2016 Rankings of Best Master’s in Nursing ProgramsA career as a registered nurse will place you on the front lines of the health industry. Whether you work in a hospital, physicians’ office, home healthcare service, or in correctional facilities, schools, or the military, working as a nurse means that you will have a unique scope of practice to work independently and collaboratively with all members of a healthcare team to provide care to individuals and their families. In fact, nurses tend to serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities in ways doctors often do not. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is a larger amount of growth than the average for all other occupations.

A Master’s degree in nursing is often a crucial step in either entering into a career in nursing or advancing a career of a mid-profession nurse. The most common Master’s degree for nurses is the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) which is aimed at mid-career advancement. However, there are MSN options for direct entry into the nursing field, as well as RN to MSN degree options. Each MSN offers areas of specialization, which can range quite widely. We have tried to list each of the various degree types and areas of concentration available at each school in our ranking.

What are the best master’s in nursing degrees?

The College Choice 2016 Rankings of Best Master’s Degrees in Nursing has been compiled to provide readers a clear sense of which are the best programs for nursing with an eye toward best return on investment. Factors that were considered include academic ranks, acceptance rate, tuition per-year (based only on out-of-state tuition), and average graduate pay. The data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including the websites of the schools in the ranking, U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.

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Johns Hopkins University

College Choice Score: 100.00

Cost of Tuition: $29,020

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Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is located in Baltimore, MD, and has 278 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing, Entry into Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Practice, and Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health. Johns Hopkins University accepts 50% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 6:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 50% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Johns Hopkins University earn $65,500 in their first year of employment and tuition is $29,020 per year.

Academic Score: 96
Tuition: $29,020 per year
Average First Year Salary: $65,500
Acceptance Rate: 50%
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University of Alabama—​Birmingham

College Choice Score: 98.98

Cost of Tuition: $14,280

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University-of-Alabama-Birmingham

The University of Alabama—Birmingham School of Nursing is located in Birmingham, AL, and has 1,636 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway, Registered Nurse to MSN, and Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Family NP, Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Adult-Gero Acute Care NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, Pediatric Primary & Acute Care NP, Neonatal NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, Nursing Health Systems Administration, and Nursing Informatics. University of Alabama—Birmingham accepts 65.70% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 38:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 24% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Alabama—Birmingham earn $63,900 in their first year of employment and tuition is $14,280 per year.

Academic Score: 82
Tuition: $14,280 per year
Average First Year Salary: $63,900
Acceptance Rate: 65.70%
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University of Virginia

College Choice Score: 95.20

Cost of Tuition: $23,568

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University of Virginia

The University of Virginia School of Nursing is located in Charlottesville, VA, and has 288 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with the following areas of specialization: Adult gerontology acute care CNS, Adult gerontology acute care NP, Family NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric-mental health NP, Clinical nurse leader (direct entry), and Clinical nurse leader (for RNs). University of Virginia accepts 55.60% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 7:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 42% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Virginia earn $64,200 in their first year of employment and tuition is $23,568 per year.

Academic Score: 81
Tuition: $23,568 per year
Average First Year Salary: $64,200
Acceptance Rate: 55.60%
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University of California—​San Francisco

College Choice Score: 95.16

Cost of Tuition: $37,037

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UC-San-Francisco

The University of California—San Francisco School of Nursing is located in San Francisco, CA, and has 395 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing with the following areas of specialization: Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Oncology, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist – Critical Care/Trauma, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist – Oncology, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Public Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Policy Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery / Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. University of California—San Francisco accepts 31.70% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 10:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom N/A are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of California—San Francisco earn $60,200 in their first year of employment and tuition is $37,037 per year.

Academic Score: 96
Tuition: $37,037 per year
Average First Year Salary: $60,200
Acceptance Rate: 31.70%
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University of Texas—​Austin

College Choice Score: 94.18

Cost of Tuition: $21,155

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The_University_of_Texas_at_Austin

The University of Texas—Austin School of Nursing is located in Austin, TX, and has 250 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing with the following areas of specialization: Leadership in Diverse Settings, Adult – Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. University of Texas—Austin accepts 54.80% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 10:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 95% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Texas—Austin earn $58,300 in their first year of employment and tuition is $21,155 per year.

