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Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

154,540 Yearly Graduations
$61,050 Median Salary
$23,387 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in nursing is offered at 1,144 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 32% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

In 2018-2019, 154,540 bachelor's degree were awarded to nursing majors. This makes it the 2nd most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in nursing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 154,540
Associate’s Degree 83,213
Master’s Degree 51,213
Doctor’s Degree 8,781
Graduate Certificate 3,386
Undergraduate Certificate 2,700
Basic Certificate 1,476

Earnings of Nursing Majors With Bachelor’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in nursing is $61,050. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $56,400 and the high is $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 length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

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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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $243.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in nursing. About 86.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 20,457
Women 134,083
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 10,024
Black or African American 14,526
Hispanic or Latino 19,806
White 96,256
International Students 1,111
Other Races/Ethnicities 12,817
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,144 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
9,573 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for nursing students seekinga bachelor's degree is Western Governors University. Each year, around 98,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 2018-2019 academic year, 9,573 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at WGU. About 90% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

7,915 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chamberlain University - Illinois is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7,915 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Chamberlain - Illinois. Of these students, 89% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
4,367 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Grand Canyon University. Roughly 83,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4,367 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. Of these students, 88% were women and 45% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

3,811 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

The nursing program at The University of Texas at Arlington awarded 3,811 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

2,464 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio University - Main Campus comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 29,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,612 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,444 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,464 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Ohio U. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#6

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,338 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Capella University. Roughly 36,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

The nursing program at Capella University awarded 1,338 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 91% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

1,150 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Roughly 5,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,168 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,150 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Of these students, 85% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

National University College

Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1,038 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
99% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is National University College. Roughly 11,600 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,038 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from National University College. About 78% of this group were women, and 99% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1,028 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Walden University. Each year, around 49,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The nursing program at Walden University awarded 1,028 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 90% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
931 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 90,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 931 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at SNHU. About 92% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
789 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. 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.

The nursing program at University of North Carolina at Wilmington awarded 789 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 92% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond, Indiana
782 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Purdue University Northwest is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 12,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,803 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,868 per year.

The nursing program at Purdue University Northwest awarded 782 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

684 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Coast University - Orange County is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $25,615 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,521 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 684 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from West Coast University - Orange County. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#14

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
669 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 66,000 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 669 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from UCF. About 84% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Aspen University

Denver, Colorado
661 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Aspen University. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,900 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 661 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at Aspen University. About 91% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

California State University - San Marcos

San Marcos, California
636 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - San Marcos is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 15,700 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 636 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Cal State San Marcos. Of these students, 83% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
630 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Drexel University. Each year, around 24,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,146 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $35,181 per year.

The nursing program at Drexel University awarded 630 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

614 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 103,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 614 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at UOPX - Arizona. Of these students, 90% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
592 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Sentinel University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 2,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,540 per year.

The nursing program at American Sentinel University awarded 592 bachelor's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#20

West Coast University - Los Angeles

North Hollywood, California
587 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Coast University - Los Angeles is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 587 bachelor's degree were handed out to nursing majors at West Coast University - Los Angeles. Around 65% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 79% were women.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Health/Medical Admin Services 17,317
Public Health 16,962
Health Sciences & Services 16,503
Communication Sciences 11,326
Allied Health Professions 11,092

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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