University News and Recognition
Webster University is a private, nonprofit, accredited liberal arts university recognized for its diversity, inclusion and global orientation. This worldwide institution's mission is bold, and appropriate for these times: To ensure high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.
Take a look at some of the highest recognitions and awards for Webster University:
With campuses in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Webster University has been
recognized as a leader in international education for more than 30 years.
U.S. News and World Report
Webster's Study Abroad programs rank in the top 2 percent of the 1,600 colleges and universities surveyed in the “America's Best Colleges” 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report. The distinction recognizes study abroad programs that involve substantial academic work for credit and considerable interaction between the student and the culture.
Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education's (IIE) 2009-10 Open Doors report ranked Webster ninth among all U.S. master's degree-granting institutions for study abroad of a semester-long duration, and first in the same category among Midwestern institutions.
The Confucius Institute at Webster University was named 2013 “Confucius Institute of the Year” by HANBAN, the Chinese Ministry of Education, in recognition of Webster's extensive outreach and quality Chinese cultural engagement locally, regionally and internationally.
Webster University's International Campuses
Visit our international campus sites for more on the national honors, accreditation and recognitions received in their local regions. Choose international location here.
U.S. News and World Report
Webster University continues to be ranked in the top tier of the Midwest region of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings, moving up for the second consecutive year to 21 in the 2014 edition, and first among St. Louis-area schools in this category for the fifth consecutive year. The publication also ranked Webster highly for its small class sizes, economic diversity, and quality among schools that "truly seek a broad, engaged student body."
Webster's Study Abroad programs rank in the top 2 percent of the 1,600 colleges and universities surveyed in the “America's Best Colleges” 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report. The publication's 2013 Best Online Programs report ranks Webster University's online graduate education programs 1st in Missouri and 27th nationwide. Online graduate business programs rank 3rd in Missouri and 62nd nationwide.
Webster's nursing and nurse anesthesia graduate programs ranked as two of the nation's best graduate schools and programs in U.S. News and World Report in 2011.
Seven of Webster's School of Education graduate degree programs are awarded national recognition by their respective Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) under the umbrella of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Webster University is one of the best colleges to work for, according to the sixth annual (2013) workplace survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Founded in 1915, Webster's home campus in St. Louis is an exciting and vibrant residential
campus that serves as an international hub for faculty, staff, students, alumni and
influential community leaders. The University is a proud member of the communities
it serves and has been recognized as a partner in the growth and development of its
home campus community in Webster Groves and Greater St. Louis.
St. Louis Regional Chamber Association (formerly RCGA)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber (formerly RCGA) awarded Webster University the prestigious RCGA Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award for the sixth consecutive year.
A Top Return on Investment
Webster in 2013 was ranked a top college in Missouri for return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online.org, a leading resource for college affordability and financial aid information.
A #1 MBA Program
Webster's MBA program in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology was ranked #1 in Missouri and Kansas by Ingram's Magazine (July 25, 2013).
Webster University and the U.S. Department of Defense have worked together for nearly
40 years to provide high-quality and cost-effective graduate programs at military
installations and other locations throughout the country.
Our distinguished alumni include more than 200 active duty and retired generals and admirals, including several at the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff and thousands of military personnel as well as retired military.
The University has been recognized as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine for the past several years.
Military Times named Webster University to its “2013 Best for Vets: Colleges” list, based on a survey of more than 650 schools.
Military Advanced Education
Military Advanced Education magazine recognized Webster as a top school for military students again in 2013.
Webster University is also known for providing an environment in which diverse graduate
students can be successful and earn degrees.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
Webster University's graduate degree-seeking student population represents the largest number of individuals of diverse backgrounds among all traditional, nonprofit U.S. higher education institutions, according to annual surveys published in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (DIHE). The "Top 100 Degree Producers" survey, the latest published in August 2013, is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African American, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students by U.S. colleges and universities.
Webster has consistently achieved top rankings since DIHE began publishing the survey in 1991, and ranks first among U.S. nonprofit, private institutions in graduating master's-level African-American and Total Minority Students for All
Disciplines Combined, including first for total minorities in Human Resources Management.
Webster University is one of four St. Louis organizations honored for its accessibility efforts in 2013 by Paraquad, a non-profit organization that has offered services to the disabled for more than 40 years. Webster was recognized for work on its home campus and its website to make classes, offices and information more accessible to those with disabilities.
Webster University competes in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) as a NCAA Division III school, where in 2013 Webster won its ninth consecutive SLIAC All-Sports Trophy and 13th of the past 15 years. The Webster baseball team has won the NCAA Division-III two years in a row, competing in the Division III Baseball National Championship, also known as the College World Series, both years.
Webster University's chess team is the top-ranked collegiate chess team in the United States and won the 2013 collegiate national championship – the President's Cup, also known as the Final Four of Collegiate Chess. Individual team members also represent their countries and Webster at the U.S. Open and other prestigious international championships, where they have achieved national and international titles. Webster was the first college ever to have three students in the same year represent their countries at the Chess World Cup. Student Wesley So, from the Philippines, finished in first place at the 2013 World University Championship.
Forensics and Debate
Webster's Forensics program received special recognition in 2013 from the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament for Webster students qualifying for this elite national individual events tournament every year for 15 consecutive years.
Investing in the staff and faculty at Webster is critical to the success and future
of the University and remains a priority throughout the campus network.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Webster University is one of the best colleges to work for, according to the sixth annual workplace survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education – one of the most respected publications serving the academic community. Webster has received top honors in The Chronicle's annual survey every year since its inception in 2008.