Skip to main content

For the Second Year in a Row, US News & World Report Ranks Penn Nursing BSN Program # 1 in the Nation

Penn Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing is again the number one undergraduate nursing program in the nation according to the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

“Preparing extraordinary students to be the next generation of innovative nursing leaders is what University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is all about,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel. “I am very proud that our School was again ranked as the #1 BSN degree program in the country in the inaugural rankings last year—and I am humbled that Penn Nursing has achieved that rank for the second consecutive year. Continuing our legacy of leadership in pursuit of health equity and social justice for patients, families, and communities is how we arrive at a healthier, more equitable future. It is possible, and Penn Nursing is the force that fuels the possibilities.”

These rankings are based solely on the judgement of deans and senior faculty members of nursing schools and departments at institutions across the country. To have received the survey and be ranked, an institution’s nursing school or department that offers the BSN degree must be accredited at the bachelor’s degree level by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and be a regionally accredited institution that awarded at least 40 BSN degrees according to 2019-2020 data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each of the 681 programs that met the criteria in the spring and summer of 2022. Survey respondents 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). Respondents who were unfamiliar with a particular program were asked to select “don’t know.”