The ranking of the top 50 looked at student-teacher ratio, tuition, school environment, student clubs and organizations and availability of financial aid as some of the criteria for assigning value.
“University of New Mexico, which ranked 26th, is noted for its new curriculum for 2015 that improves students’ ability to get the most out of their education and absorb advanced nursing topics more easily,” according to Jamie Agamalian in a statement from Best Value Schools.
The report, released in August, used data from the Center for Education Statistics and focuses on programs that offer a four-year bachelor’s of nursing degree.
“The UNM College of Nursing is a great value because our students have the opportunity to receive state-of-the-art education and training within our advanced simulation labs, at the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, at the VA Medical Center and clinical sites across the state. Upon graduation, they are able to meet the health care needs of New Mexico’s most rural, fragile and vulnerable populations,” said College of Nursing Dean Nancy Ridenour.
The report places UNM’s program, with about a $12,000 per year tuition, just below Delaware State University. Top on the list is Berea College in Kentucky with a tuition of about $2,000 a year.
UNM’s program was one of only six programs from the Southwest to make the ranking. Texas A&M International in Laredo, Texas ranked third on the list. UNM’s program was the next highest Southwestern program.
About 500 students are enrolled in the college.