I Like Illinois SIUE picSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has started off the school year on a high note: its online nurse educator master’s program has been ranked first in Illinois and fifth in the nation for affordability, according to Affordable Schools, a site that ranks low-cost, high-quality degree programs.

To compile its list, Affordable Schools considered more than just the average cost of attendance. The rankings also took into account the program’s student-to-faculty ratio and its national standing as determined by U.S. News and World Report. Affordable Schools praised SIUE’s opportunities for hands-on learning and its individualized coursework, as well as its focus on preparing students to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator examination after they graduate. Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, joined SIUE in the top 15.

Programs like the online nurse educator master’s program at SIUE are surging in popularity due to the nationwide rise in demand for health care professionals. Affordable Schools’ recognition of the high-quality nursing programs in Illinois will potentially draw talented students from across the nation and accelerate growth at SIUE and throughout the state. You can read more about Affordable Schools’ ranking system and see which other programs made it into the top 25 at the link below.