Academic Score: 82
Tuition: $21,155 per year
Average First Year Salary: $58,300
Acceptance Rate: 54.80%
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Arizona State University

College Choice Score: 93.49

Cost of Tuition: $19,530

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Arizona_State_University

The Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation is located in Phoenix, AZ, and has 29 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing & Health Innovation offers a Masters of Science in Clinical Research Management, Clinical Research Management (Regulatory Science), Healthcare Innovation, Nursing (Care Coordination), Nursing (Nursing Educator), and Nursing (Patient Safety & Health Care Quality). Arizona State University accepts 82.60% of those who apply to the College of Nursing & Health Innovation, and those accepted enjoy a 1:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 72% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Arizona State University earn $62,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $19,530 per year.

Academic Score: 77
Tuition: $19,530 per year
Average First Year Salary: $62,800
Acceptance Rate: 82.60%
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Vanderbilt University

College Choice Score: 92.89

Cost of Tuition: $35,850

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Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is located in Nashville, TN, and has 649 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with the following areas of specialization: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Leadership, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Nurse-Midwifery/Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt University accepts 54.50% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 30:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 0% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Vanderbilt University earn $67,900 in their first year of employment and tuition is $35,850 per year.

Academic Score: 84
Tuition: $35,850 per year
Average First Year Salary: $67,900
Acceptance Rate: 54.50%
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Rush University

College Choice Score: 91.92

Cost of Tuition: $29,970

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The Rush University College of Nursing is located in Chicago, IL, and has 393 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Direct Entry Master’s (MSN) for Non-Nurses with a Generalist Entry Master’s With a Focus in Clinical Leadership (GEM) and a RN to MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership. Rush University accepts 54.40% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 9.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 26% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Rush University earn $64,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $29,970 per year.

Academic Score: 79
Tuition: $29,970 per year
Average First Year Salary: $64,700
Acceptance Rate: 54.40%
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University of California—​Los Angeles

College Choice Score: 91.43

Cost of Tuition: $31,823

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University_of_California_Los_Angeles

The University of California—Los Angeles School of Nursing is located in Los Angeles, CA, and has 325 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Masters of Nursing—Masters Entry Clinical Nurse and a Master of Science in Nursing—Advanced Practice with specializations in the following areas: Nursing Administration, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Population, Family Population, and Pediatric Population. University of California—Los Angeles accepts 45.60% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 12:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 22% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of California—Los Angeles earn $64,500 in their first year of employment and tuition is $31,823 per year.

Academic Score: 79
Tuition: $31,823 per year
Average First Year Salary: $64,500
Acceptance Rate: 45.60%
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University of Illinois—​Chicago

College Choice Score: 90.73

Cost of Tuition: $31,678

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University of Illinois

The University of Illinois—Chicago College of Nursing is located in Chicago, IL, and has 640 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Graduate Entry Master of Science Program and a Master of Science in Nursing University of Illinois—Chicago accepts 45.50% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 13:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 0% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Illinois—Chicago earn $59,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $31,678 per year.

Academic Score: 82
Tuition: $31,678 per year
Average First Year Salary: $59,700
Acceptance Rate: 45.50%
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Duke University

College Choice Score: 90.31

Cost of Tuition: $44,850

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Duke_University

The Duke University School of Nursing is located in Durham, NC, and has 491 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Duke University accepts 37.80% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 6.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 20% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Duke University earn $66,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $44,850 per year.

Academic Score: 87
Tuition: $44,850 per year
Average First Year Salary: $66,100
Acceptance Rate: 37.80%
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University of Michigan

College Choice Score: 90.01

Cost of Tuition: $41,130

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university of michigan

The University of Michigan School of Nursing is located in Ann Arbor, MI, and has 288 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Nurse Specialist; Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner; Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Midwife, Nurse Midwife, and Family Nurse Practitioner; and Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, & Effectiveness Science. University of Michigan accepts 68.10% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 17% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Michigan earn $64,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $41,130 per year.

