Edinboro University Accolades and Achievements


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          EU programs in top-tier U.S. News rankings

          Edinboro University’s online graduate programs in nursing and education are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation.

          Edinboro's graduate nursing programs, offered in consortium with Clarion University, are ranked 21st in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s  Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The rankings are based on faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement and admissions selectivity.

          The programs, which include the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration area in family nurse practitioner and the new Doctor of Nursing Practice, place an emphasis on meeting a regional shortage of primary health care providers.

          The University's graduate education programs also earned top-tier ranking based on statistical information about admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. EU presently offers seven online master’s degree programs in education: Master of Art in Art Education, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction, Master of Education in Reading, and Master of Education in Special Education.

          Additional U.S. News & World Report recognition for EU includes Best Graduate Schools ranking for programs in Rehabilitation Counseling (#53), Fine Arts (#157) and Speech-Language Pathology (#225).


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          MA in Counseling programs earn 2 top rankings

          Two courses of study within Edinboro University’s nationally recognized master’s degree program in counseling recently received further acclaim from leading higher education and career websites in the field.

          The higher education website Great College Deals recently recognized Edinboro’s M.A. in Counseling – School Counseling as #4 in its 10 Best Deals on Online Master’s in School Counseling Degree Programs. According to the website, the rankings “reflect the presence of an intuitive online classroom environment, a richly diverse school counseling curriculum, a high percentage of faculty with Ph.Ds., course schedule flexibility, awards and ranking recognition” and other factors that add value to the online program.

          The educational website Best Counseling Degrees ranked Edinboro’s Master of Arts in Counseling – College Counseling #6 in its list of Best Master’s Degrees in Student Affairs and College Counseling. This ranking of the top 30 campus-based programs in the country is based on methodology that includes affordability and accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


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          EU Animation, Game Design again rank among best

          EU’s Animation and Computer Animation programs ranked 18th on the East Coast and 17th nationally among public colleges and universities in Animation Career Review's 2016 listing of the best animation programs in the United States.

          Animation Career Review also placed EU’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – Game and Virtual World Development track 24th nationally among public schools and colleges and 20th on the East Coast in its 2016 listing of the best game design programs in the United States. 

          Animation Career Review’s rankings are based on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value and geographic location.


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          EU again named a ‘Great College to Work For’

          Edinboro University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for for the second consecutive year, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The recognition in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace was based on a survey of employees at 281 colleges and universities.

          Edinboro is one of only 86 institutions achieving 2015 “Great College to Work For®”  recognition for specific best practices and policies. 


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          EU earns second consecutive INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award

          Edinboro University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was recognized with a 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. This is the second consecutive year the University has earned the award.

          The HEED Award reflects achievement and commitment to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach, diversity in hiring and diversity student recruitment and success.

          The award recognized a broad array of efforts at Edinboro, including a more active role for the University Diversity Council. During the 2013-14 academic year, the Council began producing a regular email newsletter for the campus community and organized such events as “One Campus Experience: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela,” a weeklong observance highlighted by a keynote address by international human rights activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


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          OnlineU recognizes EU programs for affordability, value

          The high-value, low-cost education offered by Edinboro University has earned multiple recognitions for value and affordability from OnlineU, a website of the education publishing company SR Education Group.

          EU’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is #7 in OnlineU’s listing of the nation’s Most Affordable Early Childhood Education Degrees Online. The University’s master’s and post-master’s certificate programs in education are #12 in its ranking of the Most Affordable Online Teaching Degrees. Edinboro’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology also earned top marks (#6) in the Most Affordable Online Psychology Degrees ranking.

          Edinboro’s online Master of Social Work degree program was #11 in the nation in OnlineU’s 2015 Best Value Online Social Work Degree report, the most recent ranking in that category.

          The rankings are available at OnlineU.org.


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          Master’s in Early Childhood Education recognized for affordability

          Best College Values, an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost, has ranked Edinboro University’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education #9 in its Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education.

          According to Best College Values, they “are committed to connecting prospective students with high-quality educational opportunities at affordable costs, and are confident that students will find this at Edinboro.”


