The A-List Top Nursing School Rankings

Trying to find ways to differentiate between nursing school programs? We've ranked the nation's top nursing schools based on four things that matter most to you: Affordability, Academic Quality, Accessibility, and NCLEX-RN board exam pass rates. Find out how the top nursing schools in the U.S. stack up against each other.

  1. University of Missouri, Columbia

    University of Missouri, Columbia

    Columbia, MO
    #1

    The University of Missouri, Columbia, is a public research university located in Columbia, Missouri. Also known as Mizzou, Missouri or MU, it is the largest institution of higher education in the ... read more

    • $9,415 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 81.5% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,748 Students
  2. University of Utah

    University of Utah

    Salt Lake City, UT
    #2

    The University of Utah is a public research university located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also known as the U of U, The U, or Utah, it is the state's flagship institution for higher education, with ... read more

    • $7,534 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 82.6% Acceptance Rate
    • 32,388 Students
  3. University of Iowa

    University of Iowa

    Iowa City, IA
    #3

    The University of Iowa is the oldest public university in the state.  Commonly referred to as UI or just Iowa, it is a research university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional ... read more

    • $8,061 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 78.4% Acceptance Rate
    • 30,119 Students
  4. Southeast Missouri State University

    Southeast Missouri State University

    Cape Girardeau, MO
    #4

    Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) is a public liberal arts university located in rural Cape Girardeau, Missouri. SEMO offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and Ed.D. levels in over ... read more

    • $6,863 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 97.2% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,729 Students
  5. Tennessee Technological University

    Tennessee Technological University

    Cookeville, TN
    #5

    Tennessee Technological University, or Tennessee Tech, is a public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, that enrolls approximately 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students.  The school ... read more

    • $7,500 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 97.4% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,469 Students
  6. Truman State University

    Truman State University

    Kirksville, MO
    #6

    Founded in 1867 as the First Missouri Normal School and Commercial College, Truman State University today a public liberal arts and sciences university located in Kirksville, Missouri. Its ... read more

    • $7,368 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 73.7% Acceptance Rate
    • 6,237 Students
  1. Missouri Southern State University

    Missouri Southern State University

    Joplin, MO
    #7

    Missouri Southern State University is located in the large town of Joplin, MO. Missouri Southern was founded in 1937. This university is a commuter campus with over 5,000 undergraduate students. ... read more

    • $5,376 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 96.2% Acceptance Rate
    • 5,417 Students
  2. Sonoma State University

    Sonoma State University

    Rohnert Park, CA
    #8

    Sonoma State University (also referred to as SSU or Sonoma State), is a public four-year university and one of twenty three campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. The school's ... read more

    • $7,234 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 81.9% Acceptance Rate
    • 9,021 Students
  3. University of Louisiana, Monroe

    University of Louisiana, Monroe

    Monroe, LA
    #9

    The University of Louisiana at Monroe, also known as ULM, is a coeducational public university in Monroe, Louisiana. It is part of the University of Louisiana System. ULM has 7,519 undergraduate ... read more

    • $5,443 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 91.3% Acceptance Rate
    • 8,545 Students
  4. Brigham Young University, ​Provo

    Brigham Young University, ​Provo

    Provo, UT
    #10

    Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest ... read more

    • $4,850 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 54.9% Acceptance Rate
    • 34,409 Students
  5. University of Tennessee ​Chattanooga

    University of Tennessee ​Chattanooga

    Chattanooga, TN
    #11

    The University of Tennessee- Chattanooga (UTC), is a public institution that was founded in 1886. The university offers over 100 bachelor's programs and 40 master's degree programs. UTC is ... read more

    • $7,554 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 76.3% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,660 Students
  6. Nicholls State University

    Nicholls State University

    Thibodaux, LA
    #12

    Founded in 1948, Nicholls State University is located on 287 acres of rural south Louisiana, deep in the heart of the Mississippi Delta near Thibodaux, LA. With just over 6,500 students, this ... read more

    • $6,408 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 91.8% Acceptance Rate
    • 6,606 Students
  7. University of Louisiana Lafayette

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette®

    Lafayette, LA
    #13

    Located in the rich Cajun cultural center of Lafayette, Louisiana, the Ragin' Cajuns® are proud of their commitment to study and research southern Louisiana culture as well as many other academic ... read more

    • $5,374 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 60.4% Acceptance Rate
    • 16,687 Students
  8. Emporia State University

    Emporia State University

    Emporia, KS
    #14

    Emporia State University (ESU) of Emporia, Kansas is home to approximately 5,500 students on 218 acres in the Flint Hills, conveniently located near Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City. The school ... read more

    • $5,614 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 72.3% Acceptance Rate
    • 5,867 Students
  9. University of Nevada, ​Las Vegas

    University of Nevada, ​Las Vegas

    Las Vegas, NV
    #15

    The University of Nevada Las Vegas is more commonly known as UNLV. It is a public research university located in Paradise, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. The school provides Bachelor's, Master's ... read more

    • $6,570 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 88.2% Acceptance Rate
    • 27,402 Students
  1. University of Southern Indiana

