Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

146,866

Graduates Per Year

$61K

Average Salary

#1

Most Popular Major

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1

Popularity

Very Popular

146,866

2286% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

1,091

468% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

1

Registered Nursing

146,866

2

Business Administration and Management

146,366

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$25,615

20% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

276

Bible Studies

$25,669

277

Registered Nursing

$25,615

278

Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services

$25,593

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Salary

Very High Salary

$70,217

82% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

7

Fire Protection

$70,299

8

Registered Nursing

$70,217

9

Industrial Engineering

$69,699

Professors

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

3.28% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

196

Kinesiology and Exercise Science

197

Registered Nursing

198

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SUMMARY

Going to school for Registered Nursing is a valuable choice and generally a requisite first step for students desiring to begin a career as an obstetrician/gynecologist, a nurse practitioner, or a nurse anesthetist. Interestingly, registered nursing is an extremely popular degree choice, being the 1st most popular degree. In the last year, there were 146,866 registered nursing graduates. In-state tuition for registered nursing at private colleges is, on average, 3.4 times more expensive than their public fellows.

With an impressive 1091 colleges offering this degree chances are that any universities you are excited about will have a degree program for you. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other registered nursing undergraduates, consider colleges in Illinois which have the most students admitted to registered nursing annually. less precisely, the best region to major in registered nursing is in the Southeast region with University of Central Florida, The University of West Florida, and University of North Carolina Wilmington best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to study registered nursing is the Sun Belt Conference with Georgia Southern University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and The University of Texas at Arlington representing the conference. That said, our choice for the best college for registered nursing is Duke University. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The 'best' school does not have to be the best school for you. There can be a bunch of facets to consider when choosing college. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could alter your choice on where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which registered nursing college has the top college campus, the answer is University of Pennsylvania. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which university has the top campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to evaluate every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life and our selection of the school with the best student life for registered nursing is University of Pennsylvania. Are you curious why? Keep reading to discover more about our top recommendations. Many of our decisions will probably shock you.

If cost is a significant factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Duke University. Duke University is the most expensive university for registered nursing, at least regarding out of state students. We do have an entire page for the most expensive colleges that could put the expense of Duke University into perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that registered nursing is the 277th most expensive program in America, with an average associated cost of $25,600. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for registered nursing in the country is Oregon with expenses at the primary three institutions amounting to $36,750 at George Fox University, equalling $47,478 at University of Portland, and costs equalling $47,478 at Linfield College-School of Nursing. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the country for registered nursing is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Fairfield University with a cost of $49,080, Boston College with a cost of $56,780, and Northeastern University with a cost of $52,420.

Our cheapest region for registered nursing is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and Western Governors University with a cost of $6,380. In better news, the most affordable college for registered nursing is Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable schools can be found here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying around $8,900 for a degree in registered nursing. The cost balloons dramatically to a median of $19,700 for the out-of-state public-school undergrad. Our pick for the university with the best value for registered nursing: Duke University. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list about the schools we believe to be the best value in general. That being said, this idea is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for registered nursing majors range widely, but two years after finishing the degree students will often earn around $61,000. There can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; top positions can enjoy pay up to $94,900. Right out of college, the lowest end positions within the registered nursing space make $38,900, which could be worse. The highest earning grads from registered nursing come from Duke University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of registered nursing ranks on the higher end, ranking within the 50th percentile of all majors. The school with the highest composite diversity for registered nursing is University of Pennsylvania and here you can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Registered Nursing sits only in the 10th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually above financial diversity, in the 57th percentile. White students make up the largest proportion at 60% of those studying registered nursing. Additionally, 86% of undergrads seeking a registered nursing degree are women.

We have insufficient professors data for registered nursing to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. If we consider information other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the school with the overall best professors for registered nursing is University of Pennsylvania. You will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the best examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for registered nursing is Duke University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you believe that considering higher education from examples mainly informed by superlatives can create issues. We at Authority hope you explore our more nuanced pages on different universities and peruse some of our background pages on important details to look out for as your college search continues.

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Oregon Health & Science University

#1 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Oregon Health & Science University is a small public medical school located in Portland, OR ranked 122nd in America. It has a total of 891 full-time undergraduate students. Oregon Health & Science University offers 64 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 1st in America. 88% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $89,000 per year, which is 114% over the national median.

Portland, OR

www.ohsu.edu

A

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,301

Students

#122

Ranking

$26,028

Tuition

University of Maryland, Baltimore

#2 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

University of Maryland, Baltimore is a mid-sized public university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 115th in the United States. It has a total of 1,144 full-time undergraduate students. University of Maryland, Baltimore offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Dental Hygiene programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 15th, and 17th respectively). 90.82% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $89,700 per year, which is 116% over the national median.

