How Nursing Schools are Ranked in the US
Organizations and individuals have been ranking nursing schools for years. In the US, a whole industry has arisen focused on the ranking of universities and colleges, including undergraduate nursing schools. Publications and organizations such as US News & World Report, The Princeton Review and The Washington Monthly regularly publish general and specialty rankings designed to identify the "best" graduate and undergraduate schools and programs according to quality and value. National Institutes of Health publishes reports that effectively rank schools according to research funding received. Individual programs may also be ranked by smaller, independent publications (such as StudentsReview, Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges, Community College Week) or on the global stage, such as in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) based in Shanghai, China.
However, you should never judge based on rankings alone. Nursing school rankings are important, but there may be other factors that need to be taken into consideration. Schools that are less prominent may have a program that might suit your needs better than any nationally ranked schools. Lesser known regional universities and colleges may also be a wise choice if you wish to remain close to home during your studies. Often times, these schools may have the strongest relationships with local companies and employers. Once you have accumulated this information, you could be able to create your own nursing school rankings.
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