University of Louisville Makes Top 50 Best Value List

CHARLOTTE, N.C., /PRNewswire/ — Value Colleges (, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education, is pleased to release its Top 50 Best Value MSN Programs of 2015 at

Value Colleges’ Top 50 Best Value MSN list leads the prospective student to the institutions that most effectively balance cost and quality for a reliable return on investment. These 50 schools present the smartest educational investment for students hoping to raise their career status and income with an MSN degree, which today is a necessity for nurses who want to enter administrative or teaching positions.


We built our list using the following criteria:

  • Payscale’s 2015 College Salary Report
  • U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings
  • Credit per hour tuition rate as reported by each individual college
  • NIH Funding (if applicable)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham takes the top spot, followed by the University of Washingtonand Arizona State University, respectively.

Schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):

Arizona State University – Tempe, AZ

Boston College – Boston, MA

Columbia University – New York City, NY

Duke University – Durham, NC

Emory University – Atlanta, GA

Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL

George Mason University – Fairfax, VA

Indiana University – Purdue University- Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD

Loyola University Chicago – Chicago, IL

Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

New York University – New York City, NY

Ohio State University – Columbus, OH

Pennsylvania State University – State College, PA

Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

Rush University – Chicago, IL

Stony Brook University – Stony Brook, NY

Texas Woman’s College – Denton, TX

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, AL

University of Alabama in Huntsville – Huntsville, AL

University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ

University of California, Davis – Davis, CA

University of California, LA – Los Angeles, CA

University of California, San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

University of Central Florida – Orlando, FL

University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH

University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago, IL

University of Kansas, Kansas City – Kansas City, KS

University of Louisville – Louisville, KY

University of Maryland, Baltimore – Baltimore, MD

University of Massachusetts Boston – Boston, MA

University of Miami – Miami, FL

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI

University of Missouri – Columbus, MO

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina, Greensboro – Greensboro, NC

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

University of Rochester – Rochester, NY

University of San Diego – San Diego, CA

University of South Florida, Tampa – Tampa, FL

University of Texas at Arlington – Arlington, TX

University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX

University of Utah, Salt Lake City – Salt Lake City, UT

University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN

Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA

Yale University – New Haven, CT

Value Colleges Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, “More and more RNs are pursuing bachelor degrees to increase their status, and more nurses with a BSN need to consider going farther and earning a Master of Science in Nursing to distinguish themselves on the job market, but increased demand means more schools throwing together shoddy programs lacking in adequate educational quality and marketable reputations. That’s why the Value Colleges Best Values list is important: it guides students to the colleges and universities that will provide them with a reputable, trustworthy degree.”

Value Colleges is an independent, online resource with one mission: to help prospective students find the best educational value in their chosen field. At Value Colleges, future students can find rankings for the top investments in online and residential college degrees, advice on making the best decisions about finances when in college, and explanations of commonly-misunderstood aspects of college costs.