Baltimore, MD

www.umaryland.edu

A

Rating

100%

Acceptance

7,573

Students

#115

Ranking

$38,060

Tuition

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

#3 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is a very small private institution located in Peoria, IL ranked 18th in Illinois. It has a total of 438 full-time undergraduate students. Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing offers 4 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 3rd in the nation. 88.66% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $55,400 per year, which is 33% above the national median.

Peoria, IL

www.sfmccon.edu/

B

Rating

100%

Acceptance

663

Students

#452

Ranking

$20,638

Tuition

Samuel Merritt University

#4 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Samuel Merritt University is a small private institution located in Oakland, CA ranked 232nd in the US. It has a total of 1,100 full-time undergraduate students. Samuel Merritt University offers 11 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 4th in the United States. 59.12% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw more or less $111,100 per year, which is 167% greater than the national median.

Oakland, CA

www.samuelmerritt.edu

A-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,495

Students

#232

Ranking

$47,928

Tuition

Medical University of South Carolina

#5 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Medical University of South Carolina is a small public medical school located in Charleston, SC ranked 200th in the United States. It has a total of 418 full-time undergraduate students. Medical University of South Carolina offers 46 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 5th in the nation. 59.45% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to draw roughly $83,700 per year, which is 102% over the national median.

Charleston, SC

https://web.musc.edu/

A

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,402

Students

#200

Ranking

$23,340

Tuition

University of Nebraska Medical Center

#6 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

University of Nebraska Medical Center is a small public medical school located in Omaha, NE ranked 161st in the US. It has a total of 1,046 full-time undergraduate students. University of Nebraska Medical Center offers 68 different majors and is best known for its Radiography, Registered Nursing, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 6th, and 11th respectively). 90.62% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $71,000 per year, which is 71% greater than the national median.

Omaha, NE

www.unmc.edu

A

Rating

100%

Acceptance

4,246

Students

#161

Ranking

$29,700

Tuition

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

#7 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a mid-sized public medical school located in Lubbock, TX ranked 261st in the nation. It has a total of 2,685 full-time undergraduate students. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center offers 39 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs (nationally ranked 7th, 11th, and 14th respectively). 65.77% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $80,300 per year, which is 93% over the national median.

Lubbock, TX

https://www.ttuhsc.edu

A-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

7,315

Students

#261

Ranking

$19,282

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#8 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

Duke University

#9 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Duke University is a large private university located in Durham, NC ranked 6th in America. It has a total of 7,338 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.6% acceptance rate. Duke University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Public Policy Analysis, Computer Engineering, and Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,880 per year, Duke University is very expensive. 94.41% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $84,400 per year, which is 103% above the national median.

Durham, NC

WWW.DUKE.EDU

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

18,159

Students

#6

Ranking

$55,880

Tuition

Roseman University of Health Sciences

#10 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Roseman University of Health Sciences is a small private university located in Henderson, NV ranked 1st in Nevada. It has a total of 741 full-time undergraduate students. Roseman University of Health Sciences offers 5 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 10th in the US. 78.23% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment.

Henderson, NV

www.roseman.edu

A-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,833

Students

#306

Ranking

$34,000

Tuition

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences

#11 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences is a very small private institution located in Kansas City, MO ranked 286th in the US. It has a total of 751 full-time undergraduate students. Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences offers 5 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 11th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $10,800 per year, Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences is relatively low-priced. 86.76% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make around $62,300 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

Kansas City, MO

www.saintlukescollege.edu/

A-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

934

Students

#286

Ranking

$10,800

Tuition

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

#12 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is a mid-sized public medical school located in Houston, TX ranked 260th in America. It has a total of 1,018 full-time undergraduate students. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston offers 76 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs, which are respectively ranked 12th and 13th in America. 49.78% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $90,300 per year, which is 117% greater than the national median.

Houston, TX

www.uth.edu/

A-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

6,553

Students

#260

Ranking

$32,235

Tuition

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

#13 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is a small public medical school located in San Antonio, TX ranked 169th in the US. It has a total of 1,234 full-time undergraduate students. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio offers 61 different majors and is best known for its Emergency Medical Technology, Respiratory Care Therapy, and Dental Hygiene programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 9th respectively). 88.75% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $79,000 per year, which is 90% above the national median.

San Antonio, TX

www.uthscsa.edu

A

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,881

Students

#169

Ranking

$18,306

Tuition

Resurrection University

#14 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Resurrection University is a very small private college located in Chicago, IL ranked 276th in the US. It has a total of 1,043 full-time undergraduate students. Resurrection University offers 12 different majors and is best known for its Radiography and Registered Nursing programs, which are respectively ranked 4th and 14th in the nation. 76.35% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn roughly $71,100 per year, which is 71% above the national median.

Chicago, IL

www.resu.edu

A-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,169

Students

#276

Ranking

$26,584

Tuition

Arizona College-Las Vegas

#15 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Arizona College-Las Vegas is a very small for-profit university located in Las Vegas, NV ranked 2nd in Nevada. It has a total of 666 full-time undergraduate students and, with a 40% acceptance rate. Arizona College-Las Vegas offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 15th in the US. With an annual tuition of $18,880 per year, Arizona College-Las Vegas is reasonably priced. 57.72% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working.

