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KU undergraduate nursing program rises to No. 17 in the nation among public schools in U.S. News rankings

KU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program also ranked 23rd among all schools in the 2024 “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

Nursing students and faculty working together in a clinical simulation space
KU School of Nursing’s undergraduate program placed in the top 25 for all accredited baccalaureate programs in the country ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Kansas School of Nursing rose five spots to No. 17 for all public schools in the country in the 2024 “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. Last year, the program claimed the No. 22 spot for public colleges and universities.

KU’s undergraduate nursing program also placed in the top 25 of the 656 undergraduate programs total (both public and private) that were ranked. KU tied for the No. 23 spot, rising six spots from its No. 29 ranking released last year.

“The rise in our rankings reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” said Sally Maliski, Ph.D., FAAN, dean of KU School of Nursing. “We are committed to providing the best education possible to produce nurses educated at the baccalaureate level. We also are committed to helping address the nursing shortage in Kansas as well as throughout the country.” 

The KU School of Nursing bachelor’s program also was the top-ranked such program in the state of Kansas. The school has campuses in Salina, Kansas, and Kansas City, Kansas, as well as partnership programs with eight community colleges in Kansas.

In May, when U.S. News & World Report released graduate program rankings, KU School of Nursing’s Nursing-Midwifery program placed No. 11 among public universities.

U.S. News and World Report has provided college rankings yearly since 1983, but this is just the third year it has ranked undergraduate nursing programs.

The rankings were determined by the average of scores received from surveys of top faculty and administrators at nursing schools or departments that have bachelor’s-level accreditation by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. In addition, these regionally accredited institutions must have recently awarded at least 40 BSN degrees.

For more on the undergraduate rankings, released Sept. 18, 2023, visit

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