Academic Score: 87
Tuition: $41,130 per year
Average First Year Salary: $64,700
Acceptance Rate: 68.10%
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Yale University

College Choice Score: 89.97

Cost of Tuition: $35,755

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Yale University

The Yale University School of Nursing is located in New Haven, CT, and has 265 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult/Gerontology Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Yale University accepts 27.90% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 13:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 20% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Yale University earn $64,200 in their first year of employment and tuition is $35,755 per year.

Academic Score: 78
Tuition: $35,755 per year
Average First Year Salary: $64,200
Acceptance Rate: 27.90%
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Texas Woman's University

College Choice Score: 89.68

Cost of Tuition: $17,850

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Texas Womans University

The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing is located in Denton, TX, and has 850 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Health Systems Management, Post MS Certificate, RN-MS, and Post Baccalaureate RN-MS. Texas Woman’s University accepts 59.70% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 6.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom N/A are practitioners. On average, graduates of Texas Woman’s University earn $64,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $17,850 per year.

Academic Score: 62
Tuition: $17,850 per year
Average First Year Salary: $64,800
Acceptance Rate: 59.70%
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New York University

College Choice Score: 88.58

Cost of Tuition: $36,192

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New_York_University

The New York University College of Nursing is located in New York, NY, and has 618 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Acute and Primary Care, Advanced Practice Nursing: Mental Health Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics, Nurse-Midwifery, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. New York University accepts 67.60% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 31% are practitioners. On average, graduates of New York University earn $56,300 in their first year of employment and tuition is $36,192 per year.

Academic Score: 87
Tuition: $36,192 per year
Average First Year Salary: $56,300
Acceptance Rate: 67.60%
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University of Pennsylvania

College Choice Score: 88.24

Cost of Tuition: $36,620

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University_of_Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania Penn Nursing Science is located in Philadelphia, PA, and has 536 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The Penn Nursing Science offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Streamlined Post-Masters Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner. University of Pennsylvania accepts 55.30% of those who apply to the Penn Nursing Science, and those accepted enjoy a 8:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 5% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Pennsylvania earn $41,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $36,620 per year.

Academic Score: 100
Tuition: $36,620 per year
Average First Year Salary: $41,700
Acceptance Rate: 55.30%
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University of Rochester

College Choice Score: 87.91

Cost of Tuition: $23,256

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university of rochester

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is located in Rochester, NY, and has 172 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Acute/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Organization Management and Leadership, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Master’s in Nursing Education. University of Rochester accepts 70.70% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 11% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Rochester earn $61,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $23,256 per year.

Academic Score: 68
Tuition: $23,256 per year
Average First Year Salary: $61,100
Acceptance Rate: 70.70%
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University of Maryland—​Baltimore

College Choice Score: 87.88

Cost of Tuition: $35,340

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University-of-Maryland-Baltimore

The University of Maryland—Baltimore School of Nursing is located in Baltimore, MD, and has 719 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing, RN to MSN, and a Master of Clinical Nurse Leadership University of Maryland—Baltimore accepts 52.70% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 17:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 19% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Maryland—Baltimore earn $52,300 in their first year of employment and tuition is $353,40 per year.

Academic Score: 87
Tuition: $35,340 per year
Average First Year Salary: $52,300
Acceptance Rate: 52.70%
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University of Missouri

College Choice Score: 87.76

Cost of Tuition: $12,660

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University of Missouri

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is located in Columbia, MO, and has 59 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The Sinclair School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems, Nurse Educator, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. University of Missouri accepts 83.30% of those who apply to the Sinclair School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 1:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 5% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Missouri earn $53,400 in their first year of employment and tuition is $12,660 per year.

Academic Score: 66
Tuition: $12,660 per year
Average First Year Salary: $53,400
Acceptance Rate: 83.30%
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Columbia University

College Choice Score: 87.19

Cost of Tuition: $40,980

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Columbia_University

The Columbia University School of Nursing is located in New York, NY, and has 441 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Masters Direct Entry Program and Master of Science in Nursing in the following areas: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery Program, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Columbia University accepts 81.60% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 24:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 0% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Columbia University earn $62,200 in their first year of employment and tuition is $40,980 per year.

