I am from Minnesota and ran into the same problem as you when I decided I wanted to go to nursing school. All the schools in the Minneapolis area were very competitive to get into and had 2 year wait lists. I have family in Iowa so I looked into schools in Iowa. I ended up at Des Moines Area Community College. I applied in April and started school that fall. I had all the pre-reqs done already, obviously, so that helped, but there really wasnt a wait list...and to make it even more appealing, there is no competition! If you fulfill the pre-requisites, you're in as soon as there is a seat available. DMACC has several campuses with the nursing program, with Ankeny being the "main" campus and having the most students. I applied to a smaller branch of DMACC nursing and I think this helped get me in right away. So far school has been very tough, I'm not going to lie, but I feel like my education is really good. DMACC's NCLEX pass rate for last year is 100%. I recommend it. I'd link you the DMACC website but I don't think we're allowed to put links in posts. Good luck!