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2021 Best Colleges for Nursing in New Jersey

Nursing is a popular major and New Jersey is the 21st most popular state for students studying this major. 5,424 of the 296,913 Nursing degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in New Jersey. With so many options it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Nursing in New Jersey ranking analyzed 17 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Nursing students in New Jersey.

Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Colleges for Nursing in New Jersey Your choice of nursing 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:

Quality Overall is Important

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

Graduates Earn More After College

A nursing degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average earnings following graduation. Recent nursing graduates from New Jersey schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $73,505 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Nursing students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other nursing students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized nursing related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Nursing students in New Jersey.

Best Schools to Study Nursing in New Jersey

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for nursing majors.

Top 10 Best Nursing Colleges in New Jersey

Every student pursuing a degree in nursing has to check out Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Located in the small city New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population.

Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, nursing students usually make about $70,300 in their early careers.

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The College of New Jersey is a good choice for students interested in a Nursing degree. Located in the suburb Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the nursing program make around $70,700 for their early career.

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Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Any student who is interested in nursing needs to check out Seton Hall University. Seton Hall is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of South Orange.

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $71,400.

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It is hard to beat Ramapo College of New Jersey if you want to pursue nursing as a major. Located in the large suburb Mahwah, Ramapo College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates of the nursing program state that they receive average early career income of $72,800.

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Rutgers Camden is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Camden.

After getting their bachelor's degree, nursing students generally make an average of $70,300 in their early careers.

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College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, NJ

CSE is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Morristown.

College of Saint Elizabeth nursing students make $10,000 more than the typical nursing graduate.

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Located in the large suburb Lodi, Felician is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students from the nursing major at Felician University get $9,100 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan is a large public school located in the suburb of Glassboro.

After graduating, nursing students generally make around $69,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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Stockton University

Galloway, NJ

Located in the midsize suburb Galloway, Stockton State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Students who graduate from the nursing program make around $69,600 in their early career salary.

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FDU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Teaneck.

Students from the nursing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus earn $3,400 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Best Nursing Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

Explore all the Best Nursing Schools in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 324 15,459
Pennsylvania 318 11,569
Maryland 275 3,846
District of Columbia 183 1,103
Delaware 163 1,186

One of 34 majors within the Health Professions area of study, Nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 2,470
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 1,690
Allied Health Professions 1,287
Health Sciences & Services 1,255
Health & Medical Administrative Services 795

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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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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