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Colleges of Distinction and Abound provide nursing programs with a platform for regional and national recognition and direct connections to prospective students seeking to complete an RN-BSN, BSN, MSN or doctorate within Nursing.

Colleges of Distinction and Abound focus on NCLEX passing rates, dedicated nursing facilities, faculty who are practicing Nurses, established partnerships with healthcare, non-profit and medical related organizations for clinical, practicum or internships opportunities.

Our brand tools will enhance your reputation, help your own marketing stand out, and attract potential students. 

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Samford University
Spring Hill College
University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Harding University
John Brown University
University of Central Arkansas 

Azusa Pacific University
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Stanislaus
Dominican University of California
Holy Names University
University of San Diego 

Colorado Christian University 

Fairfield University
Goodwin College
Sacred Heart University 

Barry University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Southern College
Southeastern University
University of Miami
University of South Florida 

Georgia Gwinnett College
Kennesaw State University
Mercer University
Piedmont College
Toccoa Falls College
University of West Georgia 

Northwest Nazarene University
Aurora University
DePaul University
Elmhurst College
Greenville University
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
North Park University
Olivet Nazarene University
Saint Xavier University
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Trinity Christian College
University of St. Francis 


Anderson University
Ball State University
Bethel University Indiana
University of Indianapolis

How We Help You Stand Out

Elevate Your Brand

Expand Your Exposure

Gain a Trusted Partner

Quality third party endorsements are crucial to improving brand authority. When your brand is elevated, your website and marketing materials have more impact, your team feels recognized for their hard work, and alumni and donors take notice. 

Use our customized tools to impress audiences and convert applicants into deposits. Tell your program's story through your profile on our website.

Celebrating its 20th year, Colleges of Distinction and Abound have helped hundreds of colleges and universities elevate their brands by providing them with strong endorsements, engaging profiles, and easy-to-use tools.

How We Evaluate Nursing Programs

Our top colleges for nursing majors offer students an exciting place to learn and grow, as proven by the following:

Stability and Excellence

High Mastery Rates 

Industry Connections 


Recognized programs must have a sustained history of excellence. Faculty are continually recognized for their impressive experience and research.

Nursing programs must be validated by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) and/or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) for their commitment to quality and student success.

These institutions are leaders in preparing nursing students for success. Students routinely excel in such standardized exams as the NCLEX and HESI A2.

Faculty and staff cultivate connections to help students build their network and find meaningful work. These programs seek opportunities to strengthen their program standards and self-assess their core curricula, learning outcomes, and faculty development. 


"Not just another feather in the cap - it's a way to show potential students that your College or University goes the extra mile for their students and they're receiving a quality education as a result."

Ashley Miller
Success Coach
Lindsey Wilson College

Briar Cliff University
Mount Mercy University
Northwestern College
St. Ambrose University
University of Dubuque 

Baker University
Emporia State University
Newman University
Ottawa University 

Campbellsville University
Lindsey Wilson College
University of Louisville 

University of Holy Cross 

University of Maine 

Frostburg State University
Morgan State University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Salisbury University 

Becker College
Curry College
Northeastern University
University of Massachusetts Lowell 

Alma College
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Spring Arbor University
Western Michigan University 

Bethel University Minnesota 

Belhaven University 

Missouri State University
Saint Louis University
Truman State University 

Carroll College 

College of Saint Mary
Creighton University
Nebraska Wesleyan University 

New Hampshire
Rivier University
University Of New Hampshire
New Jersey
Caldwell University
College of Saint Elizabeth
Georgian Court University
Monmouth University
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Seton Hall University
The College of New Jersey

New York
Adelphi University
Binghamton University
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Daemen College
Dominican College
Elmira College
Hartwick College
Keuka College
Le Moyne College
Long Island University
Mount Saint Mary College
New York Institute of Technology
Niagara University
Russell Sage College
St. John Fisher College
St. Joseph's College, New York
Utica College 

North Carolina
Appalachian State University
Gardner-Webb University
Lees-McRae College
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Pfeiffer University
University of North Carolina—Wilmington
Western Carolina University 

North Dakota
University of Mary 

Ashland University
Defiance College
Hiram College
Miami University—Oxford
Mount St. Joseph University
Otterbein University
University of Cincinnati
University of Mount Union
Walsh University
Wittenberg University
Xavier University 

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oral Roberts University
University of Tulsa 

George Fox University
University of Portland 

Carlow University
Drexel University
La Roche University
Mercyhurst University
Messiah College
Millersville University
Mount Aloysius College
Saint Francis University
Slippery Rock University
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Villanova University
Waynesburg University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Wilson College
York College of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island 

South Carolina
Coastal Carolina University
University of South Carolina Aiken
University of South Carolina Upstate 

Belmont University
Carson-Newman University
Christian Brothers University
Freed-Hardeman University
King University
Lipscomb University
Middle Tennessee State University 

Abilene Christian University
Angelo State University
Dallas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Lubbock Christian University
McMurry University
Schreiner University
Stephen F. Austin State University
Texas Christian University
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of the Incarnate Word 

Southern Utah University
Westminster College of Utah 

Castleton University
University of Vermont 

Averett University
James Madison University
Marymount University
Old Dominion University
Radford University
Shenandoah University
The University of Virginia's College at Wise 

Eastern Washington University
Gonzaga University
Northwest University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University 

Cardinal Stritch University
Concordia University Wisconsin
Marquette University
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College

"My experience has been phenomenal.  From professional staff with in-depth knowledge of higher education to support and resources, Abound membership is an easy decision."

Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke
Former Dean
Fort Hays State University

The Reputation of Your Nursing Program is Vital to Future Success

But There’s a Problem with Rankings…

Badge licenses are expensive

Rankings reward the wrong things

Low-quality recognitions are everywhere

What you’ve tried so far isn’t working

Nobody has given you a plan

Satisfaction with ranking systems continues to drop

Colleges of Distinction has everything you need to elevate your reputation all in one place. We have the track record and know-how to help your school stand out for a fraction of the cost of other recognitions.


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Nursing Recognitions and Tools




One year's worth of nursing recognitions: including undergrad, grad, online, localities, and more*

Marketing collateral: customizable two-page flyer, press release templates, and digital ads.

Guest posts (5/year) on the Colleges of Distinction and Abound advice sections

Dedicated staff member to help you leverage your recognitions

*Subject to additional qualification

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