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Top Nursing Schools, Student Choice Awards

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Calling all nurse alumni, nursing students, and healthcare enthusiasts! It’s time to recognize and celebrate the outstanding nursing schools that are shaping the future of healthcare across the United States. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the “Top Nursing School in Each State – Student Choice Awards” contest, where your voice will determine the champions!

 

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.

Voting Phase (state level): Cast your vote for the nursing school that you believe stands out as the best in your state. The voting phase will begin on September 7, 2023.

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

Voting Phase (national level): Cast your vote for the nursing school that you believe stands out as the best in the United States. 

Spread the Word: Encourage fellow nursing professionals, students, and healthcare advocates to participate. Let’s rally together to honor these institutions that play a crucial role in shaping the future of nursing.

Download the official Nursing Schools Student Choice Awards flyer and post it around campus, your local community, and online to encourage votes for your school! 

A Nurse.org 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 will receive,

  • A digital badge to display online
  • Named as the #1 best nursing school, chosen by students, in your state on Nurse.org (over 1 million visitors per month!)
  • Shout-out on Nurse.org’s social media accounts (reaching over 30 million users per month!)
  • Shout-out by Nurse Alice on the Ask Nurse Alice Podcast (Top 9 on Apple Podcast’s medical category)

National level: The nursing school with the most votes in the United States will receive,

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

The Nurse.org $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. 

Jump To a State:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Texas
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

Alabama

  • Auburn University
  • Samford University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of North Alabama
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Spring Hill College
  • University of Mobile
  • University of South Alabama
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
  • The University of Alabama

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Alaska

  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Charter College
  • Purdue University Global
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • Aspen University
  • Western Governors University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Chamberlain University
  • Capella University
  • University of Phoenix
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Arizona

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Arizona College of Nursing
  • Arizona State University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Pima Medical Institute
  • The University of Arizona
  • Glendale Community College
  • Carrington College – Phoenix
  • Cochise College

Arkansas

  • Henderson State University
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Harding University
  • John Brown University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Southern Arkansas University

California

  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • University of California, Irvine
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • San Diego State University
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • California State University, Stanislaus

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Colorado

  • Adams State University
  • University of Colorado
  • Colorado Technical University
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Aspen University
  • Regis University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Colorado Christian University

Connecticut

  • University of Hartford
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Saint Joseph 

Delaware

  • Wilmington University
  • University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Owens
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Stanton
  • Beebe Medical Center
  • Delaware Technical Community College – Terry
  • Aspen University
  • Western Governors University
  • Chamberlain University

Florida

  • University of Florida
  • Jacksonville University
  • University of Miami
  • Florida State University
  • University of South Florida
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Florida Southern College
  • University of North Florida
  • Florida International University

Georgia

  • Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia State University
  • Mercer University
  • Augusta University
  • University of West Georgia
  • Columbus State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Georgia Southern University

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Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii Hilo
  • University of Phoenix Hawaii
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Hawaii Community College
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • University of Hawaii – Kauai Community College
  • University of Hawaii – Maui College
  • Aspen University 

Idaho

  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Idaho State University
  • Boise State University
  • Brigham Young University – Idaho
  • North Idaho College
  • College of Western Idaho
  • College of Southern Idaho
  • Carrington College – Boise
  • Aspen University

Illinois

  • DePaul University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Elmhurst College
  • University of St. Francis
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Illinois State University
  • Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
  • Lewis University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University

Indiana

  • Anderson University
  • University of Saint Francis
  • Goshen College
  • Huntington University
  • Marian University
  • University of Indianapolis
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Saint Mary’s College – Indiana
  • Valparaiso University
  • Purdue University

Iowa

  • University of Dubuque
  • Allen College UnityPoint Health
  • Dordt University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Mount Mercy University
  • Luther College
  • Northwestern College
  • Coe College
  • Morningside College
  • University of Iowa 

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Kansas

  • Emporia State University
  • Hesston College
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Saint Mary
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Baker University
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Washburn University
  • Newman University
  • Wichita State University 

Kentucky

  • Western Kentucky University
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Spalding University
  • University of Louisville
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Bellarmine University

Louisiana

  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • McNeese State University
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Louisiana State University
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  • Nicholls State University
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
  • University of Holy Cross 

Maine

  • Husson University
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
  • Purdue University Global
  • University of Maine at Orono
  • University of New England
  • Central Maine Community College
  • Southern Maine Community College
  • Maine College of Health Professionals 
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Maryland

  • University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Coppin State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Morgan State University
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • University of Maryland
  • Frostburg State University
  • Stevenson University
  • Salisbury University
  • Towson University

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Massachusetts

  • Simmons College
  • Boston College
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • Regis College
  • Salem State University

Michigan

  • Grand Valley State University
  • Madonna University
  • Western Michigan University
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Calvin University
  • Hope College
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • Wayne State University

