2021 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans

744 Colleges
159,958 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,294 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Nursing Schools for Vets

Best Nursing Colleges for VeteransIn 2019-2020, 159,958 nursing students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #2 most popular in the country.

This year's Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans ranking looked at 744 colleges that offer a bachelor's in nursing. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality nursing programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the nursing program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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 Nursing Schools for Veterans list to help you make the college decision.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Nursing Schools for Veterans in the United States

Check out the nursing programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for vets.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Nursing Schools

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Walden University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 49,695 students enrolled at Walden University, 2,657 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,791 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,191. In addition to receiving other benefits, 17 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Walden University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on veterans at Walden University

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Grand Canyon University. Grand Canyon University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Phoenix.

Our most recent data shows that 6,566 of the 103,427 students enrolled at Grand Canyon University were GI Bill® students, of which 4,373 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,044. To help with additional expenses, 12 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at Grand Canyon University

Our rankings recognize Chamberlain University - Illinois as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Chamberlain - Illinois is a very large private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Addison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Chamberlain - Illinois also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Nursing ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 871 of the 29,481 students enrolled at Chamberlain - Illinois were GI Bill® students, of which 711 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,859. In addition to receiving other benefits, 31 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at Chamberlain University - Illinois Report

#4

University of Providence

Great Falls, MT

University of Providence comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. University of Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Great Falls. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, University of Providence also did well on our Best Colleges for Nursing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, University of Providence supports 1,005 students, and 43 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 29 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,689. During this same period, 6 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Providence does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value nursing schools. Capella University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Among the 38,930 students enrolled at Capella University, 2,741 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 2,001 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,027. During this same period, 12 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Arlington. Located in the city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Arlington also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Nursing list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

Among the 48,072 students enrolled at UT Arlington, 2,100 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,897. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at The University of Texas at Arlington

#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Governors University. WGU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Salt Lake City.

Our most recent data shows that 7,754 of the 147,866 students enrolled at WGU were GI Bill® students, of which 5,005 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,711. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. WGU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full Veterans at Western Governors University Report

#8

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Our rankings recognize Molloy College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Molloy is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Rockville Centre. Molloy not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Nursing list.

Our most recent data shows that 55 of the 5,115 students enrolled at Molloy were GI Bill® students, of which 38 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $17,220. During this same period, 17 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Azusa Pacific University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value nursing schools. Located in the large suburb of Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Azusa Pacific has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Nursing ranking.

Of the 9,006 students enrolled at Azusa Pacific, 418 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 311 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,393. In addition to receiving other benefits, 70 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Azusa Pacific does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full Veterans at Azusa Pacific University Report

California State University - Sacramento comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Sac State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Sacramento. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Sac State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing list.

Our most recent data shows that 804 of the 32,293 students enrolled at Sac State were GI Bill® students, of which 374 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,468. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at California State University - Sacramento

#11

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA

Gwynedd Mercy University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Gwynedd Valley, Gwynedd - Mercy is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Gwynedd - Mercy excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing list.

Our most recent data shows that 67 of the 2,737 students enrolled at Gwynedd - Mercy were GI Bill® students, of which 40 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,115. During this same period, 5 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Gwynedd - Mercy does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Adelphi University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Garden City, Adelphi is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Adelphi also made our Best Colleges for Nursing list, coming in at #4.

Of the 7,584 students enrolled at Adelphi, 105 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 73 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $17,254. During this same period, 28 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at Adelphi University Report

#13

Felician University

Lodi, NJ

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Felician University. Felician is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lodi.

Of the 2,556 students enrolled at Felician, 42 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 35 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,178. On top of their other funding sources, 7 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Veterans at Felician University Report

#14

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, NJ

Our rankings recognize College of Saint Elizabeth as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Morristown, CSE is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. CSE excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing list.

Of the 1,272 students enrolled at CSE, 15 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 10 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,340. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at College of Saint Elizabeth

#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Drexel also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Nursing rankings.