    University of Southern Indiana

    Evansville, IN
    #16

    The University of Southern Indiana, or USI, is home to just under 10,000 students on 1,400 acres in Evansville, Indiana. A quarter of those students are adult learners and 75% of students live ... read more

    • $6,598 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 71.8% Acceptance Rate
    • 10,467 Students
  2. University of Kansas

    University of Kansas

    Lawrence, KS
    #17

    The University of Kansas (referred to as “KU”) has a student body of more than 29,000 students, making it the largest public research university in the state of ... read more

    • $10,107 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 92.3% Acceptance Rate
    • 27,135 Students
  3. Northwestern Oklahoma State University

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University

    Alva, OK
    #18

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) is a public state university with its main campus in Alva, Oklahoma. NWOSU also embodies two smaller satellite campuses located in Woodward and ... read more

    • $5,054 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 2,294 Students
  4. Metropolitan State University

    Metropolitan State University

    St. Paul, MN
    #19

    Founded in 1971, Metropolitan State University is an urban school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its main focus is on adults in the working community. These students are diverse in their backgrounds, ... read more

    • $6,642 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 96.7% Acceptance Rate
    • 8,170 Students
  5. California State University ​Sacramento

    California State University ​Sacramento

    Sacramento, CA
    #20

    California State University Sacramento (Sacramento State) is a public university located in California's state capitol of Sacramento. With a student-population near 30,000, this large university ... read more

    • $6,602 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 69.7% Acceptance Rate
    • 28,539 Students
  6. Louisiana Tech University

    Louisiana Tech University

    Ruston, LA
    #21

    Louisiana Tech University, more commonly referred to by locals as Louisiana Tech, is a public university based in the city of Ruston, Louisiana. Louisiana Tech is a co-ed institution, one of the ... read more

    • $7,146 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 70.8% Acceptance Rate
    • 11,304 Students
  7. North Dakota State University

    North Dakota State University

    Fargo, ND
    #22

    North Dakota State University is a medium-sized university with an undergraduate population of 11,061. The graduate enrollment is currently 1,818. The university offers Bachelor's, Master's, ... read more

    • $7,233 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 83.6% Acceptance Rate
    • 14,443 Students
  8. University of Central Missouri

    University of Central Missouri

    Warrensburg, MO
    #23

    The University of Central Missouri (UCM) was founded in 1871 and is stationed on a 1,561 acre space in Warrensburg, Missouri. The university is made up of several colleges including the college ... read more

    • $7,265 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 79.9% Acceptance Rate
  9. New Mexico State University

    New Mexico State University

    Las Cruces, NM
    #24

    New Mexico State University, also known as New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and commonly referred to as NMSU, NMSU-Las Cruces, or NM State, is a four-year state university located in the ... read more

    • $6,220 In-State Tuition
    • Top 30% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 80.1% Acceptance Rate
    • 17,651 Students
  10. California State University, ​Los Angeles

    California State University, ​Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA
    #25

    California State University Los Angeles (Cal State L.A. or CSULA) is a public, comprehensive school found near downtown Los Angeles, in the University Hills District. Cal State L.A. belongs to ... read more

    • $6,335 In-State Tuition
    • Top 10% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 67.5% Acceptance Rate
    • 21,755 Students
  11. Ohio State University, ​Columbus

    Ohio State University, ​Columbus

    Columbus, OH
    #26

    Ohio State University, Columbus, also known as Ohio or OSU, is a public, four-year university and research institution located in Columbus, Ohio. OSU was founded as the Ohio Agricultural and ... read more

    • $10,037 In-State Tuition
    • Top 20% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 56,387 Students
  12. Southeastern Louisiana University

    Southeastern Louisiana University

    Hammond, LA
    #27

    Southeastern Louisiana University is a state-funded public university located in Hammond, Louisiana. Its student body represents more than 15,000 students who come from 43 states and 66 ... read more

    • $5,242 In-State Tuition
    • Top 30% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 88.6% Acceptance Rate
    • 15,602 Students
  13. University of Northern Colorado

    University of Northern Colorado

    Greeley, CO
    #28

    The University of Northern Colorado was founded in 1889. The institution has satellite campuses in Lowry, Loveland, and Colorado Springs. It is primarily a four-year university, but it does also ... read more

    • $6,793 In-State Tuition
    • Top 30% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 89.1% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,497 Students
  14. Langston University

    Langston University

    Langston, OK
    #29

    Langston University (LU) is a public school located in Langston, Oklahoma that traces its roots back to an all-black school, founded in 1897. It is the only college in the state of Oklahoma that ... read more

    • $4,255 In-State Tuition
    • Top 5% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 63.2% Acceptance Rate
    • 1,742 Students
  15. South Dakota State University

    South Dakota State University

    Brookings, SD
    #30

    Also known as SDSU, South Dakota State University is the state's largest university with a student population of 12,583. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State was founded under the ... read more

