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2021 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Indiana

28 Schools Ranked
$19,223 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$24,324 Avg Student Debt

With all the nursing programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also there are many trade schools and bpptcamp that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. Our analysis looked at 28 schools in Indiana to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for nursing students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school us, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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Top Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Indiana

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#1

Chamberlain University-Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana
63 Total Awards
$19,780 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,148 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Chamberlain University-Indiana the best school in Indiana for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Indianapolis, Indiana is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 63 students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Chamberlain College of Nursing-Indianapolis is $19,780. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,148 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Chamberlain College of Nursing-Indianapolis does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 67% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#2

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond, Indiana
2,109 Total Awards
$7,542 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,205 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 28 schools in Indiana that were part of this year’s ranking, Purdue University Northwest landed the # 2 spot on the list. Purdue Northwest is located in Hammond, Indiana and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,109 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Purdue Northwest is $7,542. Out-of-state students pay an average of $13,993. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Purdue Northwest accumulate an average of $26,205 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Purdue Northwest does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 42% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#3

Goshen College

Goshen, Indiana
232 Total Awards
$34,540 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,700 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Goshen College is a great place for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Goshen, Indiana is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 232 students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $34,540 to cover tuition and fees at Goshen. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $18,700 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Goshen. In fact, around 11% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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1,556 Total Awards
$9,345 Average Tuition & Fees
$27,735 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Indiana. IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Marion, Indiana. It awarded 1,556 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $9,345 to cover tuition and fees at IWU. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $27,735 in loans while pursuing their degree.

IWU does offer online classes for certain degree levels. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 86% took at least some of their classes online.

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#5

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
7,568 Total Awards
$9,992 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,855 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Purdue University - Main Campus. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, the large public school awarded 7,568 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Indiana pay an average of $9,992 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Purdue. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $28,794. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $19,855 in student loans.

Purdue does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 20% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#6

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana
3,621 Total Awards
$10,020 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,444 Avg Student Debt

Ball State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. Muncie, Indiana is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,621 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $10,020 in tuition and fees if they attend Ball State full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $26,800. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Ball State accumulate an average of $23,444 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at Ball State, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 32% took at least some of their classes online.

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343 Total Awards
$31,480 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,604 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Fort Wayne, Indiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 343 students in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend University of St. Francis Fort Wayne, expect to pay an average of $31,480 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,604 in loans while pursuing their degree.

University of St. Francis Fort Wayne does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 47% took at least some of their classes online.

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4,420 Total Awards
$9,701 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,734 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Indianapolis, Indiana is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,420 students in 2018-2019.

Students from Indiana who attend IUPUI full time pay an average of $9,701 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $30,710. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $24,734 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since IUPUI does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 45% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#9

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana
1,623 Total Awards
$8,546 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,765 Avg Student Debt

University of Southern Indiana 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. University of Southern Indiana is a fairly large public school located in Evansville, Indiana that handed out 1,623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $8,546 in tuition and fees if they attend USI full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $19,856. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,765 in student loans.

USI does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 44% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#10

Indiana University - Southeast

New Albany, Indiana
854 Total Awards
$7,527 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,243 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Southeast ranked #10 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in New Albany, Indiana, the small public school awarded 854 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Students from Indiana who attend Indiana University - Southeast full time pay an average of $7,527 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $19,978. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Indiana University - Southeast accumulate an average of $23,243 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at Indiana University - Southeast, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 48% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#11

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
1,020 Total Awards
$30,976 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,871 Avg Student Debt

University of Indianapolis landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Indianapolis, Indiana is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,020 students in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend UIndy, expect to pay an average of $30,976 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,871 in loans while pursuing their degree.

UIndy does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 17% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#12

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana
893 Total Awards
$41,820 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,440 Avg Student Debt

Valparaiso 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 #12 on the list. Valpo is located in Valparaiso, Indiana and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 893 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

The average tuition and fees at Valpo is $41,820. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,440 in student loans.

Valpo does offer online classes for certain degree levels. During the 2017-2018 year, about 8% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#13

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana
778 Total Awards
$27,296 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,355 Avg Student Debt

Indiana Wesleyan 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 #13 on the list. Located in Marion, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 778 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at IWU is $27,296. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from IWU accumulate an average of $24,355 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since IWU does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 4% took at least some of their classes online.

