Diversity and Inclusion
Webster University is known for providing an environment in which diverse students can be successful and earn degrees.
In its “America’s Best Colleges 2017” list, U.S. News & World Report recognized Webster for its economic diversity, its campus ethnic diversity, its need-based financial aid with one of the highest 6-year grad rates for Pell students, and as both an A+ school for B students and among the "Best Colleges for Veterans."
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (DIHE)
In 2016 DIHE again recognized Webster University as one of the top universities in the country for awarding master's degrees to several minority groups. DIHE's annual "Top 100 Degree Producers" survey, the latest published in August 2016, is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African American, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students by all traditional, nonprofit U.S. higher education institutions.
For 25 years 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. In the 2016 survey Webster also was recognized as:
- First among traditional private non-profit and public universities in all minority graduate degrees conferred, and fourth overall for all universities and colleges (including for-profits)
- First in African American master's degrees nationally among private non-profit and public institutions, and fourth overall for all universities (including for-profits)
- First for graduate degrees conferred to African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian American students for all higher-education institutions in Missouri
- The only Missouri institution to be listed in the top 100 for Hispanic/Latino students
- The only Missouri institution to be listed in the top 100 for the “Total Minority Masters” category
In October 2015 DIHE recognized Webster as one of the top universities in the country for awarding master’s degrees to Hispanic students. According to the magazine's analysis, Webster University awarded the fourth highest number of master’s degrees in business, management, marketing and related fields in 2013–2014.
Webster University was 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.