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2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

165 Colleges
$14,424 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,245 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 305,309 degrees and certificates were awarded to nursing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

With all the nursing programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking is one of many tools that Nursing Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 165 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for nursing students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for nursing majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 15% Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Flex the best value school in the Great Lakes Region for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. UWM Flexible Option is a small public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

UWM Flexible Option undergraduate students pay an average of $6,750 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at UWM Flexible Option take out an average of $24,458 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $256.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in the Great Lakes Region . IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at IWU are $9,345 per year. On average, nursing graduates from IWU take out $21,687 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $238, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SIUE are $11,265 per year. On average, nursing graduates from SIUE take out $22,116 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $222.

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#4

Kettering College

Kettering, OH

Out of the 165 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Kettering College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Kettering, Kettering College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Kettering College undergraduate students pay an average of $13,392 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Kettering College accumulate an average of around $32,233 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $348.

Kettering College also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#5

Franklin University

Columbus, OH

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Franklin University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Franklin University are $9,577 a year.

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#6

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

With a ranking of #6, Eastern Illinois University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. EIU is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at EIU are $13,974 a year. Nursing majors at EIU take out an average of $15,309 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, EIU also is in the top 10% of our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

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#7

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Youngstown State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Youngstown State University is a large public school located in the city of Youngstown.

Youngstown State University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,309 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Youngstown State University carry an average student debtload of $29,688. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $289, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Ferris undergraduate students pay an average of $12,376 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from Ferris take out $23,710 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Purdue University Northwest did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Hammond, Purdue Northwest is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Purdue Northwest are $13,993 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Purdue Northwest take out $21,147 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $195.

Purdue Northwest also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #10, Rasmussen College - Wisconsin did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Rasmussen College - Wisconsin is a small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Green Bay.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Rasmussen College - Wisconsin are $10,935 per year.

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University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the city of Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh is a public school with a large student population.

UW Oshkosh undergraduate students pay an average of $15,189 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at UW Oshkosh take out an average of $22,058 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $244, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UW Oshkosh also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Green Bay, UW - Green Bay is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Green Bay are $16,091 a year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at UW - Green Bay take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $19,402. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $192.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UW - Green Bay also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. The Christ College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at The Christ College are $15,181 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at The Christ College accumulate an average of around $21,740 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $211.

In addition to its great value ranking, The Christ College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list.

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#14

Mercy College of Ohio

Toledo, OH

Mercy College of Ohio did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Toledo, Mercy College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Mercy College undergraduate students pay an average of $15,900 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Mercy College carry an average student debtload of $26,006. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $257, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Mercy College also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Western Illinois University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Macomb.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at WIU are $12,940 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at WIU accumulate an average of around $28,317 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UW - Eau Claire is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

UW - Eau Claire undergraduate students pay an average of $17,115 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UW - Eau Claire carry an average student debtload of $19,276. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $192.

UW - Eau Claire also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #17, Chamberlain University - Illinois did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Addison, Chamberlain - Illinois is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Chamberlain - Illinois are $19,900 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Chamberlain - Illinois carry an average student debtload of $26,148. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Chamberlain - Illinois also made our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #1.

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#18

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI

With a ranking of #18, Eastern Michigan University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan are $13,758 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Eastern Michigan take out $26,341 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Illinois State University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Illinois State are $20,427 a year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Illinois State take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,060. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $228, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Illinois State also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#20

Hondros College of Nursing

Westerville, OH

Hondros College of Nursing came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the suburb of Westerville, Hondros College of Nursing is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Hondros College of Nursing undergraduate students pay an average of $15,299 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Hondros College of Nursing take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $36,934. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $414.

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Chamberlain University - Ohio landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the city of Columbus, Chamberlain - Ohio is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Chamberlain - Ohio are $19,780 per year. Nursing majors at Chamberlain - Ohio take out an average of $26,148 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Chamberlain - Ohio also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the distant town of Stevens Point, UW - Stevens Point is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

UW - Stevens Point undergraduate students pay an average of $16,974 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from UW - Stevens Point take out $21,812 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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Northern Illinois University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NIU are $14,610 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from NIU carry an average student debtload of $25,476. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $267.

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Governors State University

University Park, IL

With a ranking of #24, Governors State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. GSU is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GSU are $17,582 a year. On average, nursing graduates from GSU take out $15,083 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $150.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
25 Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Canton, OH
26 Chamberlain University - Indiana Indianapolis, IN
26 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
28 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
29 Baker College Flint, MI
30 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
31 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL
32 South University - Novi Novi, MI
32 Methodist College Peoria, IL

Best Nursing Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Indiana 8,493
Michigan 7,084
Wisconsin 5,014
Ohio 14,281
Illinois 20,702

Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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