According to our most recent data, Drexel supports 23,589 students, and 745 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 578 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,336. In addition to receiving other benefits, 255 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Phoenix - Arizona as the #16 school in this year's rankings. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

According to our most recent data, UOPX - Arizona supports 89,763 students, and 13,284 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 11,869 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,593. To help with additional expenses, 28 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UOPX - Arizona does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on veterans at University of Phoenix - Arizona

#17

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Pace University - New York landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value nursing schools. Pace University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. Pace University also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Nursing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Pace University supports 12,835 students, and 353 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 345 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,459. During this same period, 195 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#18

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

SUNY Empire State College comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. SUNY Empire is a large public school located in the suburb of Saratoga Springs.

According to our most recent data, SUNY Empire supports 10,724 students, and 333 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 236 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,080. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at SUNY Empire State College

Thomas Edison State University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Trenton, TESU is a public college with a large student population.

According to our most recent data, TESU supports 10,495 students, and 1,243 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,016 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,853. During this same period, 534 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. TESU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Full Veterans at Thomas Edison State University Report

#20

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Delhi. Located in the town of Delhi, SUNY Delhi is a public school with a small student population.

According to our most recent data, SUNY Delhi supports 3,077 students, and 55 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 41 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,140. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at SUNY Delhi

#21

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. JU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Jacksonville. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, JU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing list.

Of the 4,053 students enrolled at JU, 482 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 342 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,052. On top of their other funding sources, 140 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at Jacksonville University

Our rankings recognize California State University - East Bay as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Cal State East Bay is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Hayward.

Of the 16,253 students enrolled at Cal State East Bay, 370 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 203 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,139. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read full report on veterans at California State University - East Bay

#23

D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to D'Youville College. Located in the city of Buffalo, D'Youville College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, D'Youville College is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing list.

According to our most recent data, D’Youville College supports 2,785 students, and 148 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 84 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,082. During this same period, 23 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Read full report on veterans at D’Youville College

Our rankings recognize Florida National University - Main Campus as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Hialeah, Florida National University - Main Campus is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Our most recent data shows that 41 of the 4,173 students enrolled at Florida National University - Main Campus were GI Bill® students, of which 31 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,515.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Fullerton as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cal State Fullerton also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Nursing ranking.

Of the 42,051 students enrolled at Cal State Fullerton, 661 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 349 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,037. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Veterans at California State University - Fullerton Report

Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans

#26

New York University

New York, NY
#27

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#28

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#32

Daemen College

Amherst, NY

#33

National University

La Jolla, CA

#34

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#35

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA
#37

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#40

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#41

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

#42

Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, NY

#43

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
#44

Regis University

Denver, CO
#45

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#46

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#47

Simpson University

Redding, CA
#48

Rivier University

Nashua, NH
#50

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 744 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Marymount University Arlington, VA
52 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
53 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
54 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
55 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
56 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
57 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
58 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
59 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
60 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
61 LIU Post Brookville, NY
62 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
63 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
64 Creighton University Omaha, NE
65 Bay State College Boston, MA
66 Washington State University Pullman, WA
67 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
68 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
69 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
70 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
71 Hunter College New York, NY
72 Augusta University Augusta, GA
73 Concordia University - Portland Portland, OR
74 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
75 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
76 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
77 George Washington University Washington, DC
78 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
79 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
80 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
81 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
82 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
83 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
84 United States University San Diego, CA
85 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
86 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
87 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
88 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
89 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
90 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
91 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
92 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
93 Florida International University Miami, FL
94 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
95 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
96 Edgewood College Madison, WI
97 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
98 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
99 Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg, NY
100 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
101 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
102 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
103 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
104 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
105 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
106 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
107 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
108 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
109 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
110 Elms College Chicopee, MA
111 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans award.

Rank College Location
112 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
113 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
114 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
115 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
116 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
117 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
118 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
119 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
120 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
121 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
122 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
123 Kean University Union, NJ
124 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
125 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
126 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
127 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
128 University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton, TX
129 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
130 Great Basin College Elko, NV
131 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
132 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
133 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
134 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
135 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
136 South University, Columbia Columbia, SC
137 Northeastern University Boston, MA
138 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA
139 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
140 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
141 Simmons University Boston, MA
142 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
143 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
144 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
145 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
146 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
147 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
148 Nevada State College Henderson, NV

Nursing by Region

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Region
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Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Health 18,064
Health & Medical Administrative Services 17,986
Health Sciences & Services 17,662
Communication Sciences 11,076
Allied Health Professions 9,989

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

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 the rest 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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