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” 2015 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) 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” by HANBAN in 2012 and in 2014 by 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 Regional Universities-Midwest category of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. Webster was ranked 26th in the 2015 edition, and first among St. Louis-area schools in this category for the sixth 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 2015 Best Online Programs report: Webster’s online graduate education programs ranked 2nd in Missouri and 86th nationwide; online graduate business programs ranked 4th in Missouri and 67th nationwide; and the online MBA program ranked 7th in Missouri and 126th nationally.

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” 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

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.

Forbes Magazine
In 2014, Webster was recognized among America's Top Colleges as ranked by Forbes magazine for the fifth consecutive year.

Money Magazine
Webster University was recognized in Money Magazine’s 2014 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.

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

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 #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 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
Webster is included in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs for Veterans" 2014 report, recognized for 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.

Diversity and Inclusion

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 2014, 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 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 the 2013 and 2014 collegiate national championship – 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 three 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.


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 it has participated in the survey since 2008.

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