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2023 Best Nursing Schools

1,779 Colleges in the United States
322,592 Nursing Degrees Awarded
$70,916 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you pursue a degree in nursing, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #3 most popular program in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 1,779 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Nursing Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 322,592 degrees in nursing during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Nursing Schools Your choice of nursing school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Nursing School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Nursing Degree Level

The nursing school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Nursing Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Read more about College Factual's methodology.

Featured Nursing Programs

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Best Schools for Nursing in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of nursing degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Nursing

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
424 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in nursing. Vanderbilt is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were roughly 424 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from Vanderbilt University earn $42,512 more than the standard nursing student.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
573 Nursing Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a degree in nursing. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 573 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing program at Duke University make $27,298 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in nursing. Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Rochester.

There were roughly 45 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine earn $109,597 more than the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
620 Nursing Degrees Awarded

University of Pennsylvania is a great decision for students interested in a degree in nursing. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 620 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from University of Pennsylvania earn a boost of around $30,032 over the typical earnings of nursing graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
739 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Oakland, Samuel Merritt University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were approximately 739 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Samuel Merritt University in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Samuel Merritt University get $41,702 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
445 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of #9 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 445 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at Johns Hopkins University get $35,940 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#7

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
665 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 665 nursing students who graduated with this degree at NYU in the most recent year we have data available. Nursing degree recipients from New York University earn a boost of approximately $43,812 over the average earnings of nursing majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
510 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 510 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Those nursing students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York receive $42,480 more than the average nursing graduate.

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#9

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
571 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 69 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 571 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Emory University earn $26,794 above the average college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
723 Nursing Degrees Awarded

UTHealth is a moderately-sized public university located in the city of Houston.

There were about 723 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UTHealth in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston get $38,310 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,131 Nursing Degrees Awarded

TTUHSC is a medium-sized public university located in the city of Lubbock.

There were roughly 1131 nursing students who graduated with this degree at TTUHSC in the most recent year we have data available. Nursing degree recipients from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center earn a boost of about $26,450 over the typical earnings of nursing majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 Nursing Degrees Awarded

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 100 nursing students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Nursing degree recipients from University of Southern California earn a boost of about $96,312 above the typical earnings of nursing graduates.

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#13

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
224 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Loma Linda, Loma Linda University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

There were roughly 224 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Loma Linda University in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at Loma Linda University earn $49,958 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
579 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the fringe town of Galveston, UTMB Galveston is a public university with a small student population.

There were roughly 579 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UTMB Galveston in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from The University of Texas Medical Branch earn a boost of approximately $13,134 over the average earnings of nursing graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
264 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Case Western is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Cleveland. This university ranks 1st out of 96 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were about 264 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Case Western in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Case Western Reserve University earn a boost of around $16,854 above the typical income of nursing majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
291 Nursing Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of #25 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 291 nursing students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive an earnings boost of about $9,865 over the average income of nursing graduates.

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#17

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
320 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #19 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 320 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Georgetown University make $27,973 more than the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#18

Yale University

New Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
131 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #15 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 131 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Yale University earn a boost of approximately $42,674 above the average earnings of nursing graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
711 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Baltimore, UMB is a public university with a medium-sized student population.

There were roughly 711 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UMB in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from University of Maryland - Baltimore earn a boost of approximately $20,882 above the typical income of nursing majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
486 Nursing Degrees Awarded

GWU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. This university ranks 2nd out of 8 colleges for overall quality in the state of District of Columbia.

There were roughly 486 nursing students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from George Washington University earn a boost of approximately $27,822 over the typical earnings of nursing graduates.

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#21

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
275 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 275 nursing students who graduated with this degree at University of Rochester in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing degree program at University of Rochester get $11,021 above the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
258 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were approximately 258 nursing students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from University of Washington - Seattle Campus receive an earnings boost of about $23,922 over the average income of nursing graduates.

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#23

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
854 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 11th out of 117 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 854 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Thomas Jefferson University in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Thomas Jefferson University make $15,326 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#24

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
298 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Seattle U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Seattle. This university ranks 2nd out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 298 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Seattle U in the most recent data year. Nursing degree recipients from Seattle University earn a boost of around $17,131 above the average earnings of nursing graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
412 Nursing Degrees Awarded

Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Omaha. This university ranks 2nd out of 19 schools for overall quality in the state of Nebraska.

There were about 412.00000000000006 nursing students who graduated with this degree at Creighton in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the nursing major at Creighton University earn $17,641 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Nursing Schools

