1) I don't think there is an absolute answer to the question, ADN or BSN...which is better? A lot of it is based on your situation (time, money, location, acceptance, preference, opinion...etc). With my situation, I applied to multiple CCs & CSUs. I was rejected by all CCs (merit & lottery based) but accepted into multiple CSUs (all merit based). So the decision was made for me. I plan to attend graduate school later so as an added bonus, I'm able to obtain a BSN in 2 years at my school when it usually takes the same amount of time to obtain an ADN. So BSN route is working out for me.
2) It's sort of hard to say which school is better. It might be better to compare cost of attendance, NCLEX pass rates, ask current students about their experience at each school...etc. Unless a person attended multiple nursing programs
, otherwise I don't think it's valid to compare based on "he say she say". Comparisons like such are probably subjective & biased. Other factors might be involved as well. For example, my school is affiliated with a major medical center in the area. Most of our instructors are employees there (CNS, NP, educator, CCRN...etc) and we do most of our clinical rotations there as well. So in some ways, it's like we're being trained to work there after graduation. In fact, they do offer contracts with stipend to students that qualify. So if you would like to work at this medical center, my school is probably the best for you.
But in the end, my school is the best!! J/K