New London NH – Colby-Sawyer College’s undergraduate nursing program has been recognized as #1 in New Hampshire by after the group analyzed 15 programs in the state. Colby-Sawyer led the pack with a score of 98.85.

The annual registered nursing program rankings are based on current and past first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam pass rates. In 2018, for the third year in a row, 100 percent of Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing students passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. Nursing programs were also assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond.

Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program, as described by, “molds nursing students into high-quality nurses who are committed to improving the quality of care throughout the profession and judiciously use their leadership and communication skills to improve community health.”

“We are very proud of this recognition,” Joan G. Loftus, dean of Colby-Sawyer’s School of Nursing and Health Professions said. “The success of our nursing program is built on the foundation of a strong curriculum, highly qualified nursing faculty and exceptional clinical experiences at our Dartmouth-Hitchcock partnership sites.”

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in New Hampshire is $67,190 and New Hampshire Employment Security projects an average of 491 registered nursing job openings each year.

The New Hampshire RN ranking can be found here:

by Kate Seamans, College Communications