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2021 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

535 Schools Ranked
$14,440 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$24,033 Avg Student Debt

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for nursing students. 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. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Nursing Degree Search has created the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 535 schools in the United States to see which ones had 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.

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#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
9,573 Total Awards
$6,670 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,715 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found Western Governors University to be the most popular school for nursing students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 9,573 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

WGU does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $6,670. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $19,715 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 90% of those degree recipients were women.

WGU is primarily an online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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7,915 Total Awards
$19,900 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,148 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Chamberlain University - Illinois helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular nursing schools in the United States. Addison, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,915 students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Chamberlain - Illinois is $19,900. 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 $26,148 in student loans. Around 89% of those degree recipients were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 92% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
4,367 Total Awards
$17,176 Average Tuition & Fees
$27,383 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Grand Canyon University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular nursing schools in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the large private for-profit school awarded 4,367 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $17,176 to cover tuition and fees at Grand Canyon University. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $27,383 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 88% of those degree recipients were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 87% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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3,811 Total Awards
$11,040 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,886 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend The University of Texas at Arlington. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Arlington, Texas is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,811 students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UT Arlington is $11,040. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $28,129. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,886 in student loans. Around 84% of those degree recipients were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 49% took at least some of their classes online.

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2,464 Total Awards
$12,612 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,751 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ohio University - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Ohio U is a public institution located in Athens, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Ohio who attend Ohio U full time pay an average of $12,612 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,406. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,751 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 88% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 46% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#6

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,338 Total Awards
$14,540 Average Tuition & Fees
$33,571 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Capella University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. This large private for-profit school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 1,338 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Capella University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $14,540. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Capella University accumulate an average of $33,571 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 91% of those degree recipients were women.

Since Capella University is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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1,150 Total Awards
$9,773 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,767 Avg Student Debt

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. This medium-sized public school is located in Lubbock, Texas, and it awarded 1,150 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Texas who attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center full time pay an average of $9,773 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,788. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,767 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 85% were women.

Around 62% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#8

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1,038 Total Awards
$6,675 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,617 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, National University College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. National University College is a fairly large private for-profit school located in Bayamon, Puerto Rico that handed out 1,038 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $6,675 to cover tuition and fees at National University College. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $17,617 in student loans. Around 78% of those degree recipients were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 50% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#9

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,028 Total Awards
$10,766 Average Tuition & Fees
$36,857 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #9, Walden University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Walden University is a private for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a large population, and it awarded 1,028 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Walden University, expect to pay an average of $10,766 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $36,857 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 90% of those degree recipients were women.

Walden University is primarily an online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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#10

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
931 Total Awards
$31,136 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,113 Avg Student Debt

Southern New Hampshire University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Southern New Hampshire University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Manchester, New Hampshire that handed out 931 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

SNHU does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $31,136. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,113 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 92% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 94% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#11

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
789 Total Awards
$7,181 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,899 Avg Student Debt

University of North Carolina at Wilmington ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UNCW is a public institution located in Wilmington, North Carolina. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 789 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UNCW is $7,181. Out-of-state students pay an average of $21,246. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UNCW accumulate an average of $21,899 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 92% were women.

Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 45% took at least some of their classes online.

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#12

Purdue University Northwest

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

With a ranking of #12, Purdue University Northwest did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Purdue Northwest is a fairly large public school situated in Hammond, Indiana. It awarded 782 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,542 in tuition and fees if they attend Purdue Northwest full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $13,993. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,205 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 87% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 42% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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684 Total Awards
$26,645 Average Tuition & Fees
$31,412 Avg Student Debt

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 Anaheim, California, the small private for-profit school awarded 684 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at West Coast University - Orange County is $26,645. 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 $31,412 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

In 2017-2018 about 47% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#14

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
669 Total Awards
$6,368 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,073 Avg Student Debt

University of Central Florida came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. University of Central Florida is a large public school located in Orlando, Florida that handed out 669 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UCF is $6,368. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $22,467. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UCF accumulate an average of $20,073 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 84% of those degree recipients were women.

