Marian University

Indianapolis, IN 46222
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Marian University is a private university in Indianapolis, Indiana, founded in 1851 by the Sisters of St. Francis. The university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and opened their first medical school in 2013. The campus is about four miles northwest of the downtown Indianapolis area, located on 200 acres of land. The campus includes the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex, which hosts local and school sporting events. For the Fall 2017 school year, the university admitted close to 3,500 students. The university is organized into five colleges and schools. The nursing programs are offered through the Leighton School of Nursing, which was founded in 1977.

The nursing programs offered at Marian University can prepare students for a career in nursing. Options include LPN, ADN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN, and traditional BSN programs. The ADN is accredited by the ACEN, while the nursing education programs and baccalaureate degree programs are accredited by the CCNE. Several of these programs are offered online, providing greater flexibility for working students. While the traditional BSN program is offered on-campus, the remaining programs include accelerated online courses. When completing the traditional 4-year BSN program, students have the chance to gain clinical experience at local hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students3,429
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate78%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 38 196
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1956 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1986 - 08/22/2010
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1000 to 1200
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $35

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,450/credit
In State Students$1,450/credit
Out of State Students$1,450/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$550/credit
In State Students$550/credit
Out of State Students$550/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $65,250 $65,250 $65,250
ADN 70 $101,500 $101,500 $101,500
BSN 125 $181,250 $181,250 $181,250
FNP 50 $27,500 $27,500 $27,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Marian University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 35% $4,501
Other Federal Grant 36% $409
State Grant & Scholarships 36% $6,555
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $19,946
Federal Student Loans 77% $5,813
Private Loans 11% $12,604


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$15,662
$30,001 to $48,000$14,308
$48,001 to $75,000$20,328
$75,001 to $110,000$22,023
Over $110,000$24,438

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Indiana state board of nursing.
Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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