#27

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#30

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

#39

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

#42

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#45

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#47

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#48

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#49

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

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Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Nursing Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1779 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
51 Villanova University Villanova, PA
52 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
53 Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX
54 West Coast University - Orange County Anaheim, CA
55 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
56 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
57 Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc Madison, TN
58 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
59 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
60 Samford University Birmingham, AL
61 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA
62 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
63 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
64 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
65 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
66 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
67 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
68 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
69 The Graduate Center, CUNY New York, NY
70 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
71 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
72 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
73 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
74 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
75 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
76 Frontier Nursing University Hyden, KY
77 University of Portland Portland, OR
78 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
79 Rush University Chicago, IL
80 Excelsior College Albany, NY
81 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
82 University of Delaware Newark, DE
83 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
84 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
85 Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
86 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
87 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
88 Midwestern University - Glendale Glendale, AZ
89 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
90 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
91 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
92 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
93 Simmons University Boston, MA
94 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
95 Winona State University Winona, MN
96 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
97 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
98 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
99 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
100 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
101 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
102 Baylor University Waco, TX
103 Bradley University Peoria, IL
104 LIU Post Brookville, NY
105 Rasmussen University - Illinois Rockford, IL
106 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
107 Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA
108 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
109 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
110 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
111 Northeastern University Boston, MA
112 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
113 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
114 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
115 West Coast University - Dallas Dallas, TX
116 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
116 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
118 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
119 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
120 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
121 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
122 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
123 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
124 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
125 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
126 Florida International University Miami, FL
127 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
128 Widener University Chester, PA
129 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
130 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
131 Hunter College New York, NY
132 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
133 Augusta University Augusta, GA
134 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos, CA
135 University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Worcester, MA
136 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
137 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
138 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
139 Rasmussen University - Florida Ocala, FL
140 Clemson University Clemson, SC
141 Oak Point University Chicago, IL
142 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
143 Brandman University Irvine, CA
144 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
145 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
146 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
147 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
148 Washington State University Pullman, WA
149 Pace University - New York New York, NY
150 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
151 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
152 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
153 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
154 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
155 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
156 Union University Jackson, TN
157 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago, IL
158 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
159 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Saint Louis, MO
160 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
161 Southern Adventist University Collegedale, TN
162 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
163 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
164 University of Mississippi University, MS
165 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
166 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
167 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
168 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
169 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
170 Towson University Towson, MD
171 Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio San Antonio, TX
172 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
173 Auburn University Auburn, AL
174 National University La Jolla, CA
175 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
176 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
177 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
178 Rasmussen University - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
179 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
180 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
181 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
182 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH
183 Touro University Nevada Henderson, NV
184 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
185 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
186 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
187 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
188 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
189 Belmont University Nashville, TN
190 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
191 Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA
192 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
193 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
194 Illinois State University Normal, IL
195 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
196 West Coast University - Ontario Ontario, CA
197 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Los Angeles, CA
198 United States University San Diego, CA
199 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
200 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
201 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
202 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
203 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
204 College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx, NY
205 Ohio Medical Career College Dayton, OH
206 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles, CA
207 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
208 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
209 Gannon University Erie, PA
210 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
211 New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI
212 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
213 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
214 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
214 San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
216 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
217 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
218 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
219 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
220 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
221 Lehman College Bronx, NY
222 Albany Medical College Albany, NY
223 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
224 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
225 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
226 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
227 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
228 Carrington College, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
229 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
230 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
231 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
232 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
233 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
234 Valencia College Orlando, FL
235 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
236 Regis University Denver, CO
237 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
238 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
239 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
240 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
241 DePaul University Chicago, IL
242 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
243 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
244 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
245 El Centro College Dallas, TX
246 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
247 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
248 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
249 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
250 Boise State University Boise, ID
251 Madonna University Livonia, MI
252 Mercer University Macon, GA
253 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
254 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
255 Allen College Waterloo, IA
256 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
257 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
258 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
259 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
260 West Coast University - Los Angeles North Hollywood, CA
261 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
262 East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN
263 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
264 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
265 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
266 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Nursing students that almost earned our Best Nursing Schools award.

Rank College Location
267 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
268 Union County College Cranford, NJ
269 Mercy College of Ohio Toledo, OH
270 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Columbus, OH
271 Ambria College of Nursing Hoffman Estates, IL
272 D’Youville College Buffalo, NY
273 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
274 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
275 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
276 Radford University Radford, VA
277 Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL
278 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
279 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
280 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
281 Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay Saint Petersburg, FL
282 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
283 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
284 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
285 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
286 University of Providence Great Falls, MT
287 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
288 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
289 King University Bristol, TN
290 Miami Dade College Miami, FL
291 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
292 Purdue University Global Indianapolis, IN
293 Ball State University Muncie, IN
294 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
295 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
296 Arkansas State University - Main Campus Jonesboro, AR
297 Butte College Oroville, CA
298 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
299 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
300 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
301 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
302 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
303 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
304 Graceland University - Lamoni Lamoni, IA
305 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
306 Felician University Lodi, NJ
307 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
308 Barry University Miami, FL
309 Herzing University - Kenosha Kenosha, WI
310 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville Louisville, KY
311 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
312 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
313 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
314 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
315 University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH
316 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
317 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
318 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
319 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia, CA
320 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
321 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
322 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
323 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
324 Fresno Pacific University Fresno, CA
325 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
326 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
327 American Sentinel University Aurora, CO
328 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
329 Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
330 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
331 Herzing University - Birmingham Birmingham, AL
332 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
333 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
334 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
335 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
336 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN
337 North Park University Chicago, IL
338 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
339 Chamberlain University - Florida Jacksonville, FL
340 Howard University Washington, DC
341 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
342 Ursuline College Pepper Pike, OH
343 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
344 Marymount University Arlington, VA
345 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
346 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
347 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
348 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
349 Millikin University Decatur, IL
350 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
351 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX
352 Daemen College Amherst, NY
353 Harding University Searcy, AR
354 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
355 AdventHealth University Orlando, FL

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Nursing Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 266,651
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 16,104
Nursing Administration 9,838
Nursing Practice 7,992
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 5,092
Nursing Science 4,600
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 2,287
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,021
Nurse Anesthetist 1,936
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,883

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Health & Medical Administrative Services 89,359
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 84,492
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 84,274
Allied Health Professions 82,308
Public Health 40,596
Health Sciences & Services 35,945
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 29,833
Mental & Social Health Services 29,053
Medicine 28,629
Dental Support Services 26,399

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 the rest 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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