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2023 Registered Nursing Rankings

There are about 1,068,224 students enrolled in Registered Nursing in the USA.




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, 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&nbspand 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&nbspis the most expensive university for registered nursing, at least regarding out of state students. We do have an entire page for the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the expense of Duke University&nbspinto 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.'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&nbspin 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&nbspand 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&nbspand 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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