Academic Score: 84
Tuition: $40,980 per year
Average First Year Salary: $62,200
Acceptance Rate: 81.60%
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University of Pittsburgh

College Choice Score: 87.18

Cost of Tuition: $42,072

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University-of-Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is located in Pittsburgh, PA, and has 189 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nursing Informatics. University of Pittsburgh accepts 30% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 20% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Pittsburgh earn $54,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $42,072 per year.

Academic Score: 88
Tuition: $42,072 per year
Average First Year Salary: $54,100
Acceptance Rate: 30%
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University of Kansas

College Choice Score: 86.87

Cost of Tuition: $14,195

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University of Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Nursing is located in Kansas City, KS, and has 157 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Clinical Research Management, Nursing Informatics, Organizational Leadership, and Public Health Nursing. University of Kansas accepts 100% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 54% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Kansas earn $52,500 in their first year of employment and tuition is $14,195 per year.

Academic Score: 68
Tuition: $14,195 per year
Average First Year Salary: $52,500
Acceptance Rate: 100%
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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

College Choice Score: 86.75

Cost of Tuition: $30,904

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The University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill School of Nursing is located in Chapel Hill, NC, and has 215 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Systems, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill accepts 63.80% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 4:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 14% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill earn $53,300 in their first year of employment and tuition is $30,904 per year.

Academic Score: 80
Tuition: $30,904 per year
Average First Year Salary: $53,300
Acceptance Rate: 63.80%
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University of Washington

College Choice Score: 86.72

Cost of Tuition: $46,875

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University_of_Washington

The University of Washington School of Nursing is located in Seattle, WA, and has 72 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Nursing and Master Science in Nursing University of Washington accepts 80.90% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 1:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 22% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Washington earn $60,900 in their first year of employment and tuition is $46,875 per year.

Academic Score: 90
Tuition: $46,875 per year
Average First Year Salary: $60,900
Acceptance Rate: 80.90%
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University of Colorado

College Choice Score: 86.09

Cost of Tuition: $30,600

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University_of_Colorado_at_Boulder

The University of Colorado College of Nursing is located in Aurora, CO, and has 397 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health, Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Informatics, Nurse-Midwifery, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Special Studies, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, i-LEAD, Veteran and Military Healthcare, and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. University of Colorado accepts 84.50% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 5% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Colorado earn $65,500 in their first year of employment and tuition is $30,600 per year.

Academic Score: 68
Tuition: $30,600 per year
Average First Year Salary: $65,500
Acceptance Rate: 84.50%
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University of Alabama

College Choice Score: 85.36

Cost of Tuition: $9,826

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University of Alabama in Hunstville

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing is located in Tuscaloosa, AL, and has 145 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The Capstone College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Case Management, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Practitioner. University of Alabama accepts 55.60% of those who apply to the Capstone College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 8% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Alabama earn $50,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $9,826 per year.

Academic Score: 58
Tuition: $9,826 per year
Average First Year Salary: $50,100
Acceptance Rate: 55.60%
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Emory University

College Choice Score: 85.34

Cost of Tuition: $40,400

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Emory University

The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is located in Atlanta, GA, and has 219 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care, Pediatric Primary Care, and Women’s Health. Emory University accepts 89.40% of those who apply to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 8:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 16% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Emory University earn $57,000 in their first year of employment and tuition is $40,400 per year.

Academic Score: 85
Tuition: $40,400 per year
Average First Year Salary: $57,000
Acceptance Rate: 89.40%
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California State University—​Los Angeles

College Choice Score: 85.01

Cost of Tuition: $16,538

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California State University ​Los Angeles

The California State University—Los Angeles School of Nursing is located in Los Angeles, CA, and has 178 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Acute/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Education. California State University—Los Angeles accepts 45.70% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 31% are practitioners. On average, graduates of California State University—Los Angeles earn $57,000 in their first year of employment and tuition is $16,538 per year.

