Two PennWest Edinboro academic programs earned Top 100 honors in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings, which considered 500 higher-education institutions across the nation.
The multi-platform publisher of authoritative rankings granted PennWest Edinboro the No. 46 national ranking in the 2022 Best Online Nursing Programs list and the No. 77 ranking in the 2022 Best Online Education Programs list.
This marks the seventh consecutive year in which Edinboro has earned Top 100 spots in the national ranking. Edinboro’s highest recent ranking was No. 70 in the 2018 report for master’s degree in Education, and in 2021, Edinboro was ranked No. 83.
Nearly 30 PennWest Edinboro academic programs and campus departments received top recognition from Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online and campus program rankings and higher-education planning.
Edinboro earned several top five spots on the annual program assessment, including the No. 3 Best Early Childhood Degree, No. 3 Best Online Master’s in Educational Psychology and the No. 4 Best Online College in Pennsylvania.
Intelligent.com ranks each program on a scale from 0 to 100 across five categories. The scoring system compares each university according to program strength, student readiness, return on investment, cost and student engagement.
Researchers compared 704 programs from 2,900 universities and colleges across the United States.
University HQ granted PennWest Edinboro the No. 50 ranking in the national Best Online Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Institutional rankings include the cost of tuition, admission rates, retention rates, graduation rates, graduating salary, number of programs offered, online programs offered, loan-default rate, diplomas awarded, number of students receiving financial aid and expert opinions.
For the 13th consecutive year, PennWest Edinboro earned national recognition for providing veterans and their families with a first-rate post-secondary education.
PennWest Edinboro earned silver distinction in the annual Military Friendly Schools list for 2022-2023 after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the students with meaningful employment.
The Military Friendly Schools distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 1,800 institutions participated in this year’s survey, which evaluates both public data about the institution and proprietary data.
PennWest Edinboro has earned several high rankings in 2022 by Niche.com, which claims over 140 million reviews and ratings of schools and colleges across the nation. Niche is the market leader in connecting colleges and schools with students and families.
These top rankings include:
PennWest Edinboro's award-winning animation program once again ranks among the best in the U.S., after receiving two major national rankings and being named one of the top in Pennsylvania.
Animation Career Review, which publishes regional and national rankings of animation and game design schools, ranked PennWest Edinboro No. 5 in the 2022 Top 5 Animation School Programs in Pennsylvanialist and theNo. 14 program in the Top 25 Animation Schools and Colleges on the East Coast.
Animation Career Review analyzed 199 colleges and universities for the 2022 rankings, using criteria including academic reputation, admission selectivity, employment data, depth and breadth of the program faculty, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness and graduation rate.
PennWest Edinboro's Master of Education in Reading program ranks No. 33 in the Top 50 Master's in Reading and Literacy Degree Programs by Intelligent.com for 2021.
Each program was evaluated on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then an Intelligent Score for each program is calculated on a scale from 0 to 100. The top picks for the best Master’s in Reading And Literacy Degree program are affordable, respected, and flexible.
To learn more about how the Intelligent.com ranks schools, visit their Methodology page.
PennWest Edinboro's undergraduate Journalism major and minor – which is offered through the Communication, Journalism and Media Department – earned the No. 29 rank among Study.com’s Best Bachelor Degree Programs in Journalism for 2021.
Study.com, a higher-education analytics website for prospective college students, focused the rankings on programs that develop the theory and practice of gathering, processing and delivering news and that prepare individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors and news managers.
PennWest Edinboro's Master of Education in Educational Psychology program ranks No. 14 nationally in the The 20 Best Masters in Educational Psychology Programs by Best Value Schools for 2021.
To learn more about how Best Value Schools determined these rankings, visit their Methodology page.
PennWest Edinboro has been awarded top ranking status for multiple online degree programs by Intelligent.com. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,280 accredited colleges and universities.
PennWest Edinboro has been recognized for the following degree programs:
Online Counseling Degree Programs | Ranked #7
Online Masters in Counseling Degree Programs | Ranked #8
Online Masters in Psychology Degree Programs | Ranked #8
Online Masters in Social Work | Ranked #13
Online Public Relations Graduate Degree Programs | Ranked #14
Online Masters in Communication Degree Programs | Ranked #17
Online Early Childhood Education Degree Programs | Ranked #18
Online Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs | Ranked #22
Online Social Work Degree Programs | Ranked #26
Online Masters in Education Degree Programs | Ranked #31
Study.com granted Edinboro the No. 19 ranking among the Best Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education for 2021. Edinboro was rated highly for its affordability, accessibility, program quality and value.
Study.com's school lists only include accredited, non-profit public and private schools with the objective approach to judge schools with a combination of current data points from the U.S. Department of Education with school-specific detail.
BestMastersPrograms.org granted Edinboro the No. 22 ranking among the 25 Best Online Master's in Counseling for 2021.
Best Master’s Programs editors have selected the best online counseling master’s programs from accredited, trusted colleges and universities offering fully online and hybrid master’s degrees. These institutions are ranked according to factors including cost, reputation, and salary potential, from Niche and IPEDS data.
PennWest Edinboro's MSW program was ranked No. 24 by GradReports as the Best Online Master's in Social Work Degree Programs in 2020.
GradReports ranked the top 25 colleges that offer an online Master's Degree in Social Work based on median starting salary of graduates, based on tuition, median salaries, and median debt reported by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019.
OnlineSchoolsReport.com ranked Edinboro No. 31 as the Best Online Master's in Social Work degree programs.
OSR uses six data points: three school-wide and three program specific. For school-wide, OSR uses Student Satisfaction, Admission Rates, and the number of programs the school offers online. For program-specific, OSR checks the Median Debt of graduates from that program, how many degrees are offered within that program’s umbrella department, and what percentage of students at that school graduated from that department.
PennWest Edinboro's MFA program was ranked No. 1 by GradReports as the 25 Best MFA Programs in 2020.
GradReports ranked the top 25 colleges that offer the top MFAs in fine arts, based on median salary one year after graduation.
PennWest Edinboro tops the list with a starting salary of $44,200 for MFA graduates. Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019.
PennWest Edinboro is officially ranked among the top schools in Pennsylvania and the entire U.S. for providing outstanding career-development services to students and alumni.
Colleges of Distinction listed Edinboro’s Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning among the Career Development Colleges of Distinction of 2020-2021 for offering integrated career exploration, accessible programs and training and a career-centered staff.
PennWest Edinboro's Master of Social Work (MSW) program earned a No. 3 rank nationally, according to a leading online source of program analysis.
In addition to the MSW recognition, OnlineU ranked
PennWest Edinboro's MSW program among the five best Accredited Online MSW Programs in Pennsylvania.
PennWest Edinboro was the sole higher-education institution in Pennsylvania to achieve a Top 20 national ranking in the MSW list.
PennWest Edinboro's Master of Arts in Communication Studies (MACS) program earned a No. 21 rank nationally as one of the most affordable online Master's in Communications program in 2020, according to OnlineU.org.
OnlineU has been ranking colleges since 2014, and has been recognized as a leader in the higher education space by over 375 schools.
Graduate program awarded No. 23 Top School Counseling program status
PennWest Edinboro's graduate-level counseling program ranks among the top 32 online programs in the country, following a review from OnlineMasters.com.
The academic metrics agency validated Edinboro's quality curriculum, flexibility of course offerings and faculty expertise by granting the counseling program the No. 23 rank among Top School Counseling schools for 2019.
"PennWest Edinboro is proud to be recognized as among the top school counseling graduate programs," said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of Edinboro's School of Graduate Studies and Research. "Now, more than ever, our nation and the world needs competent, professional counselors who can provide services to enhance mental health and the quality of life for others."
Further accolades were granted to Edinboro's specialization in counseling for students with disabilities, based on Edinboro's unique coursework. Recently, the School Counseling program earned the No. 4 rank among the 10 Best Deals in Online Master's in School Counseling Degree Programs by the higher education website Great College Deals.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for school and career counselors are expected to increase 13 percent over the next decade, with more than 30,000 employment opportunities predicted through 2026.
