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US News names Jacksonville University Online Nursing Master’s Program one of the best for Veterans

US News & World Report ranked Jacksonville University’s online Nursing Master’s Program as one of the best in the nation as well as one of the best in the nation for Veterans.

Jacksonville University ranked 20th in Best Online Nursing Master’s Programs for Veterans and was the only Florida school to be included in the category. US News ranked Jacksonville University 66th overall in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Program.

To qualify for the Veterans ranking, Jacksonville University first had to appear on the overall list, according to the US News ranking methodology. To appear on that list, the University had to perform well on several factors, including program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates and graduate debt loads, to earn its qualifying Best Online Programs rank.

Programs included in the veterans-focused rankings, such as Jacksonville University’s, must be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have at least 10 veterans enrolled in the program.

The online master of science in nursing (MSN) degree at Jacksonville University provides the same high-quality education and curriculum offered to traditional classroom-based students. It also offers those in the nursing profession a flexible and adaptive chance to advance their careers. The median salary for Jacksonville University’s online MSN graduates in 2019 was $75,000, and 96 percent were employed within one year of graduation, according to data from the Career Resource Center.

This is the latest in a series of positive rankings from respected independent organizations that indicate Jacksonville University’s continuing commitment to the pursuit of excellence:

  • In September, U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges Rankings placed Jacksonville University 28th among 136 schools in the Regional Universities South category, 38th on the Best Value Schools list, and 16th among the Best Colleges for Veterans in the South.
  • In October, the personal finance website SmartAsset named Jacksonville University the sixth best-value college in the state. It is the only Jacksonville-area college and one of only two Northeast Florida institutions ranked in the Top 10. SmartAsset also reported that Jacksonville University graduates earned the sixth-highest starting wage of graduates from all Florida colleges in 2018.
  • In November, The Military Times ranked Jacksonville for the fourth straight year on its “Best Vets Colleges” list. The University also received a four-star rating – the Military Times’ highest mark – in its GI Bill gap coverage, which rates how well schools reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket tuition costs for post-9/11 GI Bill users.