2017 Best Colleges for Nursing in America

The Best Colleges for Nursing ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares the top nursing schools in the U.S.
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    University of Pennsylvania

    • Philadelphia, PA
    • 1,105 reviews
    College Junior:Very diverse undergraduate class socioeconomically and culturally. Penn's resources spanning across all 12 graduate schools are available to undergraduates, truly enhancing the learning experience. Great and friendly atmosphere. Great professors who challenge and engage with students.
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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,758 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well I'm currently studying at the University of Michigan, which is known for its business and engineering programs. But I'm currently triple-majoring in Linguistics, Spanish, and Japanese. And I am constantly impressed by just how amazing our faculty is here. In almost every department, there is at least one professor that is a leading contributor in his/her field. I've taken several classes where the textbook that we use to structure the class was written by the professor him/herself.

    I personally have never attended another school, but I assume that this is very atypical for colleges. And it's something that I take pride in as a Wolverine. One of our slogans here is "the leaders and the best". Now I will admit that I can see the pride, and perhaps the arrogance as well, in this statement, but I find it to be quite fitting. I came to Michigan because it's a university taught by the best, for the best.
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    Columbia University

    • New York, NY
    • 1,083 reviews
    College Junior:For those interested in Columbia College, not CEAS (the Engineering School): As a political science major with a German concentration (Columbia-speak for minor), I have been very satisfied with the academic resources provided by Columbia. The professors I have had in the Poli Sci department have been top in their fields, and the grad students that lead the discussion sections have been both knowledgable and helpful. The German department is very small and thus very personal. Most of the professors will know your name, and the conversation hours (complete with coffee and sometimes handmade baked goods) are really friendly ways to get to know your classmates. That being said, it is very important to read reviews of your classes online before signing up, because Columbia does have duds. Additionally, those in the hard sciences often have a much more competitive and stressful experience, both because of the nature of the major and the organization of the classes themselves. And, of course, the Core is wonderful… if that is what you are looking for. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT DEAD GREEK DUDES!!!!! Most of my friends loved the Core, but the few who didn't had miserable freshman and sophomore years. It is very humanities focused, and gives you a wonderful context for culture and ideas that affect every aspect of modern life. But if you hate reading, or hate humanities, or both, DO NOT APPLY. You will hate it.
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    College Sophomore:Chapel Hill is a great college town- it is especially fun during basketball season because the whole town is excited. While sports are always fun to go watch, there are plenty opportunities to get involved on campus in clubs and other things such as intermural sports.
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    University of Virginia

    • Charlottesville, VA
    • 2,003 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely adore my school. There is not a day that goes by that I don't walk to class, finding new reasons to be grateful for choosing it. The combination of history, academics, athletics, social scene and opportunities is one that cannot be compared.
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    Villanova University

    • Villanova, PA
    • 1,363 reviews
    College Junior:Villanova has been an incredible experience. It was remarkably easy to find a group of genuine, smart, fun friends who respect and care for each other. Students and teachers are passionate about learning, growing, and challenging mindsets that are rarely challenged. In addition I have the opportunity to make a documentary film and to intern at The Vatican through my school.
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    Georgetown University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,061 reviews
    College Sophomore:The campus is beautiful, professors and faculty truly care about students, and the student body itself is brilliant and kind. Best school ever.
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    University of Pittsburgh

    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 3,624 reviews
    College Junior:I give Pittsburgh 5/5 stars. First of all, I would like to say what students put into their schooling is what they get out of it. I have friends who put in little effort and do not get as much out of college as I do. The reason I am giving Pitt 5 stars is probably a result of myself putting in a lot of effort. I am active in an array of extracurricular activities and work hard in my schooling. Because I put in a lot of time/effort, I get a lot out of my education. My involvement in clubs has taught me just as much, if not more, than I have in class. I find professors who see students working hard in their education to be very willing to help their students out. I regularly correspond with multiple professors, and they all treat me as an equal. They give me advice outside of the scope of school and I think that is priceless.
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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,816 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.
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    Johns Hopkins University

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 1,165 reviews
    College Sophomore:I really love my school. I've met so many down-to-earth friends that both help motivate me as well as help and support me when I'm feeling down.
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    New York University

