Missouri nursing schools rank high on online journal’s ‘A-list’

In its first “A-list” of U.S. nursing schools, an online college ranking journal has included four Missouri schools among its top 20.

The University of Missouri topped the College Atlas list. Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau was ranked fourth, Truman State University in Kirksville was sixth and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin was seventh.

In Kansas, Emporia State University was 14th and the University of Kansas 17th.

College Atlas derives the list of schools it measures from the U.S. News & World Report annual best colleges list, then considers which schools are most affordable and easiest to get into while also having good academic programs.

The elite schools that usually top college rankings get knocked off the College Atlas list because those schools are so selective about their admissions, said Branden Neish, general manager of College Atlas.