2017 Best Colleges for Nursing Methodology

The 2017 Best Colleges for Nursing ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Nursing Student SAT/ACT Scores Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Nursing at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 20.0%
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 20.0%
Nursing Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Nursing. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Nursing Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Nursing program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Nursing Research Expenditures Total expenditures dedicated to research in Nursing. National Science Foundation 7.5%
Nursing Research Expenditures per Student Total expenditures dedicated to nursing research per full-time undergraduate student majoring in the field. National Science Foundation 7.5%
Nursing Test Scores Compared to School’s Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Nursing compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Percent Majoring in Nursing Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Nursing. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Percent of U.S. Nursing Graduates Percent of total annual Nursing graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Nursing Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Nursing program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%

This ranking assesses 625 4-year colleges and universities. To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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