The Best Colleges for Nursing Methodology

The Best Colleges for Nursing ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Multiple Sources 37.5%
Percent Majoring in Nursing Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Nursing. U.S. Dept. of Education 23.0%
Nursing Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Nursing program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 14.1%
Percent of U.S. Nursing Graduates Percent of total annual Nursing graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 14.1%
Nursing Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Nursing. Self-reported by Niche users 11.3%

To be included, the school must confer at least 5 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 20% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the colleges.

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