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2022 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

1,011 Colleges in the United States
159,958 Bachelor's Degrees
If you pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #2 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.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 1,011 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 159,958 bachelor's degrees in nursing to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Nursing School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of nursing for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to nursing students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other nursing students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt nursing students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized nursing related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for nursing students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Nursing Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Nursing in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing. 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 for a Bachelor's in Nursing

529 Annual Graduates
$18,750 Median Student Debt

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in nursing has to check out Samuel Merritt University. Samuel Merritt University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Oakland.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing degree program at Samuel Merritt University get $40,155 more than the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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451 Annual Graduates
$15,250 Median Student Debt

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in nursing. Located in the large city of Houston, UTHealth is a public university with a medium-sized student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing degree program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston earn $6,655 above the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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1,051 Annual Graduates
$12,500 Median Student Debt

It's difficult to beat Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. Located in the large city of Lubbock, TTUHSC is a public university with a medium-sized student population.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center receive an earnings boost of about $2,955 above the typical income of nursing majors.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
189 Annual Graduates
$23,250 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat University of Pennsylvania if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing degree program at University of Pennsylvania make $2,455 above the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#5

New York University

New York, NY
409 Annual Graduates
$20,104 Median Student Debt

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from New York University receive an earnings boost of around $29,555 above the typical earnings of nursing graduates.

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#6

Duke University

Durham, NC
133 Annual Graduates
$18,750 Median Student Debt

Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the nursing program state that they receive average early career wages of $62,700.

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759 Annual Graduates
$34,877 Median Student Debt

West Coast University - Orange County is a small private for-profit university located in the large city of Anaheim.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from West Coast University - Orange County get an earnings boost of around $15,655 above the average income of nursing graduates.

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#8

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
207 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Loma Linda University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Loma Linda.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing program at Loma Linda University get $22,455 above the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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534 Annual Graduates
$34,877 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Ontario, West Coast University - Ontario is a private for-profit university with a small student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing major at West Coast University - Ontario make $15,655 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#10

West Coast University - Los Angeles

North Hollywood, CA
651 Annual Graduates
$34,877 Median Student Debt

West Coast University - Los Angeles is a small private for-profit university located in the city of North Hollywood.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from West Coast University - Los Angeles receive $15,655 more than the average nursing graduate.

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#11

Pacific College

Costa Mesa, CA
12 Annual Graduates
$12,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Costa Mesa, Pacific College is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from Pacific College receive $36,155 more than the standard nursing graduate.

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44 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing degree program at University of California - Los Angeles make $20,055 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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125 Annual Graduates
$12,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate is a public university with a small student population.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University receive $32,555 more than the average nursing graduate.

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#14

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
26 Annual Graduates
$17,500 Median Student Debt

Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from Georgetown University receive an earnings boost of approximately $5,655 over the typical income of nursing graduates.

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396 Annual Graduates
$15,642 Median Student Debt

UMB is a medium-sized public university located in the city of Baltimore.

Bachelor's recipients from the nursing major at University of Maryland - Baltimore earn $2,855 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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363 Annual Graduates
$13,000 Median Student Debt

UTMB Galveston is a small public university located in the town of Galveston.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from The University of Texas Medical Branch get an earnings boost of about $5,955 over the average income of nursing graduates.

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335 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Roseman University of Health Sciences is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Henderson.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences make $10,855 more than the typical nursing grad.

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#18

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
253 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Villanova is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from Villanova University get an earnings boost of about $5,555 over the average earnings of nursing graduates.

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158 Annual Graduates
$23,995 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Arlington, Chamberlain - Virginia is a private for-profit university with a fairly small student population.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from Chamberlain University - Virginia make $7,055 more than the typical nursing graduate.

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#20

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
109 Annual Graduates
$14,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from Boston College receive $4,255 more than the average nursing graduate.

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#21

Chamberlain University - New Jersey

North Brunswick, NJ
189 Annual Graduates
$23,995 Median Student Debt

Chamberlain - New Jersey is a small private for-profit university located in the large suburb of North Brunswick.

Those nursing students who get their bachelor's degree from Chamberlain University - New Jersey make $7,055 more than the average nursing graduate.

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#22

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
260 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

USFCA is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of San Francisco.

