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.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students3,949|
|Student to Faculty Ratio11:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1020 to 1200|
|ACT||21 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program 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.
|In District Students||$1,020/credit|
|In State Students||$1,020/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,020/credit|
|In District Students||$761/credit|
|In State Students||$761/credit|
|Out of State Students||$761/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||4%||$4,000|
|State Grant & Scholarships||46%||$3,318|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||98%||$21,597|
|Federal Student Loans||73%||$6,594|
$18,768Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New York state board of nursing.