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Top 100 BSN Programs

One of the best measures of a nursing program's ability to prepare its students to become a practicing nurse is to look at an institutions first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate. We went directly to each state board of nursing to find, report and rank the the best BSN degree programs in the country.

Find the BSN degree program(s) that will best prepare you for your RN licensing exam and beyond.

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We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 686 BSN Degree programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running. We then complied our results and ranked the top 669 BSN Degree programs across the country. You will find the top 100 in the list below. Research the best BSN nursing schools state-by-state.

Rank
University
Based In
NCLEX Grade
Reporting Years
1 Spring Hill College Mobile, AL 100.00 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2 Harding University Searcy, AR 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
3 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
4 Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, CO 100.00 2016, 2017, 2018
5 MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
6 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
7 Berea College Berea, KY 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
8 Colby-Sawyer College New London, NH 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
9 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
10 Saint Francis University Loretto, PA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
11 The University of Tennessee-Martin Martin, TN 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
12 East Texas Baptist University Marshall, TX 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
13 University of Houston-Victoria Victoria, TX 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
14 Longwood University Farmville, VA 100.00 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
15 Texas State University San Marcos, TX 99.65 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
16 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 99.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
17 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 99.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
18 Concordia University-Texas Austin, TX 99.26 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
19 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT 99.26 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
20 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
21 Morehead State University Morehead, KY 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
22 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH 98.99 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
23 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA 98.72 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
24 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL 98.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
25 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA 98.58 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
26 Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC 98.52 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
27 Bethel University McKenzie, TN 98.52 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
28 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT 98.43 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
29 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA 98.35 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
30 Anderson University Anderson, IN 98.24 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
31 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT 98.20 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
32 Luther College Decorah, IA 98.09 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
33 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 98.02 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
34 Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA 98.01 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
35 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR 97.92 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
36 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL 97.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
37 Allen College Waterloo, IA 97.70 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
38 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 97.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
39 Indiana University-Northwest Gary, IN 97.58 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
40 California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo, CA 97.56 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
41 West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, WV 97.53 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
42 Duke University Durham, NC 97.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
43 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 97.47 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
44 California State University-Stanislaus Turlock, CA 97.40 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
45 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 97.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
46 Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 97.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
47 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA 97.34 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
48 Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 97.34 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
49 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 97.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
50 Muskingum University New Concord, OH 97.31 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
51 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA 97.29 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
52 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Durham, NH 97.16 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
53 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond, VA 97.13 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
54 Carson-Newman University Jefferson City, TN 97.04 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
55 Carroll University Waukesha, WI 96.98 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
56 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 96.96 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
57 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 96.96 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
58 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL 96.94 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
59 San Diego State University San Diego, CA 96.83 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
60 Lander University Greenwood, SC 96.71 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
61 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 96.68 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
62 Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY 96.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
63 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans, LA 96.66 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
64 West Texas A & M University Canyon, TX 96.62 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
65 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 96.54 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
66 California State University-Chico Chico, CA 96.52 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
67 Thomas Edison State College Trenton, NJ 96.52 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
68 Baylor University Waco, TX 96.51 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
69 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN 96.48 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
70 East Carolina University Greenville, NC 96.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
71 California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA 96.45 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
72 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA 96.44 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
73 Troy University Troy, AL 96.41 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
74 Simpson University Redding, CA 96.36 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
75 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH 96.36 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
76 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN 96.30 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
77 California State University-San Marcos San Marcos, CA 96.27 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
78 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX 96.21 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
79 Emory University Atlanta, GA 96.20 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
80 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 96.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
81 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
82 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI 96.02 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
83 Bradley University Peoria, IL 96.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
84 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 96.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
85 University of Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, LA 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
86 University of Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, LA 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
87 Cedar Crest College Allentown, PA 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
88 George Mason University Fairfax, VA 95.91 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
89 Messiah College Mechanicsburg, PA 95.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
90 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE 95.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
91 Rhode Island College Providence, RI 95.89 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
92 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL 95.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
93 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL 95.78 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
94 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA 95.71 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
95 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA 95.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
96 Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ 95.52 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
97 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA 95.49 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
98 Appalachian State University Boone, NC 95.44 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
99 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 95.43 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
100 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 95.39 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

BSN Programs Rankings by State

View all BSN Degree Program rankings by state using the map below.

  • Total BSN Degree Programs: 686
  • Ranked BSN Degree Programs: 669
AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

List of Best BSN Nursing Schools

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For information about how we rank BSN programs, please see our ranking methodology.

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