Academic Score: 56
Tuition: $16,538 per year
Average First Year Salary: $57,000
Acceptance Rate: 45.70%
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Purdue University

College Choice Score: 84.93

Cost of Tuition: $28,010

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Purdue_University

The Purdue University School of Nursing is located in West Lafayette, IN, and has 38 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Program, and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Purdue University accepts 100% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 15% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Purdue University earn $70,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $28,010 per year.

Academic Score: 59
Tuition: $28,010 per year
Average First Year Salary: $70,700
Acceptance Rate: 100%
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University of Utah

College Choice Score: 84.79

Cost of Tuition: $32,445

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university of utah

The University of Utah College of Nursing is located in Salt Lake City, UT, and has 52 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Care Management, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics. University of Utah accepts 100% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 2:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 23% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Utah earn $61,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $32,445 per year.

Academic Score: 72
Tuition: $32,445 per year
Average First Year Salary: $61,800
Acceptance Rate: 100%
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Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

College Choice Score: 84.79

Cost of Tuition: $32,180

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Pennsylvania_State_University

The Pennsylvania State University—University Park College of Nursing is located in University Park, PA, and has 139 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner option, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner option, and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option Pennsylvania State University—University Park accepts 47.70% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 7.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 0% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Pennsylvania State University—University Park earn $63,300 in their first year of employment and tuition is $32,180 per year.

Academic Score: 65
Tuition: $32,180 per year
Average First Year Salary: $63,300
Acceptance Rate: 47.70%
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University of South Florida

College Choice Score: 84.57

Cost of Tuition: $23,160

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The University of South Florida College of Nursing is located in Tampa, FL, and has 846 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Health Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Education, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing Occupational Health Nursing, and Pediatric Health Nursing. University of South Florida accepts 55.10% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 35% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of South Florida earn $54,500 in their first year of employment and tuition is $23,160 per year.

Academic Score: 65
Tuition: $23,160 per year
Average First Year Salary: $54,500
Acceptance Rate: 55.10%
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Boston College

College Choice Score: 84.22

Cost of Tuition: $25,200

School Website

Boston_College

The Boston College Connell School of Nursing is located in Chestnut Hill, MA, and has 227 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The Connell School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA), Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Boston College accepts 58% of those who apply to the Connell School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 6:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 37% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Boston College earn $54,000 in their first year of employment and tuition is $25,200 per year.

Academic Score: 67
Tuition: $25,200 per year
Average First Year Salary: $54,000
Acceptance Rate: 58%
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

College Choice Score: 84.18

Cost of Tuition: $32,430

School Website

Rutgers__The_State_University_of_New_JerseyNew_Brunswick

The Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Nursing is located in Newark, NJ, and has 554 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Informatics, Clinical Leadership, and Nursing Leadership. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey accepts 44.50% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 7:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 61% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey earn $51,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $32,430 per year.

Academic Score: 75
Tuition: $32,430 per year
Average First Year Salary: $51,800
Acceptance Rate: 44.50%
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Virginia Commonwealth University

College Choice Score: 83.99

Cost of Tuition: $21,091

School Website

Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing is located in Richmond, VA, and has 226 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, Family nurse practitioner, Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, and Nursing administration and leadership. Virginia Commonwealth University accepts 45.60% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 6:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 34% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University earn $48,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $21,091 per year.

Academic Score: 67
Tuition: $21,091 per year
Average First Year Salary: $48,100
Acceptance Rate: 45.60%
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University of Cincinnati

College Choice Score: 83.81

Cost of Tuition: $27,156

School Website

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is located in Cincinnati, OH, and has 1,572 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gero Acute Care NP, Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Family NP, Neonatal NP Hybrid, Occupational Health, Nurse Midwifery, and Women’s Health. University of Cincinnati accepts 45.10% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 38:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 0% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Cincinnati earn $60,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $27,156 per year.

