Niagara University

Niagara University, NY 14109
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Niagara University (NU) is a private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, located in the small town of Lewiston. The campus is at the northern edge of Niagara Falls on 160 acres of land on the top of the Monteagle Ridge. Students get a great view of the Niagara River gorge, which is just about four miles north of the famous waterfalls. About half of the students are residents of Niagara County while the remaining students typically live in the surrounding region. It was established in 1856 and originally called Our Lady of Angels Seminary. The university offers more than 50 different degree programs through its four academic colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, which houses the Department of Nursing.

Through the Department of Nursing, NU offers several CCNE-accredited and New York State Education Department-approved baccalaureate nursing degree programs. These options include traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN courses. When completing the traditional four-year BSN program, students gain clinical experience at local healthcare agencies while accelerated BSN students may accept internships at local facilities. The accelerated program is for students with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and is designed to be completed in one year with full-time classes.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students3,949
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 8 84
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 55.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1922 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/12/2008 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1020 to 1200
ACT21 to 26
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).

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$1,020/credit
In State Students$1,020/credit
Out of State Students$1,020/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$761/credit
In State Students$761/credit
Out of State Students$761/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 $45,900 $45,900 $45,900
ADN 70 $71,400 $71,400 $71,400
BSN 125 $127,500 $127,500 $127,500
FNP 50 $38,050 $38,050 $38,050
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, 98% of Niagara 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 33% $4,222
Other Federal Grant 4% $4,000
State Grant & Scholarships 46% $3,318
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 98% $21,597
Federal Student Loans 73% $6,594
Private Loans 16% $11,210


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$12,419
$30,001 to $48,000$15,873
$48,001 to $75,000$18,296
$75,001 to $110,000$21,184
Over $110,000$24,550

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New York state board of nursing.
Niagara University
Lewiston Road
Niagara University, NY 14109

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