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2022 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Mississippi

7 Colleges in Mississippi
1,150 Bachelor's Degrees
Ranked #2 in popularity, nursing is one of the most sought-after bachelor's degree programs in the nation. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 7 schools in Mississippi to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of nursing. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,150 bachelor's degrees in nursing during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Nursing School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in Mississippi The nursing bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality nursing program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 84% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 1475 to 838 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of bachelor's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their bachelor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on nursing students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of nursing students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for nursing to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized nursing related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for nursing students working on their bachelor's degree.

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 Bachelor's Degree Schools in Mississippi list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Nursing in Mississippi

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for nursing students seeking a a bachelor's degree.

Top Mississippi Schools for a Bachelor's in Nursing

#1

Mississippi College

Clinton, MS
137 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Mississippi College is a wonderful decision for students interested in a bachelor's degree in nursing. MC is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Clinton. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #860 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means MC is a great college overall.

There were about 137 nursing students who graduated with this degree at MC in the most recent data year. After graduating, nursing bachelor's recipients usually earn about $49,800 in their early careers.

More information about a bachelor’s in nursing from Mississippi College

#2

University of Mississippi

University, MS
264 Annual Graduates
$13,668 Median Student Debt

It is hard to beat University of Mississippi if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. Ole Miss is a very large public university located in the town of University. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #548 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Ole Miss is a great university overall.

There were about 264 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Ole Miss in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the nursing program state that they receive average early career wages of $56,400.

More information about a bachelor’s in nursing from University of Mississippi

371 Annual Graduates
$12,500 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat Mississippi University for Women if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. MUW is a small public university located in the remote town of Columbus. This university ranks 6th out of 15 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

There were about 371 nursing students who graduated with this degree at MUW in the most recent year we have data available. Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from Mississippi University for Women earn a boost of approximately $3,067 over the typical income of nursing majors.

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#4

William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS
94 Annual Graduates
$22,449 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat William Carey University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. Located in the city of Hattiesburg, William Carey University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #1087 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means William Carey University is a great university overall.

William Carey University is a fairly popular university to study nursing in Mississippi with about 94 graduations in the most recent data year. After graduation, nursing bachelor's recipients typically earn about $54,400 in their early careers.

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163 Annual Graduates
$24,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Hattiesburg, Southern Miss is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 15 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

There were approximately 163 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Southern Miss in the most recent year we have data available. Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the nursing program earn an average of $54,900 in the first couple years of their career.

More information about a bachelor’s in nursing from University of Southern Mississippi

#6

Belhaven University

Jackson, MS
28 Annual Graduates
$23,102 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Jackson, Belhaven is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 10th out of 15 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

With 28 individuals who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, Belhaven University is one of the most popular universities to study nursing in Mississippi.

More information about a bachelor’s in nursing from Belhaven University

#7

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS
23 Annual Graduates
$17,291 Median Student Debt

Alcorn State is a small public university located in the remote area of Alcorn State. This university ranks 12th out of 15 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Mississippi.

Alcorn State University is one of the most popular universities to study nursing in Mississippi with roughly 23 graduates in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, nursing bachelor's recipients usually earn around $55,600 in the first five years of their career.

More information about a bachelor’s in nursing from Alcorn State University

Best Nursing Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Nursing Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 220 3,623
Florida 214 7,870
Tennessee 209 2,898
North Carolina 207 3,526
Virginia 206 3,044
South Carolina 188 1,510
Alabama 183 2,314
Kentucky 177 2,122
Arkansas 164 1,280
Louisiana 163 1,812
West Virginia 142 726

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One of 30 majors within the Health Professions area of study, Nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 1,150

Majors Similar to Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Communication Sciences 215
Health & Medical Administrative Services 161
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 105
Public Health 101
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 76
Allied Health Professions 51
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 43
Dental Support Services 23
Other Health Professions 15
Health Sciences & Services 10

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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