Academic Score: 60
Tuition: $27,156 per year
Average First Year Salary: $60,700
Acceptance Rate: 45.10%
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Villanova University

College Choice Score: 83.73

Cost of Tuition: $24,360

School Website

Villanova_University

The Villanova University College of Nursing is located in Villanova, PA, and has 221 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nursing Education. Villanova University accepts 76.90% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 64% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Villanova University earn $62,900 in their first year of employment and tuition is $24,360 per year.

Academic Score: 58
Tuition: $24,360 per year
Average First Year Salary: $62,900
Acceptance Rate: 76.90%
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George Mason University

College Choice Score: 83.29

Cost of Tuition: $35,970

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George Mason University

The George Mason University School of Nursing is located in Fairfax, VA, and has 138 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration, and Nurse Practitioner. George Mason University accepts 43.40% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 8:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 38% are practitioners. On average, graduates of George Mason University earn $62,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $35,970 per year.

Academic Score: 66
Tuition: $35,970 per year
Average First Year Salary: $62,100
Acceptance Rate: 43.40%
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University of California—​Davis

College Choice Score: 83.27

Cost of Tuition: $31,823

School Website

University_of_California__Davis

The University of California—Davis The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is located in Sacramento, CA, and has 52 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing offers a Master of Science—Leadership Track Degree Program, Master of Science—Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Dual-Track Program, and Master’s Entry Program in Nursing. University of California—Davis accepts 54.30% of those who apply to the The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 6:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 0% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of California—Davis earn $62,000 in their first year of employment and tuition is $31,823 per year.

Academic Score: 63
Tuition: $31,823 per year
Average First Year Salary: $62,000
Acceptance Rate: 54.30%
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Marquette University

College Choice Score: 83.22

Cost of Tuition: $30,750

School Website

Marquette_University

The Marquette University College of Nursing is located in , and has 297 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a RN direct-entry MSN, Direct-entry MSN for non-nursing majors, and Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult—Older Adult Acute Care, Adult—Older Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatrics Primary Care, Pediatrics Acute Care, Nurse-Midwifery, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Systems Leadership & Healthcare Quality Marquette University accepts 62.10% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 8:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 26% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Marquette University earn $63,600 in their first year of employment and tuition is $30,750 per year.

Academic Score: 61
Tuition: $30,750 per year
Average First Year Salary: $63,600
Acceptance Rate: 62.10%
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South Dakota State University

College Choice Score: 82.71

Cost of Tuition: $16,770

School Website

South Dakota State University

The South Dakota State University College of Nursing is located in Brookings, SD, and has 61 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Clinical Nursing Leadership, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner. South Dakota State University accepts 85.20% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 7:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 67% are practitioners. On average, graduates of South Dakota State University earn $52,700 in their first year of employment and tuition is $16,770 per year.

Academic Score: 59
Tuition: $16,770 per year
Average First Year Salary: $52,700
Acceptance Rate: 85.20%
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CUNY—​Hunter College

College Choice Score: 82.49

Cost of Tuition: $17,840

School Website

Hunter College CUNY

The CUNY—Hunter College Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is located in New York, NY, and has 533 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Public Health Nursing, Advanced Public Nursing & Urban Public Health (MS/MPH Dual Degree), Gerontological/Adult Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration/Public Administration (MS/MPA Dual Degree), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. CUNY—Hunter College accepts 38.70% of those who apply to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 50% are practitioners. On average, graduates of CUNY—Hunter College earn $49,600 in their first year of employment and tuition is $17,840 per year.

Academic Score: 58
Tuition: $17,840 per year
Average First Year Salary: $49,600
Acceptance Rate: 38.70%
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Indiana University-​Purdue University—​Indianapolis

College Choice Score: 82.31

Cost of Tuition: $42,630

School Website

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

The Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis School of Nursing is located in Indianapolis, IN, and has 331 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a RN to MSN and Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Lifespan, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner—Primary Care, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems, and Nursing Education. Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis accepts 61.10% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 51% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis earn $55,200 in their first year of employment and tuition is $42,630 per year.