    • $7,708 In-State Tuition
    • Top 30% Board Exam Pass Rate
    • 91.7% Acceptance Rate
    • 12,583 Students
Rank College Name Location In-state Tuition Board Exam
Pass Rate
Enrollment Acceptance
Rate
31 Pembroke, NC $5,144 Top 20% 6,269 72%
32 Richmond, KY $7,536 Top 20% 15,968 60%
33 Fort Wayne, IN $7,104 Top 20% 13,771 82.1%
34 Greenville, NC $5,869 Top 20% 26,947 62.2%
35 San Marcos, CA $7,064 Top 10% 10,363 61.9%
36 Burlington, VT $15,718 Top 20% 13,097 76.7%
37 Lexington, KY $10,110 Top 20% 28,034 67.3%
38 Kokomo, IN $6,675 Top 20% 3,719 70.4%
39 St. Cloud, MN $7,472 Top 30% 16,457 89.7%
40 Durham, NH $16,496 Top 20% 15,301 77.9%
41 Oshkosh, WI $7,360 Top 20% 13,413 68.5%
42 Normal, IL $12,573 Top 20% 20,706 74%
43 Edmond, OK $5,092 Top 30% 17,211 78.9%
44 Fitchburg, MA $8,985 Top 10% 6,888 72.1%
45 Memphis, TN $7,904 Top 20% 22,139 64.7%
46 Milledgeville, GA $8,790 Top 20% 6,444 66.3%
47 Mobile, AL $8,152 Top 30% 14,636 87.2%
48 Morgantown, WV $6,456 Top 50% 29,707 85.1%
49 Natchitoches, LA $6,246 Top 30% 9,447 84.9%
50 Alexandria, LA $4,617 Top 20% 2,430 61.1%
51 Bakersfield, CA $6,709 Top 10% - 67%
52 Youngstown, OH $7,712 Top 30% 13,799 86.7%
53 Worcester, MA $8,157 Top 5% 6,221 68.1%
54 Turlock, CA $6,664 Top 30% 8,882 72.2%
55 Muncie, IN $9,250 Top 20% 21,053 61.2%
56 Columbia, SC $10,816 Top 20% 31,288 60.6%
57 Morehead, KY $7,498 Top 50% 11,172 84.5%
58 Cedar City, UT $5,924 Top 5% 8,297 57.3%
59 Ogden, UT $4,768 Top 50% 26,532 100%
60 Bloomsburg, PA $8,582 Top 20% 9,950 67.6%
61 College Park, MD $9,162 Top 20% 37,197 46.8%
62 Seattle, WA $12,383 Top 20% 42,568 59.2%
63 Evansville, IN $30,596 Top 5% 2,757 80.1%
64 Bowling Green, KY $8,722 Top 50% 21,110 92.3%
65 Notre Dame, IN $34,600 Top 5% 1,469 84.8%
66 Gainesville, FL $6,263 Top 50% 49,913 44.1%
67 Fort Pierce, FL $2,764 Top 50% 17,806 100%
68 Indiana, PA $9,080 Top 20% 15,379 61%
69 Denver, CO $6,418 Top 30% 23,381 71.2%
70 Radford, VA $9,026 Top 30% 9,573 76.4%
71 Denver, CO $7,494 Top 50% 22,396 75.9%
72 Jacksonville, FL $6,353 Top 20% 16,201 52%
73 Louisville, KY $9,750 Top 30% 21,242 76.3%
74 Auburn University, AL $9,852 Top 50% 25,134 77.2%
75 Chico, CA $8,906 Top 50% 16,470 79.2%
76 Clemson, SC $13,382 Top 20% 20,768 57.9%
77 Topeka, KS $5,774 Top 50% 7,204 95.5%
78 Beaumont, TX $9,011 Top 50% 14,288 88.3%
79 Canyon, TX $6,969 Top 30% 7,909 69.4%
80 Valparaiso, IN $33,480 Top 5% 4,078 79.6%
81 Orlando, FL $6,317 Top 20% 59,767 46.2%
82 Camden, NJ $13,348 Top 20% 6,343 62.5%
83 Murray, KY $6,840 Top 50% 10,832 82.2%
84 Wichita, KS $6,927 Top 50% 14,893 95.2%
85 Philadelphia, PA $14,340 Top 30% 36,744 67.2%
86 New Albany, IN $6,700 Top 30% 6,904 77.9%
87 Reno, NV $6,154 Top 50% 18,227 83%
88 El Paso, TX $7,018 Top 50% 22,749 99.8%
89 Albuquerque, NM $7,274 Top 50% 29,033 64.6%
90 Amherst, MA $13,258 Top 30% 28,236 62.6%
91 Clarksville, TN $7,158 Top 50% 10,597 85.7%
92 Highland Heights, KY $8,376 Top 5% 15,634 46.7%
93 St. Joseph, MO $6,497 Top 50% 6,056 100%
94 Pittsburg, KS $5,846 Top 50% 7,289 79.3%
95 Pineville, LA $14,520 Top 20% - 73.9%
96 South Bend, IN $6,816 Top 30% 8,490 71.9%
97 Galloway, NJ $12,322 Top 5% 8,400 57.3%
98 Salem, MA $8,050 Top 20% 9,456 69.3%
99 San Marcos, TX $9,151 Top 50% 34,225 76.6%
100 Tacoma, WA $34,740 Top 5% 3,473 73.6%