The Top Nursing Schools in The U.S. - Chosen By Students!

3 Min Read Published October 20, 2023
The Top Nursing Schools in The U.S. - Chosen By Students! launched our first annual "Top Nursing Schools- Student Choice Awards" contest, where your student and alumni votes determined the champions! Nursing students and alumni from around the country voted for these three schools as the best nursing schools in the U.S.  

Top 3 Nursing Schools in the United States, as Voted by Students and Alumni 

  1. Tennessee: University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
  2. Kansas: Washburn University
  3. Delaware: University of Delaware

About the Contest

Nursing education plays a pivotal role in producing skilled and compassionate healthcare providers. This contest aims to honor the nursing schools that excel in providing exceptional education, fostering innovation, and preparing nurses to make a positive impact on patients' lives.

About the Selection Process

Voting Phase (state level): Votes were cast for nursing schools that voters believed stood out as the best in their state. 

  • State winners announced: 50 schools voted as the best nursing school in their state progressed to the final round of voting. 

Voting Phase (national level): The top 50 schools progressed to the national round of voting where voters chose the top three schools in the U.S. 


A panel of nurses reviewed every school in the U.S. and used a number of factors to rank the top 10 schools by state. Ranking factors include, 

  • Reputation
  • NCLEX pass rate
  • Tuition
  • Acceptance rate, when available
  • Only ACEN or CCNE accredited schools are eligible 

Winners and Prizes

State level: The nursing school with the most votes in each state will be crowned the "Top Nursing School in [State] - Student Choice Award" and receive,

  • A digital badge to display online
  • Named as the #1 best nursing school, chosen by students, in your state on (over 1 million visitors per month!)
  • Shout-out on’s social media accounts (reaching over 30 million users per month!

National level: The top 3 nursing schools with the most votes in the United States will receive,

  •  A prestigious award plaque
  • An exclusive article featuring your school on’s website (over 1 million visitors per month!)
  • A feature in's weekly newsletter (160,000 subscribers)

No-Essay Scholarship

The $1,500 Healthcare Leaders scholarship is offered to students entering, or currently pursuing, an educational program related to nursing or medicine. No essay is required, enter here. 

Top Nursing School in Each State, Chosen by You

  1. Alabama: Samford University

  2. Alaska: University of Alaska Anchorage

  3. Arizona: The University of Arizona

  4. Arkansas: Harding University

  5. California: California State University, Long Beach

  6. Colorado: Adams State University

  7. Connecticut: Western Connecticut State University

  8. Delaware: University of Delaware

  9. Florida: University of Florida

  10. Georgia: Augusta University

  11. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Hilo

  12. Idaho: Lewis-Clark State College

  13. Illinois: Loyola University Chicago

  14. Indiana: Huntington University

  15. Iowa: University of Iowa

  16. Kansas: Washburn University

  17. Kentucky: Lindsey Wilson College

  18. Louisiana: McNeese State University

  19. Maine: Husson University

  20. Maryland: Coppin State University

  21. Massachusetts: Regis College

  22. Michigan: Calvin University

  23. Minnesota: St. Cloud State University

  24. Mississippi: Mississippi College

  25. Missouri: University of Missouri - Columbia

  26. Montana: Carroll College

  27. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Medical Center

  28. Nevada: Roseman University

  29. New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire

  30. New Jersey: Caldwell University

  31. New Mexico: University of New Mexico

  32. New York: Pace University

  33. North Carolina: Fayetteville State University

  34. North Dakota: University of Jamestown

  35. Ohio: The Ohio State University

  36. Oklahoma: Oklahoma Christian University

  37. Oregon: Linfield University

  38. Pennsylvania: Villanova University

  39. Rhode Island: Rhode Island College

  40. South Carolina: University of South Carolina Beaufort

  41. South Dakota: Mount Marty University

  42. Tennessee: University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

  43. Texas: Texas Woman’s University

  44. Utah: University of Utah

  45. Vermont: Norwich University

  46. Virginia: Virginia Commonwealth University

  47. Washington: University of Washington

  48. West Virginia: West Virginia Wesleyan College

  49. Wisconsin: Marquette University

  50. Wyoming: Northern Wyoming Community College District

>>>Vote for the best nursing school in the United States!

Stay Connected:

Follow us on @nurse_org to stay updated on contest announcements, voting reminders, and exciting behind-the-scenes insights.

We invite you to be a part of this impactful contest and help us shine a spotlight on the nursing schools that are making a difference in nursing education. Your vote matters, and together, we can acknowledge the exceptional contributions of these institutions.

Thank you for your dedication to healthcare and your commitment to nurturing the next generation of nurses!

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