Academic Score: 79
Tuition: $42,630 per year
Average First Year Salary: $55,200
Acceptance Rate: 61.10%
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University of Wisconsin—​Milwaukee

College Choice Score: 81.56

Cost of Tuition: $24,152

School Website

University of Wisconsin—​Milwaukee2

The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee College of Nursing is located in Milwaukee, WI, and has 91 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a RN to MSN, MS Direct Entry, and Master of Science in Nursing. University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee accepts 70.60% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 3.5:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 15% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee earn $52,900 in their first year of employment and tuition is $24,152 per year.

Academic Score: 62
Tuition: $24,152 per year
Average First Year Salary: $52,900
Acceptance Rate: 70.60%
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George Washington University

College Choice Score: 81.45

Cost of Tuition: $27,600

School Website

George Washington University

The George Washington University School of Nursing is located in Washington, DC, and has 410 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Quality, Nursing Leadership and Management, and Nurse-Midwifery. George Washington University accepts 71.70% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 7:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 13% are practitioners. On average, graduates of George Washington University earn $59,200 in their first year of employment and tuition is $27,600 per year.

Academic Score: 59
Tuition: $27,600 per year
Average First Year Salary: $59,200
Acceptance Rate: 71.70%
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University of Connecticut

College Choice Score: 81.03

Cost of Tuition: $31,674

School Website

University_of_Connecticut

The University of Connecticut School of Nursing is located in Storrs, CT, and has 140 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner / Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Clinical Nurse Leader. University of Connecticut accepts 67% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 4:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 26% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Connecticut earn $57,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $31,674 per year.

Academic Score: 63
Tuition: $31,674 per year
Average First Year Salary: $57,800
Acceptance Rate: 67%
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Washington State University

College Choice Score: 80.93

Cost of Tuition: $32,778

School Website

Washington_State_University

The Washington State University College of Nursing is located in Pullman, WA, and has 50 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing offers a MN-Nurse Leader, MN-Nurse Educator, MN-Individualized Study, RN-MN, and Master of Health Policy & Administration. Washington State University accepts 58.30% of those who apply to the College of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 1:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 20% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Washington State University earn $57,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $32,778 per year.

Academic Score: 63
Tuition: $32,778 per year
Average First Year Salary: $57,800
Acceptance Rate: 58.30%
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Florida International University

College Choice Score: 80.63

Cost of Tuition: $24,873

School Website

Florida International University

The Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences is located in Miami, FL, and has 358 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Advanced Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Child Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Nurse Administration. Florida International University accepts 37.40% of those who apply to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and those accepted enjoy a 36:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 22% are practitioners. On average, graduates of Florida International University earn $50,100 in their first year of employment and tuition is $24,873 per year.

Academic Score: 60
Tuition: $24,873 per year
Average First Year Salary: $50,100
Acceptance Rate: 37.40%
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University of Louisville

College Choice Score: 80.25

Cost of Tuition: $23,568

School Website

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville School of Nursing is located in Louisville, KY, and has 108 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The School of Nursing offers a Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing University of Louisville accepts 46.60% of those who apply to the School of Nursing, and those accepted enjoy a 4:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 24% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Louisville earn $52,800 in their first year of employment and tuition is $23,568 per year.

Academic Score: 56
Tuition: $23,568 per year
Average First Year Salary: $52,800
Acceptance Rate: 46.60%
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University of Massachusetts—​Boston

College Choice Score: 79.96

Cost of Tuition: $29,112

School Website

University of Massachusetts-Boston

The University of Massachusetts—Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences is located in Boston, MA, and has 176 students enrolled in its nursing programs. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Master of Science in Nursing with specializations in Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. University of Massachusetts—Boston accepts 60% of those who apply to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and those accepted enjoy a 4:1 student/faculty ratio and receive instruction from a faculty of whom 24% are practitioners. On average, graduates of University of Massachusetts—Boston earn $51,000 in their first year of employment and tuition is $29,112 per year.

Academic Score: 64
Tuition: $29,112 per year
Average First Year Salary: $51,000
Acceptance Rate: 60%
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