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2021 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

971 Schools Ranked
$25,568 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$24,033 Avg Student Debt

Today's nursing students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also there are many trade schools and bpptcamp that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Nursing Degree Search has developed this Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 971 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for nursing students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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Top Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the United States

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#1

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, California
527 Total Awards
$50,138 Average Tuition & Fees
$18,813 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Samuel Merritt University the best school in the United States for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Oakland, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 527 students in 2018-2019.

Samuel Merritt University does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $50,138. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $18,813 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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1,293 Total Awards
$9,773 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,767 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,293 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Students from Texas who attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center full time pay an average of $9,773 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $22,788. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center accumulate an average of $14,767 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 62% took at least some of their classes online.

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#3

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, Minnesota
410 Total Awards
$46,546 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,698 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Saint Johns University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in the United States. SJU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Collegeville, Minnesota. It awarded 410 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

SJU does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $46,546. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from SJU accumulate an average of $23,698 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

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478 Total Awards
$11,117 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,323 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 971 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston landed the # 3 spot on the list. Houston, Texas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 478 students in 2018-2019.

Students from Texas who attend UTHealth full time pay an average of $11,117 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $35,624. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $17,323 in loans while pursuing their degree.

UTHealth does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 49% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#4

Northwestern College

Orange City, Iowa
258 Total Awards
$32,300 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,574 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Northwestern College is a great place for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Orange City, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 258 students in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend NWC, expect to pay an average of $32,300 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $23,574 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at NWC. In fact, around 23% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#4

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, California
347 Total Awards
$35,180 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,690 Avg Student Debt

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Loma Linda University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in the United States. Loma Linda, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 347 students in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Loma Linda University, expect to pay an average of $35,180 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Loma Linda University accumulate an average of $20,690 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Loma Linda University does offer online classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 35% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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454 Total Awards
$11,641 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,438 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Nebraska Medical Center. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. UNMC is a small public school situated in Omaha, Nebraska. It awarded 454 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $11,641 in tuition and fees if they attend UNMC full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $30,301. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from UNMC accumulate an average of $12,438 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Online courses are available at UNMC, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 18% took at least some of their classes online.

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#6

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana
286 Total Awards
$25,892 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,712 Avg Student Debt

University of Providence ranked #6 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Great Falls, Montana is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 286 students in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $25,892 to cover tuition and fees at University of Providence. The school does not offer an in-state discount. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from University of Providence accumulate an average of $24,712 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since University of Providence does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 48% took at least some of their classes online.

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#7

Concordia University - Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota
752 Total Awards
$22,800 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,356 Avg Student Debt

Concordia University - Saint Paul did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Concordia University - Saint Paul is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that handed out 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Concordia University - Saint Paul, expect to pay an average of $22,800 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Concordia University - Saint Paul accumulate an average of $22,356 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Concordia University - Saint Paul. In 2017-2018 about 48% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#8

Stanbridge University

Irvine, California
15 Total Awards
$25,876 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Stanbridge University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Stanbridge is a private for-profit institution located in Irvine, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 15 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,876 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Stanbridge does offer online classes in some areas. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 2% took at least some of their classes online.

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#8

Siena College

Loudonville, New York
794 Total Awards
$38,355 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,932 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #8, Siena College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Loudonville, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 794 students in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Siena is $38,355. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Siena accumulate an average of $22,932 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Siena does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 7% took at least some of their classes online.

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#9

Pacific College

Costa Mesa, California
40 Total Awards
$11,149 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #9, Pacific College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. This very small private for-profit school is located in Costa Mesa, California, and it awarded 40 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Pacific College accumulate an average of $11,149 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Pacific College. During the 2017-2018 year, about 18% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#10

American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
595 Total Awards
$11,100 Average Tuition & Fees
$23,994 Avg Student Debt

American Sentinel University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. American Sentinel University is a small private for-profit school located in Aurora, Colorado that handed out 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $11,100 to cover tuition and fees at American Sentinel University. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $23,994 in student loans.

Since American Sentinel University is primarily an online school, it is an excellent choice for undergraduate students who need more flexibility than what is offered at some other schools.

