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2021 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

535 Colleges
$62,245 Avg Salary
$22,670 Avg Student Debt

Nursing is the most popular major in the United States with 305,309 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which nursing program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Nursing Degree Search has developed this Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 535 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online bachelor's degree programs for nursing students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for nursing majors pursuing an online bachelor's degree.

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our 2021 rankings named Western Governors University the most popular online school in the United States for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

Women make up 90% of the nursing majors at the school.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at WGU accumulate an average of around $10,147 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 $100.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Chamberlain University - Illinois is a great place for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Chamberlain - Illinois is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Addison.

Of the 7,915 students majoring in nursing at Chamberlain - Illinois, 11% are male and 89% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from Chamberlain - Illinois take out $26,148 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 $249.

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#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Grand Canyon University is a great place for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Phoenix.

Of the 4,367 students majoring in nursing at Grand Canyon University, 12% are male and 88% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from Grand Canyon University take out $17,327 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.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means The University of Texas at Arlington is a great place for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 84% of the nursing majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UT Arlington carry an average student debtload of $18,282. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $178, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 535 online programs at schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Ohio University - Athens Campus landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public school with a very large student population.

Of the 2,464 students majoring in nursing at OHIO Athens, 12% are male and 88% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from OHIO Athens take out $17,487 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 $169.

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#6

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

Of the 1,338 students majoring in nursing at Capella University, 9% are male and 91% are female.

Nursing majors at Capella University take out an average of $22,354 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 $237.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the large city of Lubbock, TTUHSC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 85% of the nursing majors at the school.

Nursing majors at TTUHSC take out an average of $12,581 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 $130.

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National University College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Bayamon, National University College is a private for-profit college with a large student population.

Of the 1,038 students majoring in nursing at National University College, 22% are male and 78% are female.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from National University College carry an average student debtload of $14,958. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $140, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

About 90% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 10% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Walden University accumulate an average of around $21,911 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $249.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree nursing programs. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

About 92% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 8% are male.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at SNHU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $13,493. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $141, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UNCW is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Wilmington.

Of the 789 students majoring in nursing at UNCW, 8% are male and 92% are female.

Nursing majors at UNCW take out an average of $17,375 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $166, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Purdue University Northwest ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Purdue Northwest is a large public school located in the large suburb of Hammond.

Of the 782 students majoring in nursing at Purdue Northwest, 13% are male and 87% are female.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Purdue Northwest accumulate an average of around $21,147 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 $195.

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West Coast University - Orange County came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Anaheim, West Coast University - Orange County is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 684 students majoring in nursing at West Coast University - Orange County, 20% are male and 80% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from West Coast University - Orange County take out $32,550 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $362, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Central Florida came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

About 84% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 16% are male.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at UCF accumulate an average of around $15,780 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 $150.

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#15

Aspen University

Denver, CO

Aspen University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular online bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in the city of Denver, Aspen University is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 661 students majoring in nursing at Aspen University, 9% are male and 91% are female.

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California State University - San Marcos ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. CSUSM is a large public school located in the suburb of San Marcos.

Women make up 83% of the nursing majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at CSUSM take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,516. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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#17

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

Women make up 86% of the nursing majors at the school.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Drexel carry an average student debtload of $18,712. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $193.

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With a ranking of #18, University of Phoenix - Arizona did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. UOPX - Arizona is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe.

Women make up 90% of the nursing majors at the school.

On average, nursing graduates from UOPX - Arizona take out $24,299 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 $243.

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American Sentinel University ranked #19 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Aurora, American Sentinel University is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 89% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 11% are male.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from American Sentinel University carry an average student debtload of $17,541. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $184, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

With a ranking of #20, Northern Arizona University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. NAU is a very large public school located in the city of Flagstaff.

About 85% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 15% are male.

Nursing majors at NAU take out an average of $20,153 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 $216.

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With a ranking of #21, The University of West Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Pensacola, UWF is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 83% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 17% are male.

On average, nursing graduates from UWF take out $13,263 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $122, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular online places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 85% of the nursing majors at the school.

Nursing majors at USF Tampa take out an average of $18,023 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 $182.

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#23

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Wilmington University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of New Castle.

About 89% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 11% are male.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Wilmington University carry an average student debtload of $17,991. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $187.

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Azusa Pacific University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 79% of the students majoring in nursing at the school are women while 21% are male.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from Azusa Pacific carry an average student debtload of $26,443. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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With a ranking of #25, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their online bachelor’s degree. UC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Cincinnati.

Of the 484 students majoring in nursing at UC, 16% are male and 84% are female.

On average, nursing graduates from UC take out $22,533 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#31

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI
#33

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI
#35

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA
#35

Resurrection University

Chicago, IL
#39

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
#40

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI
#41

Utica College

Utica, NY
#43

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#46

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#48

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN
#50

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 535 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 National University La Jolla, CA
52 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
53 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
54 University of South Carolina - Upstate Spartanburg, SC
55 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
56 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
57 George Washington University Washington, DC
57 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
59 Regis University Denver, CO
59 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
61 Boise State University Boise, ID
62 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
63 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
64 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
65 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
66 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
67 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
68 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
69 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
69 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
71 Florida International University Miami, FL
72 Excelsior College Albany, NY
73 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
74 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
74 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
76 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
76 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
78 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
79 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
79 Villanova University Villanova, PA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
81 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
82 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
83 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce, PR
84 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
85 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
86 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
86 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
88 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
89 Lehman College Bronx, NY
89 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
91 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
91 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
93 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
93 Curry College Milton, MA
93 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
96 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
96 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
98 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
99 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
100 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
100 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
100 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
100 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
100 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
105 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
106 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
106 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
106 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Nursing Focus Areas

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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