to make money is not a good thing. If an organization or application asks you for money, it is most likely a scam; do not apply.

#2: Open a separate email to be used just for scholarship information.

According to Standridge, a lot of scholarship applications are a ploy to get marketing and demographic information. You can use a separate mailbox to help keep your main mailbox free of annoying clutter.

#3: Seek outside scholarships listed on university websites.

“Many schools have a page on their website for outside scholarships. Search via school websites, and let the schools do the work,” said Standridge. “Our (Spalding’s) outside scholarship page lists scholarships that we know are legit; so it weeds out the junk that just an internet search pulls in.” So, be sure to include other institution’s web pages in your research for scholarships.

#4: Apply for scholarships even if you don’t think you’re a match.

This is the most surprising piece of advice as it is usually encouraged to actually meet the eligibility criteria before applying. However, according to Standridge, there have been instances of male students being awarded scholarships intended to female students because no eligible female students applied.

#5: Write a really good essay.

If you’re already in college, find out if your institution has a writing center, and use that as a source to help perfect the general essay. College scholarship applications tend to ask similar questions. It will save you a lot of work to tweak the general essay to the specific scholarship rather than starting from scratch every time.

#6: Think outside the box.

The most common tip from students is to be creative with your research. There are tons of local and national scholarships and contests for a variety of interests and talents. Also, think beyond your basic internet search; social media is a growing way to search for scholarship opportunities.

Figuring out how to pay for college is usually one of the most daunting things for students. It’s important not to get overwhelmed by the sticker price because there are many resources available to help fund your education.

Here are five steps to get the financial aid process going:

Step #1: Map out your finances.

Determine how much you will need to cover the cost of your education. Although tuition is the most obvious cost, don’t forget to factor in books and room and board.

Step #2: Become familiar with the different types of financial aid.

Financial aid comes in many forms and it is important to know the differences between them. For instance, there is a significant difference between merit-based aid and need-based aid. Merit-based aid is determined by academic performance and student achievement. The most common form of merit-based aid is scholarships (see How to Apply for College Scholarships). Need-based aid is determined by the financial need of the student. It’s also important to understand the differences between loans and grants. Grants do not need to be repaid and are usually based on your financial need while loans are borrowed and must be paid back.

Step #3: Fill out the FAFSA early.

The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for need-based aid and federal student loans. It is highly recommended that you fill it out as soon as it opens for the best options. “Know that the FAFSA is usually the key to all financial aid and needs to be completed each and every year,” said Michelle Standridge, director of financial aid at Spalding University. “FAFSA now opens on Oct. 1 of the year prior to when the awarding will be. So, for the 2018-19 school year the FAFSA opened on Oct. 1, 2017.”

Step #4: Contact the financial aid office at your institution.

“The best way to apply for financial aid is to contact the financial aid office by phone or email with questions you have,” said Ethan Thornton, Spalding University student and social media ambassador. “Those people are employed in that office for a reason, and it’s to help you. Reach out and they will answer any questions you have.”

Step #5: Be sure to know which rewards are renewable.

“Ask questions about which awards are renewable and their requirements for renewal so that it is clear if your awards will only be for one year or possibly each year of your program,” said Standridge.

Admitted Student Checklist

__  File your FAFSA starting Oct. 1 (By doing so, you will be automatically considered for Spalding’s endowed scholarships.)

__ Review your financial aid package

__  Fill out the housing form beginning March 1

__  Make your enrollment deposit by May 1

__  Sign up for beSU Orientation (Dates available May-July)

__  Attend beSU Orientation: Meet your academic advisor and choose your fall classes.

__  Attend beSU Engage: Kick-off your on-campus experience with this required 2-day, 2-night program.

__  Start classes in August

Thank you to Canaan Christian Church for providing the live stream. To watch Spalding’s 2017 Commencement, check back on June 3 at 10 a.m.