          EU's innovative Porreco College earns AAUA Exemplary Model Award 

          Edinboro University’s innovative plan for establishing Porreco College to increase educational attainment in the region and meet local demands for career and technical education received the American Association of University Administrators' (AAUA) Exemplary Models Award for 2015.

          The award recognizes outstanding examples of university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education.

          Since its founding in 2014, enrollment at Porreco College has exceeded targets, and a number of top regional employers have taken advantage of the college’s unique program offerings to prepare current employees for advancement and prospective employees for well-paying jobs.


          EU’s highly regarded MSW program earns new recognitions

          EU’s MSW program is ranked #6 in Social Work Degree Guide’s Top 25 Online MSW Programs 2015.

          This ranking of programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education focuses on flexible enrollment options, wide geographic availability, coursework offered online and other attributes.

          The online MSW, one of Edinboro University’s most in-demand graduate programs, is also one of the University’s most frequently and highly ranked. Additional rankings that recognize the  program’s value and quality include:

          • #5 in GradSource.com's ranking of Top Online Schools: Master's In Social Work, based on tuition, flexibility, and student success.
          • #6 in Social Work Degree Guide's listing of the 2015 Top 25 Online MSW Programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
          • #7 in Top Graduate Schools for 2016 by GraduatePrograms.com, a website of educational publisher SR Education Group.
          • #11 in Nonprofit Colleges Online’s Students Before Profits Award rankings for Best Online Master’s of Social Work 2015-16. 
          • #19 in Top 25 Online MSW  Programs Ranking for 2014-2015 by BestMSWdegrees.com, an independent online guide. 

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          Nursing at EU ranked among region's best programs

          Edinboro University’s nursing program was recognized among America’s Best Nursing Programs in the East in new rankings announced by NurseJournal.org. The ranking of nearly 1,200 programs was compiled by NurseJournal.org, which identifies itself as a “Social Community for Nurses Worldwide.”  Its mission is to educate, inform and share.

          The rankings use quantifiable measures of quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction and value to determine the best programs in each region.


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          EU recognized for excellent return on investment

          The high-value, low-cost education offered by Edinboro University earned it a place among the top colleges in Pennsylvania for return on investment in Affordable Colleges Online rankings.

          According to Affordable Colleges Online, the rankings point to “affordable schools with quality education programs that translate to real career potential.”

          The site also recognized EU’s online graduate programs as #2 in Pennsylvania in its 2014 Most Affordable Online Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.


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          EU a seven-time ‘Military Friendly School’

          Victory Media, Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and publisher of the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, named Edinboro University to its coveted “Military Friendly Schools” list for a seventh consecutive year in 2016.

          The ranking honors the top 20 percent of higher education institutions nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.

          In addition to a high-quality, affordable education, Edinboro offers veterans, service members and their families an array of supportive services coordinated through its Veterans Success Center.


          EU’s services to students with disabilities widely lauded

          The book College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities by Chris Wise Tiedemann in 2012 recognized Edinboro University as one of the top five universities in the United States for providing full services to students with disabilities.

          Tiedemann’s book profiles the top schools and provides strategies for students with disabilities to adapt to college and obtain necessary services.

          Additional recognition for Edinboro’s outstanding services to students with disabilities has come from:

          • The Education Rankings & Advice section of U.S. News & World Report’s website, which refers Edinboro’s services and Tiedemann’s book in an article, “4 Tips for College Applicants, Students with Physical Disabilities.”
          • Paralyzed Veterans of America, which referred to Edinboro as “an excellent example of how a university can provide for the special needs of students with disabilities, programmatically and in the physical environment,” in College Accessibility: A Case Study on its website.
          • Dealing With Different, a website that describes itself as “Your source for self-discovery for the physically unique.” It ranks Edinboro #6 of 20 in its Best Colleges For The Physically Disabled ranking.
          • The College Mapper blog, which recently placed Edinboro at the top of its list of the Best Colleges for Students with Disabilities.

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          EU's Educational Psychology ranks in top tier

          The educational website Best Counseling Degrees featured Edinboro University’s Master of Education in Educational Psychology program as #6 in the nation in its Top 10 Accredited Online School Counseling Master’s Degrees Ranked By Affordability and EU's Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling #14 in its Top 25 Most Affordable Accredited Master's Degrees in School Counseling Online.

