Union University

Jackson, TN 38305
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Established in 1823, Union University is a private institution in Jackson, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The university is the result of mergers between several schools, including the West Tennessee College and Southwestern Baptist University. The Jackson campus includes 290 acres of land and includes dormitories for women and men and a married housing complex. Other buildings on campus include an administration center, baseball parks, two soccer fields, academic halls, and a wellness center. In 2008, the campus was hit by a major tornado, causing over $40 million in damages. A decade later, the campus has been restored. However, some of the older buildings were not reopened. 

Six CCNE-accredited nursing programs are offered at Union University. Undergraduate programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and LPN to BSN. The university also offers graduate degree programs for nursing students wishing to obtain their MSN or DNP. Like most four-year BSN programs, the traditional BSN at Union University includes two years of prerequisite courses before students begin taking their nursing courses. During the junior and senior years, students also begin their clinical rotations and lab training. With the accelerated program, students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a separate field can earn their BSN in just 15 months.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students3,377
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 0
Bachelor's degree 0 4
Master's degree 0 4
Post-master's certificate 1 4
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 11
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1948 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
10/08/2005 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1070 to 1320
ACT23 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
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 $25

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$980/credit
In State Students$980/credit
Out of State Students$980/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$525/credit
In State Students$525/credit
Out of State Students$525/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 $44,100 $44,100 $44,100
ADN 70 $68,600 $68,600 $68,600
BSN 125 $122,500 $122,500 $122,500
FNP 50 $26,250 $26,250 $26,250
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, 99% of Union 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 27% $4,243
Other Federal Grant 8% $2,340
State Grant & Scholarships 65% $4,767
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $19,603
Federal Student Loans 50% $5,190
Private Loans 4% $11,767


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$18,076
$30,001 to $48,000$20,909
$48,001 to $75,000$20,779
$75,001 to $110,000$24,659
Over $110,000$27,120

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.
Union University
1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, TN 38305

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