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US News & World Report Ranks Penn Nursing BSN Program # 1 in the Nation

Penn Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the number one undergraduate nursing program in the nation according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. What makes this designation even more special is that this is the first year the national magazine has ranked undergraduate nursing programs and Penn Nursing takes the top spot.

“The world is changing fast and challenges to health and well-being, new discoveries, technologies, and opportunities demand nurses who are able to address these multiple issues. Penn Nursing’s BSN degree program ensures that our students can lead the way to innovative and equitable health care solutions, no matter what the future holds,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel. “I am proud that University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has been ranked as the #1 undergraduate nursing program in the country. With our outstanding University environment, expert faculty, access to some of the finest institutions in the world, our students are prepared to be the future of health care –revolutionary nurses, bold leaders, and science-driven researchers and practitioners.”

This year, U.S. News & World Report is publishing its first-ever undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rankings. The rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members of nursing schools and departments at institutions around the country. To have received the survey and be ranked, an institution’s nursing school or department that offers the BSN degree must have met both of these criteria:

  • Be accredited at the bachelor’s level by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
  • Be a regionally accredited institution that awarded at least 35 BSN degrees, according to 2018-2019 data from the IPEDS Data Center.

In the spring and summer of 2021, U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each of the 694 undergraduate BSN degree-granting nursing programs that met the above criteria. All 694 were ranked. These deans and faculty members were asked to rate the academic quality of peer institutions’ BSN programs on a 5-point scale: outstanding (5), strong (4), good (3), adequate (2) or marginal (1).