Las Vegas, NV

www.arizonacollege.edu

B+

Rating

40%

Acceptance

666

Students

#353

Ranking

$18,880

Tuition

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

#16 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing is a very small private university located in Richmond, VA ranked 10th in Virginia. It has a total of 546 full-time undergraduate students. Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 16th in the nation. 82.65% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in close to $61,100 per year, which is 47% over the national median.

Richmond, VA

www.bsmcon.edu

B+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

546

Students

#370

Ranking

$12,000

Tuition

Linfield College-School of Nursing

#17 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Linfield College-School of Nursing is a very small private university located in Portland, OR ranked 8th in Oregon. It has a total of 451 full-time undergraduate students. Linfield College-School of Nursing offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 17th in the nation. 74.71% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $55,200 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

Portland, OR

https://www.linfield.edu/portland.html

B

Rating

100%

Acceptance

451

Students

#421

Ranking

$43,560

Tuition

Helene Fuld College of Nursing

#18 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Helene Fuld College of Nursing is a very small private associates college located in New York, NY ranked 51st in New York. It has a total of 758 full-time undergraduate students. Helene Fuld College of Nursing offers 2 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 18th in the US. 72.28% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate close to $84,400 per year, which is 103% over the national median.

New York, NY

https://www.helenefuld.edu

B+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

758

Students

#384

Ranking

$20,476

Tuition

Chamberlain University-Georgia

#19 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Chamberlain University-Georgia is a small for-profit university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 9th in Georgia. It has a total of 1,488 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.44% of applicants. Chamberlain University-Georgia offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 19th in the US. With an annual tuition of $18,495 per year, Chamberlain University-Georgia is reasonably priced. 47.71% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make about $58,400 per year, which is 41% over the national median.

Atlanta, GA

https://www.chamberlain.edu/

B

Rating

44%

Acceptance

1,488

Students

#465

Ranking

$18,495

Tuition

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

#20 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a very small private university located in Cincinnati, OH ranked 16th in Ohio. It has a total of 1,057 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.75% acceptance rate. The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers 3 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 20th in the US. With an annual tuition of $14,821 per year, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is reasonably priced. 72.36% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $56,200 per year, which is 35% over the national median.

Cincinnati, OH

https://www.thechristcollege.edu

B

Rating

52%

Acceptance

1,057

Students

#481

Ranking

$14,821

Tuition

Laboure College

#21 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Laboure College is a very small private associates college located in Milton, MA ranked 37th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 1,342 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 20.83% of applicants. Laboure College offers 5 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 21st in the United States. With an annual tuition of $35,538 per year, Laboure College is somewhat moderately costly. 59.79% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $57,200 per year, which is 38% above the national median.

Milton, MA

www.laboure.edu/about-labour-

B

Rating

21%

Acceptance

1,342

Students

#440

Ranking

$35,538

Tuition

West Coast University-Los Angeles

#22 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

West Coast University-Los Angeles is a small for-profit university located in North Hollywood, CA ranked 62nd in California. It has a total of 2,872 full-time undergraduate students. West Coast University-Los Angeles offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 22nd in the United States. With an annual tuition of $34,060 per year, West Coast University-Los Angeles is somewhat moderately high-priced. 66.66% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $54,900 per year, which is 32% greater than the national median.

North Hollywood, CA

westcoastuniversity.edu/

B-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,872

Students

#601

Ranking

$34,060

Tuition

Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

#23 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a very small private university located in Canton, OH ranked 15th in Ohio. It has a total of 415 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting approximately 1/2 of applicants. Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers 6 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 23rd in the nation. With an annual tuition of $17,850 per year, Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is reasonably priced. 68.78% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $60,500 per year, which is 46% over the national median.

Canton, OH

https://www.aultmancollege.edu

B

Rating

51%

Acceptance

415

Students

#467

Ranking

$17,850

Tuition

West Coast University-Ontario

#24 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

West Coast University-Ontario is a small for-profit university located in Ontario, CA ranked 57th in California. It has a total of 2,553 full-time undergraduate students. West Coast University-Ontario offers 1 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 24th in the US. With an annual tuition of $34,060 per year, West Coast University-Ontario is reasonably high-priced. 66.66% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn near $54,900 per year, which is 32% over the national median.

Ontario, CA

westcoastuniversity.edu/

B-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,553

Students

#561

Ranking

$34,060

Tuition

Stanbridge University

#25 Best Colleges for Registered Nursing

Stanbridge University is a small for-profit university located in Irvine, CA ranked 49th in California. It has a total of 1,847 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 63.33% acceptance rate. Stanbridge University offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 25th in America. 72.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market.

Irvine, CA

www.stanbridge.edu

B

Rating

63%

Acceptance

2,106

Students

#476

Ranking

-

Tuition