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2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s

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Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor's

When it comes to choosing a college, students have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our “Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s” ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

With 313,362 degrees handed out in 2019-2020, nursing is the 3rd most popular major in the United States. In 2017-2018, nursing graduates who were awarded their degree in 2015-2017, earned an average of $67,065 and had an average of $26,282 in loans still to pay off.

At the bachelor’s degree level specifically, there were 159,958 nursing graduates with average earnings and debt of $38,303 and $24,501 respectively.

This year’s “Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s” ranking looked at 994 colleges that offer degrees in a bachelor’s in nursing. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great nursing programs and cost less that schools of similar quality.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the nursing program at the school and the cost of the school after aid is awarded among other things. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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When choosing the right school for you, it’s important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we’ve created a number of major-specific rankings, including this “Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s” list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s

The colleges and universities below are the best for bachelor’s degree nursing students.

Top 25 Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Nursing

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah

Out of the 994 schools in the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Governors University landed the #1 spot on the list. Western Governors University is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and, has a large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 11,863 bachelors’s nursing degrees to qualified students.

WGU also claimed a top spot on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category. It costs about $9,805 for bachelor’s degree nursing students per year to attend Western Governors University.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at WGU

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Phoenix - Arizona. The school came in at #2 for the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s. This large school is located in Tempe, Arizona, and it awarded 789 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UOPX - Arizona also did well on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis. The yearly cost to attend University of Phoenix - Arizona is $12,944 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students.

Read full report on Nursing at University of Phoenix - Arizona

#3

University of Phoenix - California

Costa Mesa, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Phoenix - California. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. Costa Mesa, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelors’s nursing degrees to 203 students in 2019-2020.

UOPX - California also claimed a top spot on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category. It costs about $12,664 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students per year to attend University of Phoenix - California.

Full University of Phoenix - California Nursing Report

#4

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Capella University. The school came in at #4 for the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s. Capella University is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and, has a large student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 2,035 bachelors’s nursing degrees to qualified students.

Capella University excels when it comes to nursing quality. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category. The estimated yearly cost for Capella University is $17,619 for bachelor’s degree nursing students.

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#5

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
Top 10% in overall quality

Out of the 994 schools in the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s that were part of this year’s ranking, American Sentinel University landed the #5 spot on the list. This small school is located in Aurora, Colorado, and it awarded 608 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, American Sentinel University is in the top on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Read full report on Nursing at American Sentinel University

Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #6 spot on the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Brigham Young University - Provo is a private not-for-profit institution located in Provo, Utah. The school has a large population, and it awarded 130 bachelors’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend BYU is $13,322 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. The low student loan default rate of 1.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at Brigham Young University - Provo

Brigham Young University - Idaho came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. This large school is located in Rexburg, Idaho, and it awarded 276 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $7,167 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students per year to attend BYU - I.

The low student loan default rate of 3.2% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read full report on Nursing at Brigham Young University - Idaho

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking, coming in at #8. SUNY Downstate is a public institution located in Brooklyn, New York. The school has a small population, and it awarded 125 bachelors’s degrees in 2019-2020.

SUNY Downstate also took the #13 spot in our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” ranking.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. The low student loan default rate of 0.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

#9

United States University

San Diego, California

With a ranking of #9, United States University did quite well on the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. San Diego, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelors’s nursing degrees to 26 students in 2019-2020.

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#10

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware

Wilmington University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. Located in New Castle, Delaware, this fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 461 diplomas to qualified bachelors’s nursing students in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend Wilmington University is $14,683 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students.

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West Coast University - Dallas came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Located in Dallas, Texas, this small private for-profit school handed out 182 diplomas to qualified bachelors’s nursing students in 2019-2020.

In addition to being on this list, West Coast University - Dallas is in the top on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. The yearly cost to attend West Coast University - Dallas is $27,473 for bachelor’s degree nursing students.

The low student loan default rate of 1.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at West Coast University - Dallas

#12

Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

Minot State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Minot State University is a small school located in Minot, North Dakota that handed out 54 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

The estimated yearly cost for Minot State University is $11,898 for bachelor’s degree nursing students.

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#13

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, New York
Top 5% in overall quality

The Graduate Center, CUNY did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking, coming in at #13. Located in New York, New York, this medium-sized public school handed out 170 diplomas to qualified bachelors’s nursing students in 2019-2020.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, The Graduate Center is also in the top of our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” ranking. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. The low student loan default rate of 4.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read full report on Nursing at The Graduate Center

#14

Clarkson College

Omaha, Nebraska

Clarkson College landed the #14 spot on the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. This small school is located in Omaha, Nebraska, and it awarded 118 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

Clarkson College excels when it comes to nursing quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. The estimated yearly cost for Clarkson College is $20,123 for bachelor’s degree nursing students.

The student loan default rate at the school is 0.5%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at Clarkson College

#15

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond, Indiana

Purdue University Northwest came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Hammond, Indiana is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelors’s nursing degrees to 655 students in 2019-2020.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Purdue Northwest is also in the top of our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” ranking. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. The yearly cost to attend Purdue Northwest is $11,250 for bachelor’s degree nursing students.

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#16

Kettering College

Kettering, Ohio

Kettering College did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking, coming in at #16. Kettering College is located in Kettering, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 108 bachelors’s nursing degrees to qualified students.

