The other posters are correct -- the "rankings" of nursing schools (and other schools) in sources like US News & World Report
are, for a variety of reasons, highly arbitrary and generally do not reflect at all
the quality of the teaching and clinical experiences offered, satisfaction of graduates of the programs, etc -- all the things that would actually matter
to a prospective student ...
I would advise you to take all those published "rankings" with a grain of salt (if not just ignore them!
) Ask around -- NPs you know and respect, faculty at nearby nursings schools, etc. -- about what programs people in the field know of and think highly of, and then visit those schools and see which one feels like the best "fit" to you
. There are so many variables (on the part of both the school and the student) that the best program for you would not necessarily be a good program for me, and vice versa.
Also, don't feel pressured to attend a prestigious, "name" school. Although the name of the school looks good on your CV and may make a small difference in interviews, job offers, etc., when you first
graduate, the longer you're out of school and working, the less people will care about where you went to school and just care about how well you do your job.
Best wishes for your search.