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 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 prelicensure BSN programs accordingly.

#1: Pace University - Westchester
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
https://www.pace.edu

97.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 21 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#2: University at Buffalo
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
https://www.buffalo.edu

97.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 39 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2017 through 2020


#3: Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
https://www.farmingdale.edu

94.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 32 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#4: Iona College
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
https://www.iona.edu

93.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (includes historical data for Concordia College New York)
Average of 47 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#5: St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
https://www.sjfc.edu

92.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 155 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#6: Stony Brook University
310 Administration Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794
https://www.stonybrook.edu

92.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 143 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#7: University of Rochester
500 Joseph C Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14627
https://www.rochester.edu

92.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 183 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#8: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
https://www.downstate.edu

91.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 63 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#9: University at Buffalo
12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
https://www.buffalo.edu

90.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 105 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#10: SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
https://www.plattsburgh.edu

90.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 46 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#11: Pace University - Westchester
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
https://www.pace.edu

90.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 115 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#12: Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502
https://www.utica.edu

90.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 73 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#13: Wagner College
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
https://www.wagner.edu

89.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 91 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#14: SUNY Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
https://www.brockport.edu

88.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 92 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#15: New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
https://www.nyu.edu

88.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 13 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#16: York College
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11451
https://www.york.cuny.edu

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 28 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#17: Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
https://www.hunter.cuny.edu

88.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 115 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#18: New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
https://www.nyu.edu

87.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 402 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#19: Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
https://www.msmc.edu

85.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 124 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#20: Hartwick College
One Hartwick Drive
Oneonta, NY 13820
https://www.hartwick.edu

85.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 42 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#21: Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
https://www.binghamton.edu

85.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 169 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#22: Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11571
https://www.molloy.edu

85.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 314 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#23: Phillips School of Nursing
148 East 126th Street
New York, NY 10035
https://www.mountsinai.org/locations/beth-israel/pson

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 35 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2018 through 2020


#24: Pace University - New York City
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
https://www.pace.edu

83.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 26 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


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

82.1% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 7 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#26: Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
https://www.naz.edu

81.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 43 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#27: Russell Sage College
65 First Street
Troy, NY 12180
https://www.sage.edu

81.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 67 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#28: Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
https://www.lehman.cuny.edu

81.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 86 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#29: Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
https://www.roberts.edu

80.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 44 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#30: Touro College
902 Quentin Road, Third Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11223
https://shs.touro.edu

80.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 6 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2014 through 2020


#31: Elmira College
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
https://www.elmira.edu

79.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 46 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#32: D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
https://www.dyc.edu

78.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 133 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#33: Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502
https://www.utica.edu

78.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 45 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#34: Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara University, NY 14109
https://www.niagara.edu

78.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 18 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#35: Adelphi University
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
https://www.adelphi.edu

78.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 320 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#36: Nyack College
One South Boulevard
Nyack, NY 10960
https://www.nyack.edu

77.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 19 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2013 through 2020


#37: St. Joseph's College - Long Island
155 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, NY 11772
https://www.sjcny.edu

77.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020


#38: LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
https://www.liu.edu/brooklyn

76.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 228 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#39: New York Institute of Technology
Two Northern Boulevard
Old Westbury, NY 11568
https://www.nyit.edu

76.8% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 41 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#40: Touro College
902 Quentin Road, Third Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11223
https://shs.touro.edu

74.2% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 5 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#41: Dominican College
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
https://www.dc.edu

74.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 84 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#42: Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
https://www.mercy.edu

71.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 154 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#43: St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
https://www.sjcny.edu

69.9% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 18 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2017 through 2020


#44: Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara University, NY 14109
https://www.niagara.edu

67.0% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 36 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#45: College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
https://www.mountsaintvincent.edu

66.7% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 143 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2011 through 2020


#46: Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
https://www.mercy.edu

58.5% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing
Average of 52 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2016 through 2020


#47: Niagara University
5795 Lewiston Road
Niagara University, NY 14109
https://www.niagara.edu

56.4% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Average of 7 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2015 through 2020


#48: St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
https://www.sfc.edu

55.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 35 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2017 through 2020


#49: LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
https://www.liu.edu/post

53.3% first-time NCLEX pass rate
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Average of 45 students graduated per year
Data analyzed from 2019 through 2020