Minnesota

  • St. Cloud State University
  • Herzing University
  • College of Saint Scholastica
  • University of Minnesota
  • Concordia College
  • Saint Olaf College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • University of Northwestern
  • Winona State University

Mississippi

  • Delta State University
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Alcorn State University
  • Belhaven University
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Holmes Community College

Missouri

  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Avila University
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Truman State University
  • St. Louis University
  • Missouri State University
  • Maryville University
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis

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Montana

  • City College of Montana State University Billings
  • Montana State University
  • Montana Technological University
  • University of Providence
  • Carroll College
  • Helena College
  • Missoula College, at the University of Montana
  • Great Falls College
  • Montana State University-Northern
  • Salish Kootenai College

Nebraska

  • Doane University
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Union College-Nebraska
  • Creighton University
  • Nebraska Methodist College
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Clarkson College
  • College of St. Mary
  • Aspen University

Nevada

  • Nevada State College
  • Touro University Nevada
  • Arizona College – Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Chamberlain University
  • Roseman University
  • Great Basin College
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Truckee Meadows Community College

New Hampshire

  • Granite State College
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Keene State College
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Plymouth State University
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • Rivier University
  • Manchester Community College

New Jersey

  • Caldwell University
  • Montclair State University
  • Monmouth University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • New Jersey City University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Peter’s University
  • Stockton University
  • Thomas Edison State University

New Mexico

  • University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Western New Mexico University
  • University of New Mexico – Taos
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • Brookline College
  • Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell
  • New Mexico State University – Dona Ana
  • Central New Mexico Community College

New York

  • Molloy College
  • New York University
  • Wagner College
  • University of Rochester
  • University at Buffalo
  • Adelphi University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Pace University
  • Binghamton University
  • Farmingdale State College

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North Carolina

  • Appalachian State University
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • Western Carolina University – Cullowhee
  • Duke University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • East Carolina University
  • University of North Carolina – Wilmington
  • Winston-Salem State University

North Dakota

  • University of Mary
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Jamestown
  • Mayville State University
  • Dickinson State University
  • Minot State University
  • Bismarck State College
  • Lake Region State College
  • North Dakota State College of Science

Ohio

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Ursuline College
  • Ohio University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Mount Union
  • The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Otterbein University
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • The Ohio State University
  • Mercy College of Ohio
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Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Southern Nazarene University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • University of Tulsa
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State

Oregon

  • Bushnell University
  • George Fox University
  • Concordia St. Paul
  • Linfield College
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • University of Portland
  • Walla Walla University – Portland
  • Portland Community College
  • Treasure Valley Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College

Pennsylvania

  • Moravian College
  • Drexel University
  • Holy Family University
  • La Salle University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Duquesne University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Scranton
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Villanova University

Rhode Island

  • University of Rhode Island
  • Salve Regina University
  • Rhode Island College
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Aspen University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Western Governors University
  • Chamberlain University
  • Capella University

South Carolina

  • University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Anderson University – South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Clemson University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Lander University
  • Newberry College
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Francis Marion University

South Dakota

  • South Dakota State University
  • Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Augustana University
  • University of Sioux Falls
  • Presentation College
  • The University of South Dakota
  • Mount Marty College
  • Southeast Technical Institute
  • Oglala Lakota College
  • Aspen University

Tennessee

  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • Union University
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Belmont University
  • Bethel University
  • Lipscomb University
  • University of Memphis

Texas

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Schreiner University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Texas at Tyler
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Abilene Christian University
  • University of Mary Hardin – Baylor

Utah

  • Southern Utah University
  • Joyce University of Nursing & Health Sciences (Formally – Ameritech College)
  • Eagle Gate College
  • Utah State University
  • Provo College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Roseman University
  • University of Utah
  • Western Governors University
  • Westminster College

Vermont

  • The University of Vermont
  • Castleton University
  • Norwich University
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Aspen University
  • Western Governors University
  • Chamberlain University
  • Capella University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • University of Phoenix

Virginia

  • Marymount University
  • University of Virginia
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • James Madison University
  • University of Lynchburg
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington

  • University of Washington
  • Gonzaga University
  • Seattle University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Walla Walla University
  • Washington State University
  • Whitworth University
  • Northwest University
  • Bellevue College

West Virginia

  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • American Public University System
  • Fairmont State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Shepherd University
  • West Liberty University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • University of Charleston
  • Davis & Elkins College
  • Marshall University

Wisconsin

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Viterbo University
  • Edgewood College
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Marquette University
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Carroll University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering

Wyoming

  • University of Wyoming
  • Casper College
  • Central Wyoming College
  • Eastern Wyoming College
  • Laramie County Community College
  • Northern Wyoming Community College District
  • Northwest College
  • Western Wyoming Community College
  • Western Governors University
  • Aspen University

>> Vote For Your Favorite School Now!

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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