For our 2021 rankings of ADN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Aspiring registered nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-RN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of associate’s degree programs.

We used our database to calculate each program’s NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers. This is the standard program assessment metric reported by the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions, as well as by the test’s administrator, Pearson Vue. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past decade of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of New York’s ADN programs accordingly.

#1: Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021
https://www.cayuga-cc.edu

98.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#2: Clinton Community College
136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
https://www.clinton.edu

96.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#3: Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
https://www.sunyjefferson.edu

95.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 33 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#4: SUNY Erie - City
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
https://www.ecc.edu

93.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#5: Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
https://www.sunywcc.edu

93.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 49 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#6: Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
1300 Massachusetts Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
https://www.sphp.com/careers/schools-of-nursing/samaritan-hospital-school-of-nursing

93.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 52 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#7: SUNY Orange - Middletown
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
https://www.sunyorange.edu

93.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Evening)
Average of 9 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#8: SUNY Orange - Newburgh
One Washington Center
Newburgh, NY 12550
https://www.sunyorange.edu

93.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 38 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2016 through 2020


#9: St. Joseph's College of Nursing
206 Prospect Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13203
https://www.sjhcon.edu

92.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 129 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#10: St. Peter's Hospital College of Nursing
714 New Scotland Avenue, Room 111
Albany, NY 12208
https://www.sphp.com/careers/schools-of-nursing/st-peters-hospital-college-of-nursing

92.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#11: Onondaga Community College
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
https://www.sunyocc.edu

92.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 51 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#12: Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
https://www.monroecc.edu

92.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 122 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#13: Rockland Community College
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901
https://www.sunyrockland.edu

92.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 84 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#14: Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
https://www.hvcc.edu

91.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 83 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#15: Tompkins Cortland Community College
170 North Street
Dryden, NY 13053
https://www.tompkinscortland.edu

91.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 58 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#16: SUNY Orange - Middletown
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
https://www.sunyorange.edu

91.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing (Daytime)
Average of 59 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#17: Fulton-Montgomery Community College
2805 State Highway 67
Johnstown, NY 12095
https://www.fmcc.edu

91.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#18: Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
https://www.qcc.cuny.edu

91.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 100 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#19: Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020
https://www.genesee.edu

90.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 122 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#20: New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
https://www.citytech.cuny.edu

90.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 84 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#21: Maria College
700 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
https://www.mariacollege.edu

89.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 105 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#22: SUNY Adirondack
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
https://www.sunyacc.edu

89.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 87 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#23: Pomeroy College of Nursing
736 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
https://www.crouse.org/nursing

89.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 103 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#24: St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
2215 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
https://www.secon.edu

89.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 80 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#25: Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
https://www.sunyjcc.edu

88.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 94 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#26: Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132
https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu

88.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 102 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#27: SUNY Erie - North
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
https://www.ecc.edu

88.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 64 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#28: Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
https://www.sunydutchess.edu

88.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 68 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#29: LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
https://www.laguardia.edu

87.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 100 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#30: Belanger School of Nursing
650 McClellan Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
https://www.ellismedicine.org/school-of-nursing

86.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate of Science in Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#31: SUNY Delhi
Two Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
https://www.delhi.edu

86.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Nursing Dual Degree
Average of 9 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2019


#32: Columbia-Greene Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534
https://www.sunycgcc.edu

86.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 53 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#33: Nassau Community College
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
https://www.ncc.edu

86.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 138 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#34: Finger Lakes Community College
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
https://www.flcc.edu

86.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 62 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#35: Arnot Ogden Medical Center School of Nursing
600 Roe Avenue
Elmira, NY 14905
https://www.arnothealthson.org

85.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 12 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#36: SUNY Ulster
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
https://www.sunyulster.edu

85.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 40 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#37: SUNY Corning Community College
One Academic Drive
Corning, NY 14830
https://www.corning-cc.edu

84.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 61 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#38: Suffolk County Community College - Selden
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784
https://www.sunysuffolk.edu

83.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 155 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#39: Montefiore School of Nursing
53 Valentine Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
https://www.montefiorehealthsystem.org/schoolofnursing

82.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#40: College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
https://www.csi.cuny.edu

82.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 116 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#41: North Country Community College - Malone
75 William Street
Malone, NY 12953
https://www.nccc.edu

82.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 23 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2020 through 2020


#42: Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu

82.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 142 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#43: SUNY Delhi
Two Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753
https://www.delhi.edu

82.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#44: SUNY Morrisville
80 Eaton Street
Morrisville, NY 13408
https://www.morrisville.edu

81.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 75 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#45: Cochran School of Nursing
967 North Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
https://www.cochranschoolofnursing.us

81.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#46: Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
https://www.bcc.cuny.edu

81.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 35 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#47: Alfred State College
Ten Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
https://www.alfredstate.edu

81.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 54 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#48: Suffolk County Community College - Brentwood
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717
https://www.sunysuffolk.edu

80.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 101 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#49: Hostos Community College
475 Grand Concourse, Suite 307
Bronx, NY 10451
https://www.hostos.cuny.edu

80.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 48 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#50: Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235
https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu

79.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 126 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#51: Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences
196 North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
https://flhcon.edu

78.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 49 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#52: Excelsior College
Seven Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
https://www.excelsior.edu

78.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 945 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#53: North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
23 Santanoni Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
https://www.nccc.edu

78.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#54: SUNY Broome
907 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
https://www.sunybroome.edu

77.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 73 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#55: Monroe College
2501 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
https://www.monroecollege.edu

77.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Average of 37 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#56: Helene Fuld College of Nursing
24 East 120th Street
New York, NY 10035
https://www.helenefuld.edu

76.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 194 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#57: Trocaire College
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220
https://www.trocaire.edu

74.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 209 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#58: Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
https://www.mvcc.edu

73.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 67 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#59: Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
https://www.mec.cuny.edu

70.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 48 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#60: Saint Paul's School of Nursing - Queens
97-77 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374
https://www.stpaulsschoolofnursing.edu

70.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 142 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#61: SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
https://www.canton.edu

69.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 77 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#62: SUNY Sullivan
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
https://www.sunysullivan.edu

69.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#63: North Country Community College - Ticonderoga
11 Hawkeye Trail
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
https://www.nccc.edu

67.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 12 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2012 through 2020


#64: Belanger School of Nursing
650 McClellan Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
https://www.ellismedicine.org/school-of-nursing

66.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Dual Degree Nursing Program
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2020 through 2020


#65: Saint Paul's School of Nursing - Staten Island
Two Teleport Drive, Suite 203
Staten Island, NY 10311
https://www.stpaulsschoolofnursing.edu

63.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 144 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#66: SUNY Morrisville - Norwich
20 Conkey Avenue
Norwich, NY 13815
https://www.morrisville.edu

61.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#67: Swedish Institute
151 West 26th Street, Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10001
https://www.swedishinstitute.edu

60.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#68: ASA College
151 Lawrence Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
https://www.asa.edu

53.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Average of 37 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020