Much of the allure of the Hunter program comes from it's marriage to the legendary "Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing".
Yes, it is a demanding and highly regarded nursing program, but so are many others both in NYC and around the country. What really matters is now well the school prepares one to take and pass the boards (NCLEX passing rate), and lays the foundations of nursing education. Much, much more nursing knowledge is learned in the years after graduation than can be packed into several years at school.
HB also is the only CUNY undergraduate BSN nursing program in Manhattan (read affordable), and IIRC the only one in the entire system aside from Lehman in the Bronx since City College shut down their program years ago.
Unlike some other nursing programs
, HB students must compete with many other health science majors (pre-med, pharmacy,...) for required science and other classes. This means one has to be on top of one's game to not only get into the classes needed, but stay there as well.
Going to NYU will costs tens of thousands more than a BSN from HB, but does it give you any sort of "edge"? Feedback from the field seems to make it highly unlikely. What probably does matter (and even then), is where one does clinicals/internships/externships and how much of a "go getter" you are to make an impression on nurse managers, or whomever is does the hiring. Oh yes, with NYU one has that beautiful campus (which now pretty much covers much of lower Manhattan from 14th Street to the Financial District), and the ability to take classes all over the world, from Europe to the Middle East. Again, that *may* increase the amount and type of contacts one makes, and makes for a more enriching educational experience, but will it make one a better nurse?
For the record many of the most famous nursing programs, whose graduates were sought after all across the USA came from now defunct hospital programs. St. Vincent's in the Village, Flower and Fifth Hospital, Mount Sinai, to name a few.
As for the poster moving to NYC from down south. Once you are a resident of NYC it won't matter in terms of admission and tuition. You will just need to work on having your credits transferred. Personally I'd take any science and perhaps a few others where you are and transfer the credits. You probably will pay much less per credit than here in NY, and perhaps have less of a "crowd" to contend with. Just make sure the content is the same for transfer purposes. That is if a chem class requires lab, and so forth.