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180 Total Awards
$46,128 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,383 Avg Student Debt

Linfield College - School of Nursing ranked #11 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in Portland, Oregon, the very small private not-for-profit school handed out 180 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Linfield Nursing does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $46,128. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,383 in student loans.

Online courses are available at Linfield Nursing, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 7% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#12

Emmanuel College Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts
533 Total Awards
$41,448 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,370 Avg Student Debt

Emmanuel College Massachusetts did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Emmanuel Boston is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Emmanuel Boston is $41,448. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from Emmanuel Boston accumulate an average of $25,370 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Emmanuel Boston. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 1% took at least some of their classes online.

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114 Total Awards
$14,005 Average Tuition & Fees
$28,789 Avg Student Debt

Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. This very small private not-for-profit school is located in McMinnville, Oregon, and it awarded 114 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average tuition and fees at Linfield OCE is $14,005. In-state students do not receive a discount, however you may be able to reduce your price if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,789 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, Linfield OCE is an excellent choice, since the school is online.

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#13

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York
811 Total Awards
$32,600 Average Tuition & Fees
$25,515 Avg Student Debt

Molloy College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Located in Rockville Centre, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 811 bachelor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Molloy, expect to pay an average of $32,600 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $25,515 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Molloy does offer online classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 21% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#13

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
628 Total Awards
$12,620 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,444 Avg Student Debt

Citadel Military College of South Carolina did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the small public school awarded 628 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from South Carolina pay an average of $12,620 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend The Citadel. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $35,876. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from The Citadel accumulate an average of $21,444 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at The Citadel. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 8% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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383 Total Awards
$20,795 Average Tuition & Fees
$21,955 Avg Student Debt

Oregon Health & Science University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. OHSU is located in Portland, Oregon and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 383 bachelor’s degrees to qualified students.

Full-time students from Oregon pay an average of $20,795 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend OHSU. Out-of-state students pay an average of $32,603. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $21,955 in student loans.

Online courses are available at OHSU, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In 2017-2018 about 16% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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742 Total Awards
$26,645 Average Tuition & Fees
$31,412 Avg Student Debt

West Coast University - Orange County did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. West Coast University - Orange County is a small private for-profit school located in Anaheim, California that handed out 742 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend West Coast University - Orange County, expect to pay an average of $26,645 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $31,412 in student loans.

West Coast University - Orange County does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In fact, around 47% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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562 Total Awards
$7,410 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,754 Avg Student Debt

CUNY Graduate School and University Center landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. The Graduate Center is a medium-sized public school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 562 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at The Graduate Center is $7,410. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $15,360. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from The Graduate Center accumulate an average of $14,754 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

The Graduate Center does offer online classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 88% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#17

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
2,240 Total Awards
$55,280 Average Tuition & Fees
$22,914 Avg Student Debt

Villanova University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Villanova University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Villanova, Pennsylvania that handed out 2,240 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $55,280 to cover tuition and fees at Villanova. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $22,914 in student loans.

Villanova does offer online classes for certain degree levels. In 2017-2018 about 15% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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479 Total Awards
$8,665 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,246 Avg Student Debt

The University of Texas Medical Branch came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Galveston, Texas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 479 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $8,665 in tuition and fees if they attend The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $22,240. Bachelor’s Degree recipients from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston accumulate an average of $16,246 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston does offer online classes in some areas. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 16% took at least some of their classes online.

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#19

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Brooklyn, New York
192 Total Awards
$7,720 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,227 Avg Student Debt

SUNY Downstate Medical Center landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. Brooklyn, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 192 students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from New York pay an average of $7,720 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Downstate Medical Center. Out-of-state students pay an average of $17,630. On average, bachelor’s degree students take out $17,227 in loans while pursuing their degree.