We understand that you have a lot of options. The college you choose will play an important role in how you will change over the next four years. As you transition to college, here are 10 things to keep in mind.

  1. Find your community. It will take time to build, but be sure to maintain a supportive network of friends, living  mates and college staff and faculty.
  2. Find a mentor on campus. While many find faculty the most accessible type of mentor, there are many other people who are there to help you – including staff, alumni, coaches and local community members.
  3. Get involved. College is a time to pursue not only your academics goals, but also to explore and engage in various activities and groups that college campuses provide. You just might a new passion.
  4. Live on campus. Studies show that students who live on campus are more successful. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy living on your own without paying for cable, a gym membership or electricity and you’ll never haggle a roommate about paying their portion of the rent.
  5. Get deep. Engage in intellectual discussions with your peers. College is a time to discover new ideals and to open your mind to others’ views of the world.
  6. Study hard, play hard. Find balance in your social and academic pursuits. Sometimes the things you learn while eating cold pizza at 3 am are just as important as what you learn in the classroom.
  7. Get connected. Locate your on-campus support staff. On campus counseling, career development and learning support centers are always ready and willing to help you succeed.
  8. Be money-wise. Many students find that becoming financially independent comes with a new set of temptations and burdens. Seek help in creating a budget and learning how set financial goals.
  9. Take care. It’s easy to neglect your physical health with all of life’s changing demands. Be mindful of your needs. Eat right, get enough sleep and try to be physically active.
  10. Branch out. Keep an open mind. Universities are havens for connecting people of all cultures and backgrounds, many different from your own. Embrace the experience and enjoy getting to know more about the world and people around you.

Top 5 reasons to keep Spalding at the top of your list

College on your terms

Spalding is the only college in the state of Kentucky to offer a six-week block approach to learning. However you want to achieve your degree, you’ll find success by building a schedule that works for you. Choose to focus on one course at a time, or take on more. You can enroll in up to 18 hours per semester while never taking more than two classes per session. But don’t worry about academic burnout, you can rest and recharge for a full week after every six-week session.

Learn more about our block schedule.

Private education at a public college cost

Spalding is among the most affordable private institutions in the state of Kentucky. Ninety-eight percent of our first-time, full-time students receive financial aid, including scholarships and grants. Our financial aid staff will work closely with you to reduce your out-of-pocket expense, making your investment in private education as affordable, if not more affordable, than a public institution.

A compassionate community

Spalding University is the first-certified compassionate university in the world (Compassionate Action Network). We have a long-standing history of serving our community. In fact, our founder Mother Catherine Spalding was a pioneer of education and service in the Louisville area. Become part of this community and become a part of a movement where our fellowship and commitment to living compassionately drives us.

See our mission.

A built-in network

We truly are invested in our community. In addition to our philanthropy, we’ve built relationships with countless businesses and organizations. As a student, you’ll benefit from these partnerships through real-world learning, taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it directly to your field.

Your city, your campus

Louisville is an exciting place to live, learn, work and play. Our small, family-like community enjoys the amenities and beauty of living in a river city that is among the best places to live in the U.S. Our two residence halls make campus living convenient, safe and fun. With our downtown location, you can walk to popular restaurants, events, concerts and entertainment establishments.

Learn more about our small college in the big city.

And two more reasons just because…

An eccentric tradition

Over 45 years ago, one of our professors started our longest running tradition, The Running of the Rodents, as a stress reliever during finals week. This tradition has been featured on international radio shows and was even a question on the board game Trivial Pursuit. To this day, our students still adopt, train, and race rodents on a miniature track, in a Derby-style race.

A competitive education

Our NCAA Division III Golden Eagle athletic program allows over 200 scholar-athletes to play college sports. Athletes are known for their perseverance, dedication and team-building skills. Combine this with a Spalding education and you will be prepared for success after college.

If athletics isn’t your thing, we offer opportunities for involvement that will build your résumé to give you a competitive edge.

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