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Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

150,125 Yearly Graduations
$61,050 Median Salary
$23,387 Median Debt
There are 1,122 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 31% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 150,125 students earned their bachelor's degree in nursing. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 150,125
Associate’s Degree 80,167
Master’s Degree 48,419
Doctor’s Degree 7,921
Graduate Certificate 3,082
Undergraduate Certificate 2,530
Basic Certificate 1,389

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in nursing is $61,050. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $56,400 to a high of $67,800.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in nursing is $23,387. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,635 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $18,455.

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The median monthly payment of a nursing graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $243.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in nursing. About 87.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 19,220
Women 130,905
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

The racial-ethnic distribution of nursing bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9,457
Black or African American 13,829
Hispanic or Latino 18,349
White 94,879
International Students 1,055
Other Races/Ethnicities 12,556
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,122 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
8,561 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 98,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 8,561 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at WGU. About 89% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

8,262 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,890 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 8,262 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Chamberlain - Illinois. Of these students, 91% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
4,581 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Canyon University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 83,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,399 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,916 per year.

The nursing program at Grand Canyon University awarded 4,581 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

3,820 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Arlington. Roughly 46,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,898 per year.

The nursing program at The University of Texas at Arlington awarded 3,820 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 86% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

2,517 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ohio University - Main Campus. Roughly 29,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,192 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

The nursing program at Ohio University - Main Campus awarded 2,517 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 88% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1,014 Yearly Graduations
76% Women

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is National University College. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,300 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,510 per year.

The nursing program at National University College awarded 1,014 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

1,006 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 5,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,000 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,006 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#8

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
990 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 49,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,786 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,739 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 990 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Walden University. Of these students, 89% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
970 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 36,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,516 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 970 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Capella University. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#10

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
774 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Roughly 90,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 774 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from SNHU. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

700 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Roughly 103,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 700 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from UOPX - Arizona. Of these students, 89% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
689 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 66,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 689 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UCF. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#13

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond, Indiana
649 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Purdue University Northwest. Roughly 12,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,674 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,820 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 649 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Purdue Northwest. About 90% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
625 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 31,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,738 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,795 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 625 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from NAU. Of these students, 85% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
625 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 16,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,443 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,719 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 625 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from UNCW. About 91% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
598 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Drexel University. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,874 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,155 per year.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, 598 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Drexel. About 89% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

586 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Coast University - Orange County comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,054 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 586 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from West Coast University - Orange County. Of these students, 82% were women and 75% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

California State University - San Marcos

San Marcos, California
568 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - San Marcos comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 15,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The nursing program at California State University - San Marcos awarded 568 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 83% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

554 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Kent State University at Kent. Roughly 28,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,312 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,536 per year.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 554 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Kent State. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

554 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 10,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,020 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,842 per year.

The nursing program at Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global awarded 554 bachelor's degree during the 2017-2018 school year. About 92% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to nursing that offer bachelor’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Health/Medical Admin Services 17,212
Health Sciences & Services 15,706
Public Health 15,666
Communication Sciences 11,266
Allied Health Professions 11,021

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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