2017 Top Nursing Schools

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Masters nursing

This list ranks the top six schools offering graduate degrees in nursing, based on student ratings. University of California - Los Angeles leads the pack with a 100% recommendation rate by current and former students. University of California - Los Angeles's annual tuition for out-of-state students is $27,731. Following in 2nd place is Azusa Pacific University, which also has the lowest out-of-state tuition rate of all the schools on our list, coming in at $12,409 a year. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus ranks third, with a $35,744 recommendation rate. Close on their heels are the University of San Diego in 4th place, University of Maryland-Baltimore in 5th, and University of San Francisco in 6th.

Azusa Pacific University received overwhelmingly positive reviews from its students, who also gave it a 100% rating. One recent graduate shared that "Azusa Pacific University has excellent facilities and its faculty is topnotch. This translates to high quality education for its students." Click on the names of the schools listed below to read more reviews of our top-rated nursing programs or, if you're looking to pursue your nursing degree online, be sure to check out the top-ranked schools offering online nursing degrees.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 University of California - Los Angeles Campus Location Los Angeles (CA) 2017 Student Score 88.12
#2 #2 Azusa Pacific University Campus Location Azusa (CA) 2017 Student Score 85.26
#3 #3 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Campus Location Pittsburgh (PA) 2017 Student Score 84.62
#4 #4 University of San Diego Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2017 Student Score 81.94
#5 #5 University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 80.18
#6 #6 University of San Francisco Campus Location San Francisco (CA) 2017 Student Score 75.45


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.