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2023 Best Registered Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

917 Colleges in the United States
157,596 Bachelor's Degrees
Ranked #1 in popularity, registered nursing is one of the most sought-after bachelor's degree programs in the nation. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual looked at 917 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Registered Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 157,596 bachelor's degrees in registered nursing during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Registered Nursing School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Registered Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools The registered nursing bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality registered nursing program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

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 registered nursing students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other registered nursing students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized registered nursing related body.

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

More Ways to Rank Registered Nursing Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Registered Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in registered 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 Registered Nursing

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
505 Annual Graduates

Samuel Merritt University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Located in the large city of Oakland, Samuel Merritt University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Samuel Merritt University

#2

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
455 Annual Graduates

New York University is a great option for students interested in a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from New York University

#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
147 Annual Graduates

Duke University is a wonderful option for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Duke University

#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
181 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in registered nursing has to check out University of Pennsylvania. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
917 Annual Graduates

TTUHSC is a moderately-sized public university located in the large city of Lubbock.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

#6

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
377 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Emory University

#8

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
197 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Loma Linda, Loma Linda University is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Loma Linda University

367 Annual Graduates

Located in the fringe town of Galveston, UTMB Galveston is a public university with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 Annual Graduates

U-M is a very large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#11

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
188 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from University of Rochester

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
389 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Baltimore, UMB is a public university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from University of Maryland - Baltimore

273 Annual Graduates

GWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from George Washington University

#14

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
390 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Thomas Jefferson University

107 Annual Graduates

SUNY Downstate is a small public university located in the large city of Brooklyn.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
89 Annual Graduates

Case Western is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Cleveland.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Case Western Reserve University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
384 Annual Graduates

OHSU is a small public university located in the city of Portland.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Oregon Health & Science University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
140 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

334 Annual Graduates

UT Health San Antonio is a small public university located in the large city of San Antonio.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
126 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from University of Virginia - Main Campus

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4,530 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Grand Canyon University

#22

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
220 Annual Graduates

Seattle U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Seattle.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Seattle University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
308 Annual Graduates

Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Omaha.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Creighton University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
8,124 Annual Graduates

Chamberlain - Illinois is a very large private for-profit university located in the suburb of Addison.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Chamberlain University - Illinois

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
496 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in registered nursing from Loyola University Chicago

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

#26

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#27

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#28

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

#32

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

#33

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#35

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#36

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#37

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#39

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#40

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

#41

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

#42

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#43

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#44

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
#46

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#49

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Registered Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 917 different United States registered nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
51 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
52 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
53 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
54 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
55 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
56 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
57 University of Portland Portland, OR
58 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
59 Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC
60 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
61 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
62 University of Delaware Newark, DE
63 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
64 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
65 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
66 Winona State University Winona, MN
67 LIU Post Brookville, NY
68 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
69 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
70 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
71 Baylor University Waco, TX
72 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
73 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
74 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston, MA
75 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
76 West Coast University - Dallas Dallas, TX
77 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
78 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
79 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
80 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
81 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
82 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
83 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
84 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
85 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
86 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
87 Hunter College New York, NY
88 Samford University Birmingham, AL
89 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
90 Northeastern University Boston, MA
91 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
92 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
93 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
94 Widener University Chester, PA
95 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
96 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
97 Oak Point University Chicago, IL
98 Bradley University Peoria, IL
99 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
100 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
101 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
102 Clemson University Clemson, SC
103 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
104 Pace University - New York New York, NY
105 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
106 Washington State University Pullman, WA
107 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
108 Augusta University Augusta, GA
109 Union University Jackson, TN
110 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
111 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
112 Florida International University Miami, FL
113 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
114 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
115 Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
116 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
117 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
118 University of Mississippi University, MS
119 National University La Jolla, CA
120 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
121 The University of Tennessee - Health Science Center Memphis, TN
122 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
123 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
124 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
125 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
126 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
126 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
128 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
129 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
130 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
131 Auburn University Auburn, AL
132 Towson University Towson, MD
133 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
134 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
135 Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY
136 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
137 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
138 Otterbein University Westerville, OH
139 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
140 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
141 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
142 Roseman University of Health Sciences Henderson, NV
143 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
144 Illinois State University Normal, IL
145 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
146 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
147 College of Mount Saint Vincent Bronx, NY
148 Belmont University Nashville, TN
149 Simmons University Boston, MA
150 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
151 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
152 Lehman College Bronx, NY
153 West Coast University - Ontario Ontario, CA
154 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
155 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
156 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
157 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
158 Southern Adventist University Collegedale, TN
159 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
160 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
161 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
162 Clarkson College Omaha, NE
163 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
164 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC
165 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
166 Holy Family University Philadelphia, PA
167 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
168 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
169 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans New Orleans, LA
170 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
171 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
172 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
173 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
174 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
175 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
176 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
177 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
178 Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO
179 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
180 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
181 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
182 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
183 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA

Registered 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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One of 22 majors within the Nursing area of study, Registered Nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Registered Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 2,640
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,495
Nursing Science 1,464
Nursing Practice 1,122
Nursing Administration 859
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 163
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 160
Clinical Nurse Specialist 21
Clinical Nurse Leader 18

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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