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146,866 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A bachelor's degree in registered nursing is offered at 1,074 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 32% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of registered nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Registered Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 146,866 students earned their bachelor's degree in registered nursing. This earns it the #1 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in registered nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 146,866
Associate’s Degree 81,677
Master’s Degree 17,491
Undergraduate Certificate 2,414
Basic Certificate 1,376
Doctor’s Degree 1,045
Graduate Certificate 410

Earnings of Registered Nursing Majors With Bachelor’s Degree

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for registered nursing majors with their bachelor's degree due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for registered nursing majors who have their bachelor's degree is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in registered nursing. About 86.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 19,518
Women 127,348
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Registered Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of registered nursing bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9,702
Black or African American 13,978
Hispanic or Latino 18,840
White 91,454
International Students 1,032
Other Races/Ethnicities 11,860
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Registered Nursing Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,074 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in registered nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
9,573 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 98,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9,573 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from WGU. About 90% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

7,915 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,890 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7,915 bachelor's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Chamberlain - Illinois. Of these students, 89% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
4,367 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Each year, around 83,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4,367 bachelor's degree were handed out to registered nursing majors at Grand Canyon University. Of these students, 88% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

3,811 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,811 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from UT Arlington. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

2,464 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio University - Main Campus is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 29,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,612 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,464 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from Ohio U. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#6

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,338 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Capella University. Each year, around 36,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,338 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from Capella University. About 91% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

1,150 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 5,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,168 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,150 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Of these students, 85% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1,038 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,510 per year.

The registered nursing program at National University College awarded 1,038 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 99% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,028 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Walden University. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The registered nursing program at Walden University awarded 1,028 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
931 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Roughly 90,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 931 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from SNHU. About 92% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
789 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 16,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,443 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,719 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of North Carolina at Wilmington awarded 789 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 92% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

684 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is West Coast University - Orange County. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $25,615 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,521 per year.

The registered nursing program at West Coast University - Orange County awarded 684 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#13

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
669 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 66,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of Central Florida awarded 669 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 84% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

California State University - San Marcos

San Marcos, California
636 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - San Marcos comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 15,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The registered nursing program at California State University - San Marcos awarded 636 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
630 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Drexel University. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

The registered nursing program at Drexel University awarded 630 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

614 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 103,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 614 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from UOPX - Arizona. Of these students, 90% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

West Coast University - Los Angeles

North Hollywood, California
587 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Coast University - Los Angeles is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 1,600 attend the school each year. The registered nursing program at West Coast University - Los Angeles awarded 587 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

#18

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
558 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Each year, around 31,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

The registered nursing program at Northern Arizona University awarded 558 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 85% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida
557 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of West Florida is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Roughly 13,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,735 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,088 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 557 people received their bachelor's degree in registered nursing from University of West Florida. Of these students, 83% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

555 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for registered nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of South Florida - Main Campus. Each year, around 43,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

The registered nursing program at University of South Florida - Main Campus awarded 555 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to registered nursing that offer bachelor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing Research & Other 3,429
Nursing Science 1,447
Nursing Administration 827
Nursing Practice 765
Public Health Nursing 746

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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