Among the best: College of Nursing earns high marks

The ECU College of Nursing has been ranked the No. 14 nursing school in the United States and the No. 6 public nursing school nationally. The rankings are the result of a nationwide evaluation of data collected by Nursing Schools Almanac.

“Nursing Schools Almanac has just released its 2018 rankings of the top U.S. nursing schools, and I’m very pleased to share that we’ve included East Carolina University,” said Christopher McMillen, editor-in-chief of “We collected data on over 3,200 institutions nationwide, and just 3 percent made our list of the top 100 nursing schools in the nation.”

Factors considered for the rankings included the institution’s:

  • Academic prestige
  • Professional designations
  • Grant funding
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure exam.

After evaluating each nursing school on these criteria, Nursing

Schools Almanac weighted the individual scores into one overall score and ranked the schools accordingly.

“This is a true testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff to our students’ success,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “It recognizes our efforts to create nurse leaders with a wide variety of specialties to suit the needs of today’s health care environment.”