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Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing

154,540 Yearly Graduations
$61,050 Median Salary
$23,387 Median Debt
There are 1,144 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in nursing. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 32% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.7% of nursing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Nursing Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 154,540 students earned their bachelor's degree in nursing. This earns it the #1 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 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 Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in nursing is $61,050. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

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 86.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 20,457
Women 134,083
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees 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*

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. Each year, around 136,100 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 degrees were handed out to nursing majors at WGU. Of these students, 90% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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 27,700 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. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#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. Each year, around 96,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

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 degrees in nursing. Roughly 48,600 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,811 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from UT Arlington. About 84% of this group were women, and 48% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

The 5th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ohio University - Athens Campus. Roughly 27,300 attend the school each year. 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.

The nursing program at Ohio University - Athens Campus awarded 2,464 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 88% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Capella University

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

Capella University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 37,800 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 degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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 5,200 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,150 bachelor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at TTUHSC. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 85% were women.

#8

National University College

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

National University College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Roughly 12,400 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. Of these students, 78% were women and 99% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Walden University

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

Walden University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. Each year, around 48,400 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,028 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Walden University. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#10

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
931 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
15% 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. Each year, around 113,500 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.

The nursing program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 931 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 92% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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

The 11th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Each year, around 17,400 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 789 bachelor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UNCW. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

#12

Purdue University Northwest

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

Purdue University Northwest comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 782 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from Purdue Northwest. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

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

West Coast University - Orange County comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 3,900 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.

The nursing program at West Coast University - Orange County awarded 684 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Central Florida

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

The 14th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Central Florida. Roughly 69,400 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. Of these students, 84% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#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. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. 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.

The nursing program at Aspen University awarded 661 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 91% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

California State University - San Marcos

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

California State University - San Marcos comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Roughly 16,000 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.

The nursing program at California State University - San Marcos awarded 636 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#17

Drexel University

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

Drexel University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 24,200 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 630 bachelor's degrees were handed out to nursing majors at Drexel. About 86% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

The 18th most popular school in the country for nursing majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Each year, around 94,700 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 degrees were handed out to nursing majors at UOPX - Arizona. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#19

American Sentinel University

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

American Sentinel University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 2,700 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 592 people received their bachelor's degree in nursing from American Sentinel University. About 89% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

West Coast University - Los Angeles

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

West Coast University - Los Angeles comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in nursing. Each year, around 2,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The nursing program at West Coast University - Los Angeles awarded 587 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 65% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Registered Nursing 146,866
Nursing Research & Other 3,429
Nursing Science 1,447
Nursing Administration 827
Nursing Practice 765

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

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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