Nursing bachelor's degree recipients from University of San Francisco earn a boost of about $24,455 over the typical earnings of nursing majors.

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143 Annual Graduates
$15,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the nursing program state that they receive average early career income of $64,000.

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325 Annual Graduates
$17,115 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of San Antonio, UT Health San Antonio is a public university with a small student population.

Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the nursing program earn around $56,800 in their early career salary.

More information about a bachelor’s in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

#25

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
364 Annual Graduates
$19,792 Median Student Debt

Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Atlanta.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the nursing program report average early career earnings of $62,700.

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

#25

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
#26

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#28

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY

#32

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

#33

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
#36

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#39

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#40

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY

#41

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

#42

University of Portland

Portland, OR
#43

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA
#47

Chamberlain University - Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#49

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1011 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Delaware Newark, DE
51 West Coast University-Miami Doral, FL
52 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
53 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
54 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - El Paso El-Paso, TX
55 American Sentinel University Aurora, CO
56 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
57 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
58 Resurrection University Chicago, IL
59 Northeastern University Boston, MA
60 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
61 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
62 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
63 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
64 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL
65 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
66 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
67 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
68 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
69 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
70 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
71 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
72 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
73 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
74 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
75 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
76 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
77 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
78 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
79 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
80 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
81 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
82 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
83 University of Providence Great Falls, MT
84 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
85 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
86 Chamberlain University - North Carolina Charlotte, NC
87 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
88 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
89 Hampton University Hampton, VA
90 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
91 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
92 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
93 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
94 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
95 College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx, NY
96 Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Saint Louis, MO
97 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
98 Creighton University Omaha, NE
99 Endicott College Beverly, MA
100 Seattle University Seattle, WA
101 University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA
102 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
103 Pace University - New York New York, NY
104 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
105 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
106 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
107 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
108 Nevada State College Henderson, NV
109 Iowa State University Ames, IA
110 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
111 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
112 Towson University Towson, MD
113 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
114 California State University - Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
115 St. Joseph’s College - New York Brooklyn, NY
116 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
117 MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston, MA
118 Winona State University Winona, MN
119 Chamberlain University - Ohio Columbus, OH
120 Bellin College Green Bay, WI
121 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
122 Simmons University Boston, MA
123 Simpson University Redding, CA
124 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
125 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
126 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
127 Biola University La Mirada, CA
128 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
129 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
130 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
131 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
132 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
133 Clemson University Clemson, SC
134 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
135 National University La Jolla, CA
136 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
137 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
138 Baylor University Waco, TX
139 Denver College of Nursing Denver, CO
140 George Fox University Newberg, OR
141 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
142 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
143 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
144 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
145 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
146 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
147 Kettering College Kettering, OH
148 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
149 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
150 Ambria College of Nursing Hoffman Estates, IL
151 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
152 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
153 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
154 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
155 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
156 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
157 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
158 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
159 Luther College Decorah, IA
160 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
161 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
162 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
163 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
164 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
165 Lehman College Bronx, NY
166 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
167 Chamberlain University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
168 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
169 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
170 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
171 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
172 Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, PA
173 Hunter College New York, NY
173 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
175 Hope College Holland, MI
176 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
177 Bryan College of Health Sciences Lincoln, NE
178 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
179 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
180 Helene Fuld College of Nursing New York, NY
181 Texas A & M University - Central Texas Killeen, TX
182 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
183 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
184 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
185 Illinois State University Normal, IL
186 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
187 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
188 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
189 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
190 LIU Post Brookville, NY
191 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
192 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
193 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
194 Washington State University Pullman, WA
195 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
196 University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK
197 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
198 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
199 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
200 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
201 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
202 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA

Nursing by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 152,243
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 3,122
Nursing Science 1,419
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,155
Nursing Administration 852
Nursing Practice 793
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 187
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 145
Clinical Nurse Leader 23
Clinical Nurse Specialist 19

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Health 18,064
Health & Medical Administrative Services 17,986
Health Sciences & Services 17,662
Communication Sciences 11,076
Allied Health Professions 9,989
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 4,625
Other Health Professions 4,489
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 3,886
Health/Medical Prep Programs 3,112
Mental & Social Health Services 3,037

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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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