Quote from Alalfrey92
That is a great point that you bring up, I really hadn't thought about that before! Would you have to contact the schools itself to find out that info? I don't know how willing they would be to give it out, since they probably aren't too happy that they have lost students from the program..
It can be difficult information to find out. I recommend asking, "How many students do you accept into the program each year?" ... and then at a different time, "How many students graduated from the program over the last few years? How big is your program?" If you get an estimate of how many start the program and how many finish, that gives you a clue.
I also recommend talking to some recent graduates to ask them how many students either dropped out or flunked out of the program that started with them.
A lot of students don't think to ask these kinds of questions. They only look at that pass rate -- which can be manipulated by a school who flunks out students late in the program who look like they might not pass the NCLEX. In fact, at least one state is considering posting the student retention rate online along with the NCLEX passing rate so that prospective students can get a clear picture of the whole situation.
Not being in New Jersey, I don't have any specific information on those particular schools. But I commend you on doing your research before making such a big investment and wish you the best of luck wherever you decide to go.