Hi to all I am a Chicago State student and I started the program in Jan. 2011, I will be a senior this fall. By the grace of GOD I will be graduating in May 2013. I can't talk about the school as a whole, only my situation in the program. The program is very strict and if you fail a nursing course you will have to wait until the following year to make it up. If you fail again then you are kicked out of the program. I know several people who have to either wait out or have been kicked out. The school is getting more intense on thier nursing program and is making it harder to get into every year. Back when I applied in Fall of 2010, I had to take a bridge course, during this course I had to take the Nelson Denny Reading test you must score 13th grade level, TEAS EXAM, I had a 3.0 science gpa, and 3.1 overall gpa, I had a personal interview where I had to sell myself and explain my character and why I would be successful in the program. I also had to write an essay on my goals, myself and why I would be successful at them. My Teas score was a 74. I was very blessed to get in because the people who I was competing against had really high gpa's. So basically don't count out CSU, definitely do your research and find the school that's best for you. Community colleges are getting to be very competitive because they just closed down kennedy king as well as olive harvey, I feel there is no perfect nursing school, but the end result is the same RN. Good Luck to all on your journey!!