I also looked at similar things as hopefulnurse24.
1. Location. I don't really want to live in the South or Midwest so I mostly looked at schools on both coasts. I also prefer big cities (because I want to work in the PICU) so a lot of my schools are in Boston or Chicago
2. Prerequisites accepted. I did not want to spend more money on more prerequisites so I looked for schools that didn't require pharmacology or pathophysiology before matriculating. So basically schools that accepted the prerequisites I already have
3. Clinical hours and NCLEX pass rates. Pretty obvious. I think it's really cool that UVA has over 1,000 clinical hours and it's a 1:1 ratio (instead of 8:1 or 10:1)
4. Whether or not you get a BSN with the program. Some just give you an RN and an MSN but I'd prefer to have the BSN and MSN just in case something happens and I can't finish
5. Speciality. I have a very specific speciality
I want to go into so it would be nice to do it direct-entry, but I care about those other things more so I could also do my speciality post-masters and just do pediatrics direct-entry
6. I wanted to have a few reach schools and some "safeties" (although it's so scary applying I don't think any school is really a safety)
7. Reputation. As much as I hate to admit it...if I got into Yale or Johns Hopkins I would definitely go for the name alone even though it technically doesn't really matter where you go, I wouldn't mind having those schools on my resume.
I also am applying to some ABSN programs too just in case I don't get into any direct-entry programs. I am kind of paranoid about that