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Purpose: This study is conducted to investigate the stress level, stress source and stress coping of nursing students in college. Methods: This study was a cross sectional survey and the data was collected from 341 nursing students by means of self-reported questionnaires from April 2 to May 31, 2012. Collected data were analyzed on SPSS win 18.0. Results: The nursing students experienced moderate levels of stress. The source of stress for students came from ‘one's own self'. The most common stress coping used by students was 'make a wish'. There were significant differences in the source of stress and the stress coping according to the nursing students' year of school and other general characteristics, such as motivation of entrance and satisfaction in school life. Conclusion: These results suggest that it is important to develop stress management program and strategies based on nursing students' individual characteristics and sources of stress.