Berea College’s Nursing Program Ranked #5 by Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by

Berea College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been ranked #5 on the list of the Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by Competing with prestigious programs such as the Ohio State University, UCLA, Rutgers, and Purdue, Berea’s nursing program was ranked fifth with an average score of 96.5%.

This ranking seems especially significant, based as it is on student success, affordability, and reputation.  I am so proud of our nursing program and all the caring and committed alumni it has produced over many decades.  I am also grateful to our faculty and staff for all of their commitment to Berea College students and to continuous improvement,” said Dean Chad Berry.

Selection of schools and ranking is based on several factors including: 1) Schools at which students are most likely to succeed as determined by the graduation rates of students who start the program, 2) Programs that will leave students with the least debt, and 3) Programs that are respected and academically sound as defined by admission selectivity.

Nursing students at work and reviews statistics provided by the National Center for Education Statistics which is part of the U.S. Department of Education and only considers schools that are fully accredited by the nationally recognized Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In keeping with the aims and commitments of Berea College, the mission of the nursing program is to prepare students with great promise and limited economic resources for the practice of professional nursing in a variety of health care settings and to provide a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Berea College Nursing Program

“To receive such national recognition as a small private college is truly an honor,” said Dr. Monica Kennison, Susan V. Clayton Chair of Nursing and Professor. “We hope it prompts students interested in nursing to apply to Berea College where we provide a Tuition Promise Scholarship, have a first time NCLEX-RN pass rate of 100% and 91% for the past two years, and proudly serve students of great promise with limited economic resources.”

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About Berea College:

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 60 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition.  Berea is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing, and meals.  The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth” (Acts 17:26), speaks to its inclusive Christian character.