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. Visit our international campus sites for more on the national honors, accreditation and recognitions received in their local regions. Click here to select international campus.

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” 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report, placing in the top 33 of 618 schools recognized for study abroad. 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) 2014 Open Doors report ranked Webster 16th among all U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for study abroad of a semester-long duration, 3rd among all private universities in Missouri for sending students to study abroad, and 5th among all private universities in Missouri for hosting international students.                          

Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute at Webster University was named “Confucius Institute of the Year” in 2012 and in 2014 by the Chinese Ministry of Education (HANBAN), in recognition of Webster's extensive outreach and quality Chinese cultural engagement locally, regionally and internationally.


U.S. News and World Report
Webster University continues to be ranked in the top tier of the Regional Universities-Midwest category of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. Webster was ranked 24th in the 2017 edition, and first among St. Louis-area schools in this category for the seventh consecutive year. The publication also ranked Webster highly for its small class sizes and economic diversity.

U.S. News & World Report named three of Webster University’s online programs among the best in the country in its 2017 Best Online Programs report: Webster’s online graduate education programs ranked 149th out of 278 listed, and was 5th in Missouri; online graduate business programs ranked 3rd in Missouri and 92nd nationwide; and the online MBA program ranked 7th in Missouri and 160th out 255 programs nationally. The rankings are published in the "Best Graduate Schools 2017" and "Best Colleges 2017" guidebooks.

First in Faculty Resources: The publication also recognized Webster as first in its category for faculty resources, using several metrics to quantify Webster University's commitment to instruction as measured through student/teacher ratio, compensation, percentage of faculty who are full-time, percentages of faculty with terminal degree, and class size. 

Webster's Study Abroad programs ranked in the top 2 percent of the 1,600 colleges and universities surveyed in the “America's Best Colleges” 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

Forbes Magazine
In 2015, Webster was recognized among America's Top Colleges as ranked by Forbes magazine for the sixth consecutive year.

Money Magazine
Webster University is recognized in Money Magazine’s listing of the “Best Colleges for Your Money.”

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.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
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).


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 (formerly RCGA)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber (formerly RCGA) awarded Webster University the prestigious RCGA Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award for six consecutive years. In 2013 the Chamber honored Webster University as a finalist for the Arcus Award for championing innovative programs to increase the education and skills of the region’s workforce.

A Top MBA Program
Webster's MBA program was ranked as the largest in the greater St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2016,.

In 2015, CollegeChoice ranked Webster University #32 on its annual best Midwestern colleges list, based on academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market.


U.S. News & World Report named three of Webster University’s online programs among the best in the country in its 2017 Best Online Programs report: The rankings are published as part of the "Best Graduate Schools 2017" and "Best Colleges 2017" guidebooks.

Webster University’s online education program was named among the best 15 in the nation, according to a study published by

Webster University was named as having one of the best online programs in Missouri by


Webster University and the U.S. Department of Defense have worked together for 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. 

G.I. Jobs
The University has been recognized as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine for the past several years.

Military Times
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.

U.S. News & World Report Best for Vets
In its its “America’s Best Colleges 2017” list, U.S. News & World Report recognized Webster as among the best universities and colleges in the United States for veterans. Its 2014 "Best Online Programs for Veterans" 2014 report recognized Webster its online graduate business and graduate education programs.

Best Colleges for Veterans
Webster is recognized by US News for the second consecutive year as being an institution that helps veterans and active duty service members pursue, pay for, and complete their degrees. Webster was ranked 11th out of the 40 eligible institutions in the Regional Universities-Midwest category.

College Factual
Standing #9 overall on College Factual's ranking of the Best Colleges For Veterans, based on four-year undergraduate programs.

Diversity and Inclusion

Webster University is known for providing an environment in which diverse students can be successful and earn degrees.

Economic Diversity
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 studentsAccording 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.


Webster University competes in several sports in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) as a NCAA Division III school, where in 2014 Webster won its tenth consecutive SLIAC All-Sports Trophy and 14th of the past 16 years. The Webster baseball team won the NCAA Division-III Regional Championship in 2012 and 2013 to advance to the Division III Baseball National Championship, also known as the College World Series, and was ranked number one in the nation for the first time during the 2014 season.

Webster University's chess team is the top-ranked collegiate chess team in the United States and won its fourth straight College Chess national championship in 2016 – the President's Cup, also known as the Final Four of Collegiate Chess. The team has won the top spot at the annual Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship for four consecutive years. 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. 

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.

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