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Rivier University ranks in top 100 nursing schools nationally

Rivier’s excellence in nursing education is recognized with top national and regional rankings.

Top 100 Nursing SchoolsFollowing a comprehensive evaluation of more than 3,000 nursing schools across the nation, Nursing Schools Almanac has ranked Rivier University as a top 100 school. In rankings across four categories, Rivier earned top rankings both nationally and regionally, and placed as the #1 private nursing school in New Hampshire.

“The achievement of these top national and regional rankings reflects the commitment and vision of the academic leadership and faculty of the Division of Nursing and Health Professions,” states Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “Rivier’s scope of nursing programs from associate degree to doctoral degree is unique and allows Rivier to leverage clinical experiences and employment relationships throughout the region. The University has graduated more nurses than any other institution in New Hampshire, while maintaining the highest standards for nurse preparation. ”

Nursing Schools Almanac assessed schools on three critical dimensions: academic prestige and perceived value, breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination. Rivier students’ have achieved an aggregate NCLEX pass rate of 99% over the past three years.

Academic prestige and perceived value scores were based on several quantitative measures including graduates’ ability to repay their student debt in a timely manner; professional designations; the award of grant funding for nursing research from the National Institutes of Health; and each school’s number of years in operation, particularly at the graduate nursing education level.

“We are honored by these top rankings for excellence in nursing education,” says Dr. Paula Williams, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health Professions. “Consistently, Rivier-educated nurses are hired and recognized for their strong clinical skills, compassionate care, and dedication to lifelong learning for improved patient outcomes. Throughout the pandemic, Rivier nurses have been working tirelessly on the front lines, protecting and serving their communities.”

Rivier offers on-campus and online nursing degrees from the associate to the doctoral level, and all programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For complete information, view the University’s expansive nursing program offerings.

Prospective students can contact the Office of Admissions at or or (603) 897-8507 to learn more and receive application and financial aid assistance. High schools students and their families are invited to schedule an in-person campus tour and interview.