The Best 100 Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) Programs

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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 921 BSN Degree programs across the United States for as many as 7 years running. We then complied our results and ranked the top 644 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 Saint Francis University Loretto, PA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Berea College Berea, KY 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
1 Spring Hill College Mobile, AL 100.00 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Colby-Sawyer College New London, NH 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Harding University Searcy, AR 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 The University of Tennessee-Martin Martin, TN 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA 100.00 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Longwood University Farmville, VA 100.00 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
1 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH 100.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
2 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 99.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
3 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 99.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
4 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS 99.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
5 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
5 Morehead State University Morehead, KY 99.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
6 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH 98.99 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
7 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA 98.72 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
8 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL 98.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
9 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA 98.58 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
10 Bethel University McKenzie, TN 98.52 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
10 Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC 98.52 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
11 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT 98.43 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
12 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA 98.35 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
13 Anderson University Anderson, IN 98.24 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
14 Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, MT 98.20 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
15 Luther College Decorah, IA 98.09 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
16 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 98.02 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
17 Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA 98.01 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
18 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL 97.80 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
19 Allen College Waterloo, IA 97.70 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
20 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 97.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
21 Indiana University-Northwest Gary, IN 97.58 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
22 California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo, CA 97.56 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
23 Avila University Kansas City, MO 97.55 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
24 West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, WV 97.53 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
25 Delta State University Cleveland, MS 97.49 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
26 Duke University Durham, NC 97.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
27 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA 97.47 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
28 California State University-Stanislaus Turlock, CA 97.40 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
29 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 97.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
29 Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT 97.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
30 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA 97.34 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
31 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 97.33 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
32 Radford University Radford, VA 97.31 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
32 Muskingum University New Concord, OH 97.31 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
33 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA 97.29 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
34 William Carey University Hattiesburg, MS 97.22 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
35 Lincoln University Jefferson City, MO 97.17 2016, 2017, 2018
36 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Durham, NH 97.16 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
37 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS 97.14 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
38 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Richmond, VA 97.13 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
39 Carson-Newman University Jefferson City, TN 97.04 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
40 Carroll University Waukesha, WI 96.98 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
41 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, GA 96.96 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
42 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL 96.94 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
43 San Diego State University San Diego, CA 96.83 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
44 Lander University Greenwood, SC 96.71 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
45 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN 96.68 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
46 Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY 96.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
47 Louisiana State University Health-Science Center New Orleans New Orleans, LA 96.66 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
48 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 96.54 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
49 Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO 96.53 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
50 California State University-Chico Chico, CA 96.52 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
50 Thomas Edison State College Trenton, NJ 96.52 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
51 Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN 96.48 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
51 East Carolina University Greenville, NC 96.48 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
52 California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA 96.45 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
53 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA 96.44 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
54 Troy University Troy, AL 96.41 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
55 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH 96.36 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
55 Simpson University Redding, CA 96.36 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
56 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, TN 96.30 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
57 California State University-San Marcos San Marcos, CA 96.27 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
58 Emory University Atlanta, GA 96.20 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
59 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 96.15 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
60 University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
60 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT 96.04 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
61 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI 96.02 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
62 Bradley University Peoria, IL 96.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
62 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 96.00 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
63 Cedar Crest College Allentown, PA 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
63 University of Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, LA 95.97 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
64 Messiah College Mechanicsburg, PA 95.91 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
65 Rhode Island College Providence, RI 95.89 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
66 Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL 95.81 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
67 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL 95.78 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
68 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA 95.71 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
69 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA 95.67 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
70 Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ 95.52 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
71 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield, PA 95.49 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
72 Appalachian State University Boone, NC 95.44 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
73 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 95.43 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
74 University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 95.39 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
75 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 95.38 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
76 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL 95.37 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
77 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 95.29 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
78 Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 95.27 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
78 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 95.27 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
78 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD 95.27 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017

BSN Programs Rankings by State

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

  • Total BSN Degree Programs: 921
  • Ranked BSN Degree Programs: 644
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