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

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

255 Colleges
$9,872 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,245 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

Nursing is the most popular major in the United States with 72,003 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

With all the nursing programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking is one of many tools that Nursing Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 255 schools in the Southeast 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 Southeast Region

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

Top 25 Best Southeast Region Schools for Affordable Quality for a Bachelor's in Nursing

Our analysis found Sentara College of Health Sciences to be the best value school for nursing students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the Southeast Region . Located in the suburb of Chesapeake, Sentara College of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Sentara College of Health Sciences undergraduate students pay an average of $2,183 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from Sentara College of Health Sciences take out $19,001 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $189, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Sentara College of Health Sciences also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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Out of the 255 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Mississippi University for Women landed the # 2 spot on the list. MUW is a small public school located in the town of Columbus.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MUW are $7,525 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from MUW carry an average student debtload of $13,098. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means American Public University System is a great value for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at American Military University are $7,324 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at American Military University accumulate an average of around $23,386 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Western Carolina University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in the Southeast Region . WCU is a fairly large public school located in the town of Cullowhee.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCU are $8,277 a year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at WCU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,991. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA

Out of the 255 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Nicholls State University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Thibodaux, Nicholls State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Nicholls State University are $8,991 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Nicholls State University accumulate an average of around $23,803 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 $215.

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Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Bethel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of McKenzie.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bethel are $11,448 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Bethel carry an average student debtload of $25,144.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Bethel also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Rasmussen College - Florida ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Rasmussen College - Florida are $10,935 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Rasmussen College - Florida accumulate an average of around $27,013 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 $261.

Rasmussen College - Florida excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list.

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#8

Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL

With a ranking of #8, Santa Fe College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Gainesville, Santa Fe College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Santa Fe College are $9,189 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Santa Fe College carry an average student debtload of $24,558. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $226, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Adventist University of Health Sciences came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the city of Orlando, Florida Hospital College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Florida Hospital College undergraduate students pay an average of $12,840 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Florida Hospital College carry an average student debtload of $26,409. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $267, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

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#10

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, FL

St Petersburg College 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 #10 on the list. Located in the city of Clearwater, SPC is a public school with a very large student population.

SPC undergraduate students pay an average of $9,286 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at SPC take out an average of $22,890 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Cabarrus College of Health Sciences ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Concord.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences undergraduate students pay an average of $13,574 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences carry an average student debtload of $25,712. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $279.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list.

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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, FranU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FranU are $14,145 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from FranU carry an average student debtload of $25,769. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

In addition to its great value ranking, FranU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list.

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#13

Chipola College

Marianna, FL

Chipola College 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 #13 on the list. Located in the town of Marianna, Chipola is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Chipola are $8,950 per year.

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University of Phoenix - Florida ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the suburb of Orlando, UOPX - Florida is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UOPX - Florida are $9,552 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at UOPX - Florida accumulate an average of around $24,299 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $243.

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Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences ranked #15 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the city of Memphis, Baptist College of Health Sciences is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Baptist College of Health Sciences undergraduate students pay an average of $12,332 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Baptist College of Health Sciences accumulate an average of around $36,966 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $401.

Baptist College of Health Sciences excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. FSCJ is a very large public school located in the city of Jacksonville.

FSCJ undergraduate students pay an average of $9,631 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at FSCJ take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $18,305. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $166, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. BC is a very large public school located in the city of Fort Lauderdale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BC are $8,952 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at BC accumulate an average of around $13,643 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $143.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the distant town of Pembroke, UNC Pembroke is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNC Pembroke are $7,490 a year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at UNC Pembroke take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,347. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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University of Southern Mississippi ranked #19 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the small city of Hattiesburg, Southern Miss is a public college with a large student population.

Southern Miss undergraduate students pay an average of $10,896 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Southern Miss accumulate an average of around $23,637 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $252.

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Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing 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 #20 on the list. Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Richmond.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing are $14,550 a year. On average, nursing graduates from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing take out $25,189 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list.

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With a ranking of #21, Middle Georgia State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Macon, Middle Georgia State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Middle Georgia State University are $11,389 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Middle Georgia State University carry an average student debtload of $22,772. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $215.

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#22

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

With a ranking of #22, Alcorn State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Alcorn State is a small public school located in the rural area of Alcorn State.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Alcorn State are $7,290 a year. Nursing majors at Alcorn State take out an average of $21,682 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 $179.

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Georgia Highlands College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the rural area of Rome, GHC is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

GHC undergraduate students pay an average of $9,696 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at GHC accumulate an average of around $16,592 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $144.

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Miami Dade College

Miami, FL

With a ranking of #24, Miami Dade College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Miami, MDC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

MDC undergraduate students pay an average of $9,661 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at MDC take out an average of $13,662 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $104, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Gordon State College

Barnesville, GA

Gordon State College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the town of Barnesville, Gordon is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Gordon are $10,695 per year. On average, nursing graduates from Gordon take out $26,500 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 $255.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

#26

Centra College of Nursing

Lynchburg, VA
#27

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL
#30

Polk State College

Winter Haven, FL
#31

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#32

College of Coastal Georgia

Brunswick, GA
#34

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#36

Sullivan University

Louisville, KY
#38

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

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 Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
39 University of Florida-Online Gainesville, FL
40 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
40 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
42 Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL
43 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
44 Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL
44 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
46 South University’s online programs Savannah, GA
47 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
48 Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL
48 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
48 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
51 Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, GA

Best Nursing Colleges by State

Explore the best nursing schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
North Carolina 7,453
West Virginia 1,530
Alabama 6,743
Kentucky 5,348
Georgia 7,379
Tennessee 5,664
Louisiana 3,193
Mississippi 2,876
South Carolina 3,394
Florida 18,904
Virginia 6,650
Arkansas 2,869

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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