          Only educational psychology and school counseling degree programs with official recognition from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and/or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) were eligible for inclusion in the rankings.


          EU, partner #4 in Most Affordable Online Nursing list

          Online nursing programs offered by Edinboro University in consortium with Clarion University ranked 4th in OnlineU.org’s list of the 25 most affordable schools offering online nursing degrees.

          According to the website, the list “presents economical options for students looking for nursing training online.

          Edinboro and Clarion offer Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees online.


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          EU earns Colleges Shaping the Next Generation nod

          The Online College Database ranks Edinboro University’s School of Education #7 in Pennsylvania in its “Colleges Shaping the Next Generation” division.

          The list recognizes institutions “with top rankings, faculty, facilities, and programs,” the website states. “Each program has top-notch instructors, and students are encouraged to take part in research projects, internships, and other hands-on learning experiences.”

          Additional recognition for Edinboro University education programs has come from:

          • OnlineU.org, a website of the education publishing company SR Education Group, which ranked the University #15 in its list of the nation’s most affordable online Early Childhood Education degrees and #21 in its ranking of Most Affordable Teaching Degree.
          • TheBestSchools.org, a higher education/career website, which ranked the University’s online Master of Education degree program #19 in the United States, based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings and reputation.


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          Master's in Early Childhood Education rated 'Smart Choice'

          SuperScholar.org, an online source of information for students seeking quality, high-value educational programs, ranked Edinboro University’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Education #23 in its “50 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs 2015.”

          The “Smart Choice” endorsement was based on data in the areas of affordability, starting salaries of recent graduates, market reputation, awards and recognition, and flexibility. Only online programs at regionally accredited colleges and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statists database were eligible for consideration.

          The program also was recognized  as one of the nation's best (#14) in 2016 by OnlineColleges.net.


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          EU named a Top Best Value College

          The outcomes-based Educate To Career (ETC) College Rankings Index named Edinboro University a Top Best Value College for 2014, a designation that reflects the University’s ranking in the top one-third of more than 1,200 institutions measured by the index.

          ETC, a California-based nonprofit organization, calculates the index in an effort to determine the economic value added by each college ranked. “We define economic value added as being the improvement in earnings and employability of graduates; measured against the total cost of the education,” its website states.

          The index uses alumni employment data as well as calculations of the cost of an education based on tuition, number of years to graduate, and loan default rates, among other variables.


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          EU a top-50 choice for homeschooled students

          Edinboro was named #16 in the top 50 schools in the country that are best for homeschooled students by Best Value Schools. The ranking reflects EU’s close attention to student success, our unique and vibrant campus traditions, and our strong support for first-year students as they transition to college.

          The ranking places the University in the company of—and ranked higher than—the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Auburn and Yale.


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          Edinboro receives Community Service Award for Porreco College launch

          Edinboro University’s tremendous service to Erie County in launching Porreco College to fill a significant void in Pennsylvania’s largest county without a community college was recognized with the Community Service Award at the 2014 Commitment to Erie Awards banquet on Sept. 17.

          The Erie Times-News presents the awards annually to honor companies and nonprofit organizations for their contributions toward making the Erie region a good place to live and work.

          EU was also a finalist for the program’s top honor, the Commitment to Erie Award.


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          EU Educational Psychology, Art Therapy programs rank #7

          Edinboro University’s Master of Arts in Counseling is ranked #7 in the Top 15 Online Master's in Counseling Degree Programs 2015 list compiled by Best Master’s in Psychology. 

          The ranking particularly highlights the EU counseling program’s unique Art Therapy concentration, which is the first completely online program of its type.

          “Art therapy is revolutionizing the way we think about human services. At Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, they offer an online master’s degree in Arts Counseling that received Nonprofit Colleges Online’s ‘Students Before Profits Award’,” the article states.

          The Top 15 Online Masters in Counseling Degree Programs are determined by tuition, number of students in the program relative to overall enrollment, uniqueness of the program, accreditation and reviews in the Guide to Online Schools. The ranked institutions were determined to be “the best of the best,” based on a numerical scale.

          In addition, the Online Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy are ranked #8 in the country in Nonprofit Colleges Online’s new Students Before Profits Award rankings.

          The award recognizes online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost.