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2021 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

1,166 Schools Ranked
$15,751 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$24,033 Avg Student Debt

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for nursing students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

The Most Popular Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Nursing Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 1,166 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs were the most popular for nursing students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#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 handed out 9,573 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $6,670 to cover tuition and fees at WGU. 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 $19,715 in student loans. Around 90% of those degree recipients were women.

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

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

You’ll be in good company if you attend Chamberlain University - Illinois. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. This large private for-profit school is located in Addison, Illinois, and it awarded 7,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Chamberlain - Illinois, expect to pay an average of $19,900 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $26,148 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 89% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Chamberlain - Illinois. During the 2017-2018 year, about 92% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#3

Grand Canyon University

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Grand Canyon University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the large private for-profit school handed out 4,367 bachelor’s degree awards 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. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $27,383 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 88% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Grand Canyon University does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 87% took at least some of their classes online.

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

Out of the 1,166 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Texas at Arlington landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in Arlington, Texas, the large public school awarded 3,811 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UT Arlington is $11,040. Out-of-state students pay an average of $28,129. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UT Arlington accumulate an average of $20,886 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 84% of those degree recipients were women.

UT Arlington does offer online classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 49% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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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 - Athens Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. OHIO Athens is located in Athens, Ohio and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,464 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

In-state students pay an average of $12,612 in tuition and fees if they attend OHIO Athens full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,406. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from OHIO Athens accumulate an average of $22,751 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 88% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at OHIO Athens. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 46% took at least some of their classes online.

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#6

Capella University

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

Capella 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 #6 on the list. Capella University is a large private for-profit school situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It awarded 1,338 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Capella University is $14,540. 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 $33,571 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 91% were women.

Capella University is one of the schools on our list that is primarily online. Each undergraduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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

With a ranking of #7, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Lubbock, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,150 students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at TTUHSC is $9,773. Out-of-state students pay an average of $22,788. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $14,767 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 85% of those degree recipients were women.

Online courses are available at TTUHSC, 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 62% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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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

National University College 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 #8 on the list. National University College is a private for-profit institution located in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 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. Of those students who received their degree, 78% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at National University College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 50% took at least some of their classes online.

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#9

Walden University

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

Walden University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large private for-profit school awarded 1,028 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Walden University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $10,766. 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 $36,857 in student loans. 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 landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. SNHU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school has a large population, and it awarded 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.

SNHU 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. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 94% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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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 Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UNCW is a fairly large public school situated in Wilmington, North Carolina. It awarded 789 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at UNCW is $7,181. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $21,246. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,899 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 92% were women.

One thing to take note of is that UNCW does offer online classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 45% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#12

Purdue University Northwest

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

Purdue University Northwest came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Hammond, Indiana is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 782 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $7,542 in tuition and fees if they attend Purdue Northwest full time. Out-of-state students 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.

Online courses are available at Purdue Northwest, 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 42% took at least some of their classes online.

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

West Coast University - Orange County ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Anaheim, California, the small private for-profit school handed out 684 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

West Coast University - Orange County does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $26,645. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from West Coast University - Orange County accumulate an average of $31,412 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since West Coast University - Orange County does offer online classes for certain majors. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 47% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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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 ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Orlando, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 669 students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Florida pay an average of $6,368 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend UCF. 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. Of those students who received their degree, 84% were women.

UCF 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 59% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#15

Aspen University

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

Aspen University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Aspen University is a private for-profit institution located in Denver, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 661 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Aspen University is $3,920. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Of those students who received their degree, 91% were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Aspen University. Every undergraduate student at the school took at least one class 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

California State University - San Marcos landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in San Marcos, California, the fairly large public school handed out 636 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at CSUSM is $7,717. Out-of-state students pay an average of $19,597. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from CSUSM accumulate an average of $19,154 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 83% were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at CSUSM. In fact, around 30% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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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. Drexel is a private not-for-profit institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and it awarded 630 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Drexel is $54,516. 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 $25,704 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 86% were women.

Online courses are available at Drexel, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. 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

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 bachelor’s degree. This large private for-profit school is located in Tempe, Arizona, and it awarded 614 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend UOPX - Arizona, expect to pay an average of $9,552 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could 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 $38,796 in student loans. Around 90% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that UOPX - Arizona does offer online classes in some areas. During the 2017-2018 year, about 99% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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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 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 #19 on the list. Aurora, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 592 students in 2018-2019.

American Sentinel University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $11,100. This amount may 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.

Since American Sentinel 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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#20

West Coast University - Los Angeles

North Hollywood, California
587 Total Awards
$35,110 Average Tuition & Fees
$31,412 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #20, West Coast University - Los Angeles did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in North Hollywood, California, the small private for-profit school handed out 587 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at West Coast University - Los Angeles is $35,110. 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 West Coast University - Los Angeles accumulate an average of $31,412 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 79% of those degree recipients were women.

One thing to take note of is that West Coast University - Los Angeles does offer online classes in some areas. 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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#21

Northern Arizona University

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

With a ranking of #21, 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.

Full-time students from Arizona pay an average of $11,142 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend NAU. Out-of-state students pay an average of $17,785. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $21,582 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 85% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at NAU. In 2017-2018 about 41% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#22

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 landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. This fairly large public school is located in Pensacola, Florida, and it awarded 557 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Florida pay an average of $5,776 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend UWF. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $18,658. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,502 in student loans. Of those students who received their degree, 83% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at UWF. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 57% took at least some of their classes online.

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

University of South Florida - Main Campus 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. USF Tampa is a public institution located in Tampa, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 555 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $6,410 in tuition and fees if they attend USF Tampa full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $17,324. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $20,597 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 85% were women.

USF Tampa 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. 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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#24

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana
553 Total Awards
$10,382 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,811 Avg Student Debt

University of Louisiana at Lafayette landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular bachelor’s degree nursing programs. UL Lafayette is located in Lafayette, Louisiana and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 553 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Full-time students from Louisiana pay an average of $10,382 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend UL Lafayette. Out-of-state students pay an average of $24,110. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UL Lafayette accumulate an average of $22,811 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 90% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online classes at UL Lafayette. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 34% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#25

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, California
527 Total Awards
$50,138 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,813 Avg Student Debt

Samuel Merritt 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 #25 on the list. Samuel Merritt University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Oakland, California that handed out 527 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $50,138 to cover tuition and fees at Samuel Merritt University. The school does not offer an in-state discount. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $18,813 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 80% of those degree recipients were women.

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Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware
#27

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
#32

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Illinois
#33

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
#34

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
#37

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico
#39

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
#39

New York University

New York, New York
#41

Universidad Metropolitana

San Juan, Puerto Rico
#42

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan
#44

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan
#45

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York
#46

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
#47

Resurrection University

Chicago, Illinois
#47

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
#49

Rasmussen College - Florida

Ocala, Florida

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

Rank School Location
51 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
52 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
53 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
54 Utica College Utica, NY
55 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
56 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
57 Washington State University Pullman, WA
58 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Louisville, KY
58 Weber State University Ogden, UT
60 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
61 West Coast University - Ontario Ontario, CA
61 University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE
63 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
63 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
65 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
66 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
67 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
68 Winston - Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
68 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
70 National University La Jolla, CA
71 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
72 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
72 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
74 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
75 Marian University Indianapolis, IN
76 Chamberlain University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
77 University of South Carolina - Upstate Spartanburg, SC
78 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
78 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
80 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
80 LIU Post Brookville, NY
82 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
83 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
84 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
84 George Washington University Washington, DC
86 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
86 Regis University Denver, CO
88 Boise State University Boise, ID
89 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
90 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
91 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
92 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
93 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
94 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
94 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
96 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
97 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
98 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
99 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
100 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
100 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
102 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
103 Emory University Atlanta, GA
103 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
103 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
106 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
106 Florida International University Miami, FL
106 Towson University Towson, MD
109 Excelsior College Albany, NY
110 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
111 Baylor University Waco, TX
112 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
112 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
114 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
114 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
114 University of Mississippi University, MS
117 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
118 Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network Boston, MA
118 Winona State University Winona, MN
118 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
118 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
122 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ
123 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
123 Villanova University Villanova, PA
125 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
126 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
127 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
128 Universidad del Sagrado Corazon Santurce, PR
129 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
130 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
131 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
132 Pace University - New York New York, NY
133 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
134 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
134 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
136 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
137 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
137 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
137 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
140 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
141 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
141 Lehman College Bronx, NY
143 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
143 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
143 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
143 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
147 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
148 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
148 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
148 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
148 Curry College Milton, MA
152 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
152 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
152 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
155 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
156 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
157 Regis College Weston, MA
158 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
158 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
158 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
158 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
162 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
163 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
163 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
165 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
166 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
166 New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
166 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
166 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Metro San Juan, PR
166 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
166 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
172 Daemen College Amherst, NY
173 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
174 University of Portland Portland, OR
174 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
174 South University’s online programs Savannah, GA
174 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
174 Creighton University Omaha, NE

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank School Location
179 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
179 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
179 Columbus State University Columbus, GA
179 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
183 Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA
183 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
185 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
186 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
186 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
188 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
189 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
190 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
190 Chamberlain University - New Jersey North Brunswick, NJ
192 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
192 Aurora University Aurora, IL
194 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
195 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
196 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
196 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
196 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
199 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
200 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
200 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
202 University of Delaware Newark, DE
202 Baker College Flint, MI
204 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
204 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
204 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
204 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
208 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
209 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
209 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
209 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
209 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
213 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
213 State College of Florida - Manatee - Sarasota Bradenton, FL
213 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
216 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
216 Widener University Chester, PA
216 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
216 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
220 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA
220 Augusta University Augusta, GA
220 Lewis - Clark State College Lewiston, ID
223 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
223 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
223 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
223 University of Providence Great Falls, MT
227 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
227 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
227 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
230 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
230 Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
230 Union University Jackson, TN
233 Linfield College - School of Nursing Portland, OR
233 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
233 Illinois State University Normal, IL
233 Binghamton University Vestal, NY

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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