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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.

We compiled the first-time NCLEX passing for more than 975 BSN Degree programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running. We then complied our results and ranked the top 615 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 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
1 Saint Francis University Loretto, PA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
3 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 99.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
4 Texas State University San Marcos, TX 99.30 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
5 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA 99.17 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
6 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 99.07 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
7 The University of Tennessee-Martin Martin, TN 99.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
8 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH 98.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
9 University of Houston-Victoria Victoria, TX 98.65 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
10 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL 98.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
11 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 98.41 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
12 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 98.16 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
13 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT 98.04 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
14 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT 98.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
15 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT 97.93 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
16 West Texas A & M University Canyon, TX 97.88 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
17 Concordia University-Texas Austin, TX 97.86 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
18 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond, VA 97.84 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
19 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA 97.65 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
20 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR 97.28 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
21 Bradley University Peoria, IL 97.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
22 Troy University Troy, AL 97.12 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
23 Morehead State University Morehead, KY 97.11 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
24 Berea College Berea, KY 97.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
25 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA 96.99 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
26 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 96.98 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
27 Duke University Durham, NC 96.93 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
28 Utica College Utica, NY 96.90 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
29 Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 96.86 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
30 Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO 96.85 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
31 Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA 96.77 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
32 Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY 96.74 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
33 East Carolina University Greenville, NC 96.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
34 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 96.58 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
35 California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA 96.57 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
36 Helena College University of Montana Helena, MT 96.52 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
37 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans New Orleans, LA 96.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
38 Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC 96.44 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
39 Radford University Radford, VA 96.42 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
40 Colby-Sawyer College New London, NH 96.38 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
41 Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD 96.38 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
42 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 96.37 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
43 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
44 University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, NC 96.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
45 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 96.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
46 MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL 96.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
47 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC 96.15 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
47 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 96.15 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
49 Harding University Searcy, AR 96.09 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
50 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 96.05 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
51 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 96.02 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
52 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN 96.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
53 Alvernia University Reading, PA 95.79 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
54 Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO 95.69 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
55 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 95.62 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
56 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT 95.56 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
57 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 95.50 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
58 Truman State University Kirksville, MO 95.46 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
59 Spring Hill College Mobile, AL 95.44 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
60 University of Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, LA 95.40 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
60 University of Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, LA 95.40 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
62 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 95.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
63 Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA 95.35 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
64 Bethel University McKenzie, TN 95.33 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
65 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH 95.32 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
66 Cedar Crest College Allentown, PA 95.32 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
67 West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, WV 95.26 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
68 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 95.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
68 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL 95.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
70 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX 95.12 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
71 Eastern University Saint Davids, PA 95.12 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
72 Nevada State College Henderson, NV 94.74 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
73 Anderson University Anderson, IN 94.70 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
74 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND 94.69 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
75 Illinois State University Normal, IL 94.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
76 Lewis University Romeoville, IL 94.63 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
77 Baylor University Waco, TX 94.60 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
78 Bethel College-Indiana Mishawaka, IN 94.54 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
79 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA 94.50 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
80 Texas A & M International University Laredo, TX 94.50 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
81 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA 94.47 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
81 Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 94.47 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
83 Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN 94.47 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
84 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA 94.44 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
85 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 94.43 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
86 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA 94.34 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
87 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH 94.34 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
88 Northwest University Kirkland, WA 94.30 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
89 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA 94.24 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
90 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 94.18 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
91 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT 94.10 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
92 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 94.07 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
93 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA 93.96 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
94 University of St Francis Joliet, IL 93.96 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
95 Middle Georgia State College Macon, GA 93.94 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
96 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA 93.94 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
97 University of South Carolina-Beaufort Bluffton, SC 93.92 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
98 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 93.90 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
99 University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV 93.90 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
100 University of Colorado Denver Denver, CO 93.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

BSN Programs Rankings by State

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

  • Total BSN Degree Programs: 975
  • Ranked BSN Degree Programs: 615
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List of Best BSN Nursing Schools

View the top 100 ADN programs In the United States.

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

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