In addition to being on this list, Kettering College is in the top on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It costs about $18,853 for bachelor’s degree nursing students per year to attend Kettering College.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

Read full report on Nursing at Kettering College

#17

Thomas Edison State University

Trenton, New Jersey

Thomas Edison State University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. TESU is a public institution located in Trenton, New Jersey. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 193 bachelors’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Full Thomas Edison State University Nursing Report

#18

Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, Mississippi

Mississippi University for Women ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. MUW is located in Columbus, Mississippi and, has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 371 bachelors’s nursing degrees to qualified students.

The estimated yearly cost for MUW is $12,054 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students.

Read more about Nursing at Mississippi University for Women

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Located in Lubbock, Texas, this medium-sized public school awarded 1,051 diplomas to qualified bachelors’s nursing students in 2019-2020.

As a testament to the quality of education offered at TTUHSC, the school also landed the #3 spot in our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” ranking.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. The student loan default rate at the school is 1.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

Full TTUHSC Nursing Report

#20

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University landed the #20 spot on the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. This fairly large school is located in Brookings, South Dakota, and it awarded 313 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

It costs about $19,252 for bachelor’s degree nursing students per year to attend South Dakota State.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

Full South Dakota State Nursing Report

#21

Denver College of Nursing

Denver, Colorado
Top 15% in overall quality

Denver College of Nursing came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Located in Denver, Colorado, this small private for-profit school awarded 382 diplomas to qualified bachelors’s nursing students in 2019-2020.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Denver College of Nursing also did well on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The low student loan default rate of 0.3% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Full Denver College of Nursing Nursing Report

West Coast University - Orange County ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. This small school is located in Anaheim, California, and it awarded 759 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

West Coast University - Orange County not only placed well in this ranking. It is also #7 on our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” list. It costs about $39,100 for bachelor’s degree nursing students per year to attend West Coast University - Orange County.

The low student loan default rate of 1.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at West Coast University - Orange County

North Dakota State University - Main Campus ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s list. North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a public institution located in Fargo, North Dakota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 202 bachelors’s degrees in 2019-2020.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Dakota State University is also in the top of our “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools” ranking. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category. The yearly cost to attend North Dakota State University - Main Campus is $16,584 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students.

The low student loan default rate of 3.1% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

Read more about Nursing at North Dakota State University

#24

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

Bemidji State University did quite well in the 2022 Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking, coming in at #24. This small school is located in Bemidji, Minnesota, and it awarded 150 bachelors’s nursing degrees in 2019-2020.

The yearly cost to attend Bemidji State University is $15,868 for Bachelor’s Degree Nursing students.

Full Bemidji State University Nursing Report

#25

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Walden University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s ranking. Walden University is a private for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a large population, and it awarded 892 bachelors’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Read more about Nursing at Walden University

Rest of the Best 50 in Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s

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

#27

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
#28

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota
#29

Touro University Nevada

Henderson, Nevada
#30

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
#32

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
#33

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
#34

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, North Dakota
#36

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
#37

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
#38

West Texas A&M University

Canyon, Texas
#40

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
#41

Hunter College

New York, New York
#43

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
#46

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas
#47

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
#49

Mayville State University

Mayville, North Dakota

Rest of the Top 15% Colleges in Best Value Nursing Schools for a Bachelor’s

While not in the ‘top 50’, these schools make the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

Rank College Location
51 Chamberlain University - Illinois Addison, IL
52 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
53 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
54 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
55 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
56 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
57 Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee, WA
58 West Coast University-Miami Doral, FL
58 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
60 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
61 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
62 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
63 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
64 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
65 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
Rank College Location
66 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, OK
67 Rasmussen University - Florida Ocala, FL
68 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
69 Chipola College Marianna, FL
70 Valencia College Orlando, FL
71 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS
72 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
73 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
74 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
75 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
76 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
77 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
78 Chamberlain University - Nevada Las Vegas, NV
79 Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
80 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cape Girardeau, MO
81 Chamberlain University - New Jersey North Brunswick, NJ
82 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
83 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
84 University of Phoenix - Hawaii Honolulu, HI
84 Franklin University Columbus, OH
86 Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, GA
87 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
88 North Florida College Madison, FL
89 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
90 Maine College of Health Professions Lewiston, ME
Rank College Location
91 National University La Jolla, CA
92 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
93 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
94 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
95 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
95 University of Maine at Fort Kent Fort Kent, ME
97 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
98 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
99 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
100 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
101 Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
102 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
103 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
104 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
105 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
106 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
107 Lehman College Bronx, NY
108 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
109 University of Puerto Rico - Humacao Humacao, PR
110 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
111 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Portales, NM
112 Monroe College Bronx, NY
112 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
112 Chamberlain University - North Carolina Charlotte, NC
115 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL
Rank College Location
116 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
117 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
118 New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas, NM
118 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
120 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Saint Louis, MO
121 Excelsior College Albany, NY
122 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
122 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, OK
124 Henderson State University Arkadelphia, AR
125 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
126 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
127 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
128 AdventHealth University Orlando, FL
129 Purdue University Global Indianapolis, IN
130 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
131 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH
132 Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
133 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
134 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
135 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
136 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
137 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
137 Brandman University Irvine, CA
139 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
139 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
Rank College Location
141 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA
142 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
143 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
144 Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Canton, OH
145 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
146 American University of Health Sciences Signal Hill, CA
146 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
148 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
149 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
149 South Florida State College Avon Park, FL

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Notes and References

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%.

Read more about our data sources and methodologies

Footnotes

  • *Average salary, average net price, and average tuition and fees are for the top schools only.
  • Some schools otherwise deserving of recognition may have been removed from this ranking in the event that new data identified post-publication warranted it, or at the request of the school.

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