What Are the Top Undergraduate Nursing Programs in the United States?

Students seeking to enroll in a superior nursing program may choose to attend one of the following two schools. Read on to learn more about the rankings of said schools, the program requirements and courses, and other details.

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Both of the following schools have been highly ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among national universities. Students may choose from programs leading to bachelor's degrees; additional programs including an accelerated track and a combined bachelor's/master's degree are also available. Nursing students may gain experience through work-study rotations at local hospitals or might have the chance to study abroad, depending on the school in which they choose to enroll. Additionally, research fellowship opportunities may be extended to some nursing students. Learn more about two of the best schools to offer undergraduate nursing programs in the U.S.


Top Undergraduate Nursing Programs in the U.S.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania was ranked the number four college in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report. Its School of Nursing affords nursing majors the opportunity to complete rotations in renowned Philadelphia area hospitals, including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The nursing school also works in conjunction with the university's business, liberal arts, and engineering schools to offer aspiring nurses double major opportunities. In addition to a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, Penn makes available an accelerated bachelor's program in nursing for those already holding a degree in another subject, as well as a combined BSN and Master of Science in Nursing program.

Boston College

Founded in 1863, Boston College was named a 2010 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review and ranked 31st among the best national universities with the U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Its William F. Connell School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program which combines nursing classes in adult and child health as well as maternity, community, and psychiatric nursing. Nursing students in their junior year may elect to study abroad. Graduates of Boston College's nursing school have a 95% passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Select nursing majors may qualify for undergraduate research fellowship opportunities or early entrance into the university's nursing master's program.

List of 20 Good Undergraduate Nursing Schools in the U.S.

College/University Name Student Population Address Phone Number
Ohio State University - Main Campus 53,715 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-6446
University of Florida 51,474 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,140 100 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
Michigan State University 46,510 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-1855
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus 44,406 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802 (814) 865-4700
New York University 42,189 70 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
Purdue University - Main Campus 41,433 Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 39,675 1400 N.E. Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195 (702) 651-5000
Temple University 35,490 1801 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122 (818) 677-1200
Brigham Young University 34,244 Main Campus, Provo, UT 84602 (800) 925-3368
University of Southern California 33,747 University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (801) 422-4636
University of Iowa 29,152 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242(414) 229-1122
University of Virginia - Main Campus 24,541 Charlottesville, VA 22904 (269) 387-3530
Auburn University - Main Campus 24,530 Auburn, AL 36849 (434) 924-0311
University of Pennsylvania 24,107 3451 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104(215) 898-5000
Columbia University 23,196 116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (704) 687-2000
Drexel University 21,537 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 (956) 872-8311
Johns Hopkins University 19,758 3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218 (336) 334-5000
Clemson University 18,454 201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634 (864) 656-4636
Boston College 14,836 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (607) 777-2000
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