    • New York, NY
    • 4,755 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am in a campus of NYU in Shanghai, which is a new campus and is still growing. Although the courses are not a lot but the teachers and staffs are truly the best. It's an honor for me to have the chance to study with these professors.
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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,144 reviews
    College Junior:Since I transferred from the University of Findlay, I have never been happier in my life. The atmosphere and curriculum is perfect for a college student.
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    Case Western Reserve University

    • Cleveland, OH
    • 1,562 reviews
    College Sophomore:Case has a brilliant mix of STEM and the arts--perhaps more STEM than the arts, but everybody knows somebody who is a double major in, say, Aerospace Engineering and Dance, or CompSci and Theater. It makes for some very interesting dynamics and juxtapositions of interests.
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    Ohio State University

    • Columbus, OH
    • 4,686 reviews
    College Sophomore:I cannot say enough good things about The Ohio State University. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and I could not ask for a better place to complete my undergrad.
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    Emory University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,369 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Perfect balance between large university and small liberal arts feel. Community is greatly emphasized--creating a 'community of care.' While not having a football team is a drawback, it is easy to get over and students continue to root for their home teams. As a freshman who has been here for a little over a month, the work load is heavy but manageable if you balance your time.
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    Northeastern University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,125 reviews
    College Junior:Northeastern is a phenomonal school and has provided me with opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. The most common reason for selecting NU is the co-op program, which is clearly a great opportunity to have. On top of that I've been able to go abroad twice even though I am in a major which I thought would make that impossible. I did my first semester abroad as part of NUin and not only did I love my time there, but I also grew to become very independent and confident. This past summer I got the chance to go abroad again with a major specific to my major an lead by the dean of my major.
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    University of Texas - Austin

    • Austin, TX
    • 5,348 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has it all. There are over 1000 clubs you can join so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved. There are such a wide range of majors that it's easy to find something that fits what you want to do. The professors are always so passionate about what they teach and you can tell they genuinely care about their students. They always make sure to explain things clearly and offer more than enough opportunities to reach them outside of class hours. The advisors on campus are life savers, I wouldn't have been able to navigate this far without their amazing help. This university really makes me feel like my needs are important instead of feeling like just another student out of 50,000. The people are friendly, the culture is fantastic, and the school is stellar. I couldn't see myself attending anywhere else.
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    University of Florida

    • Gainesville, FL
    • 6,634 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school offers plenty of chances for research, jobs, and diverse activities. The all around experience of UF generally great, and the name UF on you degree gives a person an edge up in the work field.
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    Purdue University

    • West Lafayette, IN
    • 4,047 reviews
    College Sophomore:A Purdue degree carries a lot of weight around the country, especially with the successful alumni the school has. Annual career fairs show exactly how many businesses are looking for Purdue students specifically, and if you know what field you want to work in, you'll find a lot of help getting an internship or job within it.
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    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 3,832 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would choose the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities every single time if someone asked me what school I wanted to attend. The academic rigor is challenging but very possible to get good grades with and the community is so friendly and welcoming. The campus is gorgeous and there is always new opportunities to try new things or become apart or new programs and extracurricular activities. The professors are outstanding and always willing to lend a hand if you are struggling. I have made so many great memories here as a gopher and I can't wait to see what lies in store for the next three years.
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    University of California - Los Angeles

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 4,393 reviews
    College Sophomore:UCLA's historical reputation for research contributes to an extremely positive aura around the school. The job opportunities are many; and so is the alumni network.
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    Duke University

    • Durham, NC
    • 1,003 reviews
    College Sophomore:Duke is difficult, but I would choose it again if I had to do it all over. The classes make me think, the basketball is fantastic, and the people are amazing.
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    University of Portland

    • Portland, OR
    • 814 reviews
    College Sophomore:I don't know about other departments, but the Engineering school is pretty integrated in the industry. It seems like we have job seminars every other week at least.
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    Boston College

    • Chestnut Hill, MA
    • 1,327 reviews
    College Senior:The one thing that I have absolutely loved here is the academics. Almost every professor I've had is intelligent and personable, and have helped figure out what I want to do with my life.
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    Clemson University

    • Clemson, SC
    • 2,809 reviews
    College Junior:Clemson is so unique in the sense that you will not get that small town family feel anywhere else, at least not without sacrificing the fun and or excitement that other schools offer. Clemson offers wonderful academics, with a wonderful environment, and wonderful people - its simple
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