Webster University Receives Highest U.S. News and World Report Rank in Three Years

Sep. 13, 2016

Webster University Receives Highest U.S. News and World Report Rank in Three Years
Webster University rose in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings this year.

ST. LOUIS – Webster University rose to 24th place on the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” 2017 list, it was announced today. This is Webster’s highest ranking in three years.

For the eighth consecutive year, it was ranked first among St. Louis regional institutions in the “Regional Universities – Midwest” classification. The ranking also recognized Webster University in several other categories, including “Best Colleges for Veterans.” 

“True to our enduring mission of meeting unmet needs, members of the Webster University faculty and staff are committed to supporting the success of a wonderfully diverse student community,” said Webster President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “I thank and congratulate our colleagues for this recognition of Webster’s progress in making excellence inclusive as evidenced in measures of quantifiable student success and peer assessments that underlie the U. S. News and World Report ranking.”

“The rankings capture major categories indicative of the overall quality of the institution,” said Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Webster University. “Webster's continued rankings among the top regional universities in the Midwest is reflective of our continued commitment to improving faculty resources, student quality, alumni giving, graduation rate performance, and financial resources.”

Besides the overall ranking, Webster University also was listed by U.S. News & World Report in several other categories, including Highest Proportion of Classes with Fewer than 20 Students, Most International Students, Economic Diversity, Highest Six-Year Grad Rate for Pell Students, Highest Six-Year Grad Rate (general), Campus Ethnic Diversity, Faculty Resources, A+ Schools for B Students, and Best Colleges for Veterans. This is the fourth consecutive year Webster has been listed in Best Colleges for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report named two of Webster University’s online programs among the best in the country in its 2016 Best Online Programs report earlier this year: online graduate business programs and the online MBA program were both ranked nationally. Webster University’s nurse anesthesia program also was mentioned earlier this year in the Best Graduate Schools rankings. Both the Online and Graduate Schools rankings are released separately from the overall college rankings.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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