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#14

Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, Indiana
384 Total Awards
$43,900 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,543 Avg Student Debt

Saint Mary’s College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Saint Mary’s College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Notre Dame, Indiana that handed out 384 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend St. Mary’s College, expect to pay an average of $43,900 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $23,543 in loans while pursuing their degree.

St. Mary’s College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 0% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#15

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana
2,011 Total Awards
$9,236 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,039 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #15, Indiana State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, the fairly large public school awarded 2,011 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $9,236 in tuition and fees if they attend Indiana State full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $20,160. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Indiana State accumulate an average of $24,039 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Indiana State does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 41% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#16

Indiana University - Kokomo

Kokomo, Indiana
550 Total Awards
$7,527 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,748 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Kokomo 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 #16 on the list. This small public school is located in Kokomo, Indiana, and it awarded 550 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at IU Kokomo is $7,527. Out-of-state students pay an average of $19,978. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from IU Kokomo accumulate an average of $22,748 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since IU Kokomo does offer online classes for certain majors. In fact, around 42% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#17

University of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana
504 Total Awards
$37,466 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,229 Avg Student Debt

University of Evansville came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. UE is a private not-for-profit institution located in Evansville, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 504 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend UE, expect to pay an average of $37,466 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UE accumulate an average of $24,229 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

UE does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 6% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#18

Indiana University - South Bend

South Bend, Indiana
812 Total Awards
$7,527 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,377 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - South Bend landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Indiana University - South Bend is a public institution located in South Bend, Indiana. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 812 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Indiana pay an average of $7,527 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Indiana University - South Bend. Out-of-state students pay an average of $19,978. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,377 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Indiana University - South Bend. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 48% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#19

Marian University

Indianapolis, Indiana
609 Total Awards
$35,000 Average Tuition & Fees
$27,965 Avg Student Debt

Marian 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 #19 on the list. Marian is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 609 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

The average tuition and fees at Marian is $35,000. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $27,965 in student loans.

Marian does offer online classes for certain degree levels. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 18% took at least some of their classes online.

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#20

Bethel College - Mishawaka

Mishawaka, Indiana
318 Total Awards
$29,170 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,002 Avg Student Debt

Bethel College - Mishawaka came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. Bethel College Indiana is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 318 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Bethel College Indiana does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $29,170. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,002 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Bethel College Indiana does offer online classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 25% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#21

Saint Mary - of - the - Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana
129 Total Awards
$30,500 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,854 Avg Student Debt

Saint Mary - of - the - Woods 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 #21 on the list. Located in Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 129 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $30,500 to cover tuition and fees at St. Mary - of - the - Woods College. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from St. Mary - of - the - Woods College accumulate an average of $21,854 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at St. Mary - of - the - Woods College. During the 2017-2018 year, about 52% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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612 Total Awards
$7,527 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,535 Avg Student Debt

Indiana 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 #22 on the list. Indiana University - Northwest is a small public school located in Gary, Indiana that handed out 612 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,527 in tuition and fees if they attend IU Northwest full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $19,978. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,535 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at IU Northwest. In fact, around 58% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#23

Indiana University - East

Richmond, Indiana
750 Total Awards
$7,527 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,282 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - East ranked #23 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Located in Richmond, Indiana, the small public school handed out 750 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,527 in tuition and fees if they attend IU East full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $19,978. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $21,282 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at IU East. During the 2017-2018 year, about 78% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#24

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
3,466 Total Awards
$8,037 Average Tuition & Fees
$35,940 Avg Student Debt

Kaplan University-Indianapolis came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana ranking. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,466 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Full-time students from Indiana pay an average of $8,037 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Kaplan University-Indianapolis. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $14,358. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $35,940 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is an excellent choice, since the school is online.

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1,428 Total Awards
$8,589 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,603 Avg Student Debt

Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne ranked #25 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana list. Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,428 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $8,589 in tuition and fees if they attend Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $20,622. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,603 in loans while pursuing their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 36% took at least some of their classes online.

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Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

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  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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