Affordable tuition and high salary for graduates drive program to near-top of list
The 2020 rankings are based on a combination of factors, including tuition costs, accreditation status, and PayScale salary data. IU Northwest’s high ranking stems from its low annual tuition rate of just $10,896 and a mid-career salary for graduates of $106,900 per year.
Professor Linda Delunas, director of the School of Nursing, said that in addition to a strong costs to earnings ratio, what also makes IU Northwest’s program stand out is the beneficial partnership between faculty and students.
“Our faculty is highly regarded for their care and concern and the meaningful relationships they form with students, unique attributes that help students achieve success,” Delunas said. “Employers know that IU Northwest graduates are well-prepared and ready to meet the demands of the nursing profession.”
According to Guide to Online Schools, both tuition and salary numbers are representative of graduates from the subject area and degree level specified. The salary figures are median mid-career salaries of graduates, in order to show the return on investment 10 years after degree completion.
IU Northwest’s nursing programs include a traditional Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), as well as a BA/BS-to-BSN program and RN-to-BSN program. IU Northwest also offers a master’s degree in nursing Family Nurse Practitioner option. Newly approved Master of Science (MSN) tracks in nursing education and nursing administration are coming soon.
For more information on IU Northwest’s nursing degree programs, please visit iun.edu/nursing.
About Indiana University Northwest
One of eight campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and 1,500 dual-credit students. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, the School of the Arts and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. IU Northwest emphasizes high-quality teaching, faculty and student research and engagement on campus and in the community. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity and engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.