In 2017-2018 about 59% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#15

Aspen University

Denver, Colorado
661 Total Awards
$3,920 Average Tuition & Fees

Aspen University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in Denver, Colorado, the medium-sized private for-profit school awarded 661 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Aspen University, expect to pay an average of $3,920 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Around 91% of those degree recipients were women.

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

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#16

California State University - San Marcos

San Marcos, California
636 Total Awards
$7,717 Average Tuition & Fees
$19,154 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #16, California State University - San Marcos did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Cal State San Marcos is located in San Marcos, California and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 636 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Students from California who attend Cal State San Marcos full time pay an average of $7,717 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $19,597. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $19,154 in student loans. Around 83% of those degree recipients were women.

During the 2017-2018 year, about 30% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#17

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
630 Total Awards
$54,516 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,704 Avg Student Debt

Drexel University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 630 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Drexel does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $54,516. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Drexel accumulate an average of $25,704 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 86% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 12% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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614 Total Awards
$9,552 Average Tuition & Fees
$38,796 Avg Student Debt

University of Phoenix - Arizona came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UOPX - Arizona is located in Tempe, Arizona and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 614 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

UOPX - Arizona does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $9,552. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $38,796 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 90% were women.

Around 99% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#19

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
592 Total Awards
$11,100 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,994 Avg Student Debt

American Sentinel University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. American Sentinel University is a small private for-profit school located in Aurora, Colorado that handed out 592 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend American Sentinel University, expect to pay an average of $11,100 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $23,994 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 89% of those degree recipients were women.

American Sentinel University is primarily an online school, so it is a great choice for returning adults and students who work full time.

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#20

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
558 Total Awards
$11,142 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,582 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, Northern Arizona University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and it awarded 558 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $11,142 in tuition and fees if they attend NAU full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $17,785. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from NAU accumulate an average of $21,582 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 85% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 41% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#21

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida
557 Total Awards
$5,776 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,502 Avg Student Debt

The University of West Florida ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Pensacola, Florida, the fairly large public school awarded 557 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Florida pay an average of $5,776 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend University of West Florida. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $18,658. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $21,502 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 83% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 57% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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555 Total Awards
$6,410 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,597 Avg Student Debt

University of South Florida - Main Campus ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. USF Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 555 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Students from Florida who attend USF Tampa full time pay an average of $6,410 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $17,324. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,597 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 85% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 60% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#23

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
496 Total Awards
$11,480 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,268 Avg Student Debt

Wilmington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Wilmington University is located in New Castle, Delaware and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 496 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Wilmington University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $11,480. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $22,268 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 89% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 78% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#24

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
495 Total Awards
$40,220 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,333 Avg Student Debt

Azusa Pacific University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Azusa, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 495 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Azusa Pacific is $40,220. 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 $24,333 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 79% were women.

To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 23% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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484 Total Awards
$11,154 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,401 Avg Student Debt

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the large public school awarded 484 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Students from Ohio who attend Cincinnati full time pay an average of $11,154 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $26,488. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $24,401 in student loans. Around 84% of those degree recipients were women.

Around 43% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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Not only did these schools make the top most popular online list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#28

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
#31

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan
#33

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan
#34

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
#35

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
#35

Resurrection University

Chicago, Illinois
#37

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida
#39

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
#40

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island
#41

Utica College

Utica, New York
#43

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia
#44

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
#46

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#46

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi
#48

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
#49

Denver College of Nursing

Denver, Colorado
#50

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

To learn more about the schools below, just click on their names:

Rank School 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 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
57 George Washington University Washington, DC
59 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
59 Regis University Denver, CO
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 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
76 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
78 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
79 Villanova University Villanova, PA
79 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
81 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our most popular online nursing schools ranking:

Rank School Location
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 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
86 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
88 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
89 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
89 CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
91 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
91 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
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 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
100 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
100 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
100 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
105 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
106 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
106 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
106 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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