For our 2021 rankings of prelicensure BSN 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 bachelor’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 Georgia Board of Nursing and 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 Georgia’s prelicensure BSN programs accordingly.

#1: Georgia College
231 West Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
https://www.gcsu.edu

96.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 98 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#2: Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
https://www.kennesaw.edu

95.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 197 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#3: Georgia Gwinnett College
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
https://www.ggc.edu

94.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 50 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2016 through 2020


#4: Piedmont University
165 Central Avenue
Demorest, GA 30535
https://www.piedmont.edu

93.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 55 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#5: College of Coastal Georgia
One College Drive
Brunswick, GA 31520
https://www.ccga.edu

93.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#6: Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
https://www.mercer.edu

92.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 143 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#7: Emory University
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
https://www.emory.edu

91.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 201 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#8: Gordon State College
419 College Drive
Barnesville, GA 30204
https://www.gordonstate.edu

90.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 27 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#9: University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597
https://www.ung.edu

90.6% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 145 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#10: Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
https://www.gsw.edu

90.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 44 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#11: Georgia State University
33 Gilmer Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
https://www.gsu.edu

89.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 130 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#12: LaGrange College
601 Broad Street
LaGrange, GA 30240
https://www.lagrange.edu

89.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#13: Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, GA 30149
https://www.berry.edu

89.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#14: Middle Georgia State University
100 University Parkway
Macon, GA 31206
https://www.mga.edu

89.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 85 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#15: Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260
https://www.clayton.edu

88.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 89 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#16: Wesleyan College
4760 Forsyth Road
Macon, GA 31210
https://www.wesleyancollege.edu

88.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 27 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#17: Augusta University
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
https://www.augusta.edu

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 173 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#18: University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
https://www.westga.edu

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 105 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#19: Chamberlain University - Atlanta
5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite A100
Atlanta, GA 30342
https://www.chamberlain.edu

87.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 233 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#20: Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
https://www.columbusstate.edu

86.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 83 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#21: Valdosta State University
1500 North Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
https://www.valdosta.edu

86.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 92 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#22: Georgia Southern University
2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460
https://www.georgiasouthern.edu

85.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 260 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#23: Albany State University
504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705
https://www.asurams.edu

85.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 11 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#24: Brenau University
500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
https://www.brenau.edu

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 77 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#25: Shorter University
315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
https://www.shorter.edu

73.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 31 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2012 through 2020


#26: Toccoa Falls College
107 Kincaid Drive
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598
https://www.tfc.edu

66.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 17 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#27: Herzing University - Atlanta
3393 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
https://www.herzing.edu

66.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 31 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#28: Truett McConnell University
100 Alumni Drive
Cleveland, GA 30528
https://www.truett.edu

57.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020