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#20

Chamberlain University - Illinois

Addison, Illinois
7,915 Total Awards
$19,900 Average Tuition & Fees
$26,148 Avg Student Debt

Chamberlain University - Illinois landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree nursing programs. This large private for-profit school is located in Addison, Illinois, and it awarded 7,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you don’t receive financial aid, you can expect a bill for $19,900 to cover tuition and fees at Chamberlain - Illinois. The school does not offer an in-state discount. By the time they get their bachelor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $26,148 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that Chamberlain - Illinois does offer online classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 92% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
#27

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
#29

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#30

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#31

New York University

New York, New York
#32

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota
#32

Wagner College

Staten Island, New York
#33

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#35

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
#36

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#38

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
#39

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey
#39

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
#40

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
#41

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
#42

Misericordia University

Dallas, Pennsylvania
#42

Defiance College

Defiance, Ohio
#43

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York
#43

Wittenberg University

Springfield, Ohio
#44

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rest of the Top 15% Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the United States

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Rank School Location
51 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
52 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
53 Resurrection University Chicago, IL
54 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
55 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
55 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
56 West Coast University-Miami Doral, FL
57 American University of Health Sciences Signal Hill, CA
58 West Coast University - Ontario Ontario, CA
59 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
60 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
61 West Coast University - Los Angeles North Hollywood, CA
62 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
63 Kettering College Kettering, OH
64 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
65 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
66 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
67 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
68 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
69 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
70 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
71 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
71 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
72 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
73 Chamberlain University-Nevada Las Vegas, NV
74 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
75 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
76 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
77 Illinois State University Normal, IL
77 Mayville State University Mayville, ND
78 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
78 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
79 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
80 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
81 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
82 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
83 Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX
84 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
85 University of Portland Portland, OR
86 Utica College Utica, NY
87 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
88 University of Mount Union Alliance, OH
89 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
90 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
91 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
92 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
93 Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA
94 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
95 Simpson University Redding, CA
96 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
97 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
98 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
99 Excelsior College Albany, NY
100 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
101 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
102 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
103 National University La Jolla, CA
104 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
105 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
106 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
107 Bay State College Boston, MA
108 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
109 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
110 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
111 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
112 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
113 Chamberlain University-Michigan Troy, MI
114 Vermont Technical College Randolph, VT
115 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
116 Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts San Mateo, CA
117 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
118 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
119 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
120 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
121 Emory University Atlanta, GA
122 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
123 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
124 CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
125 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
126 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
126 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
128 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
129 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
130 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
131 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
132 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
133 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
134 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, IA
135 Felician University Lodi, NJ
136 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
137 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
138 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
139 Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Kansas City, MO
140 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
141 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
142 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
143 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
144 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
145 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
146 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Baton Rouge, LA
151 Becker College Worcester, MA
155 Missouri Valley College Marshall, MO

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our best nursing schools ranking:

Rank School Location
147 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL
148 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
149 Clemson University Clemson, SC
150 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
151 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH
152 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
153 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
154 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
155 Barnes - Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing Saint Louis, MO
156 Curry College Milton, MA
157 Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV
158 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
159 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
160 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
161 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
162 Adventist University of Health Sciences Orlando, FL
163 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
164 Georgetown University Washington, DC
165 Augusta University Augusta, GA
166 Endicott College Beverly, MA
167 Chamberlain University - Missouri St. Louis, MO
168 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
169 Pennsylvania State University - Fayette - Eberly Campus Lemont Furnace, PA
170 Presentation College Aberdeen, SD
171 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
172 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
173 Unitek College Fremont, CA
174 The University of Tennessee-Health Science Center Memphis, TN
175 Widener University Chester, PA
176 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond, VA
177 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
177 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
178 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
179 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
180 Lees - McRae College Banner Elk, NC
181 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
182 Wilson College Chambersburg, PA
183 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
184 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
185 Goshen College Goshen, IN
186 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
187 Helene Fuld College of Nursing New York, NY
188 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
188 Delta State University Cleveland, MS
189 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
190 Minot State University Minot, ND
190 Alma College Alma, MI
191 Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA
192 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
193 Central Methodist University - College of Graduate & Extended Studies Fayette, MO
194 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
195 The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cincinnati, OH
203 Bluffton University Bluffton, OH
207 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
218 Ottawa University - Online Ottawa, KS

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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