Methodology for the Top School Counseling program rankings incorporates recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics. Only non-profit higher-education institutions were eligible for the 2019 ranking.
To learn more about Edinboro's graduate program, which are led by world-class faculty, visit gradschool.edinboro.edu.
Financial Planning magazine, a national network for financial planners, registered PennWest Edinboro among the top 102 Schools for Financial Planning - a listing derived from Certified Financial Planner (CFP) board-certified degree programs.
The publication recognized Edinboro's bachelor's degree program for its 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and career guidance for students in the program.
Edinboro's Personal Financial Planning major and minor are both registered with the CFP Board and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which accredits quality business programs across the globe.
PennWest Edinboro's Early Childhood Education graduate program received a top national ranking for providing in-depth, online programming for pre-service and active educators. This month, Online Masters ranked Edinboro No. 41 among the Top 50 Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education programs - granting Edinboro additional honors for "Best in Early Childhood Studies."
Online Masters recognized Edinboro for creating an online environment that fosters growth for tomorrow's leaders. Edinboro's rigorous curriculum and instruction allows students to emerge with a better understanding of early childhood education and the skills to excel in their careers.
Online Masters considers three specific areas when ranking national online programs. Academic quality accounts for 40 percent of an institutions grade - including graduation rate, retention rate and enrollment percentage. Another 40 percent features student success measures, including polling and assessment of current students and alumni and the quality of instructors.
The final 20 percent relates to the affordability of an institution. Graduate-level tuition for Pennsylvania residents is $516 per credit hour, while non-PA resident tuition for off-campus courses (student-teaching and internships) is $774 per credit hour and non-PA resident online courses cost $568 per credit hour.
For the second consecutive year, PennWest Edinboro earned national recognition for providing outstanding academic and support services to spouses of U.S. military veterans.
GI Jobs magazine awarded Edinboro the Military Spouse Friendly award, which measures institutional commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful experiences for the military spouse community.
Edinboro was recognized for the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and the campus ROTC cadre. Currently, there are 180 military-related students at Edinboro, including veterans, spouses and dependents - many of whom use G.I. Bill educational assistance.
Edinboro's Veterans Success Center manages resources for veterans, current service members and their dependents, ensuring that students receive not only the university's high-quality and affordable education but also individualized support services.
In order to obtain Military Spouse Friendly distinction, schools must score highly on academic credibility, academic support, career planning resources, flexibility, family supports, campus supports and federal approval such as GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance.
With its 40-year commitment to excellence in providing access to educational opportunities for all, PennWest Edinboro is widely acknowledged as one of the leading universities in the nation for students with disabilities.
Best Value Schools ranked the university No. 9 on its 2018 list of 25 Best Colleges for Students with Autism. This online resource and ranking website specifically lauded the University's Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS) program. BASIS provides individualized support in five key areas - academics, communication, daily living skills, employment readiness and social skills. Students also benefit from social and academic peer advising, weekly sessions with transition coaches, testing and classroom accommodations, writing services and social activities.
PennWest Edinboro has received national recognition in new rankings from College Affordability Guide, an online resource for prospective students seeking a high-quality, affordable education.
College Affordability Guide named PennWest Edinboro No. 1 among not-for-profit colleges and universities across the U.S. on the 2018 Top Online Schools for Fine Arts list. Noted in the rankings were Edinboro's Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Counseling - Art Therapy programs.
The rankings take into account tuition, financial aid distribution, graduation rates and student loan repayment rates. For consideration, schools were required to have a minimum of 500 students enrolled, one or more alternative methods for students to earn college credits and at least 20 percent of students who are Pell Grant recipients.
PennWest Edinboro's graduate-level Communication Studies degree earned national ranking for strength of academics, tuition rates and best value for students.
SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, granted Edinboro the No. 6 spot on the list of 2018 Top Online Colleges for a Master's in Public Relations. After a review of programs across the nation, SR Education group ranked schools based on high academic standards and commitment to affordability - both of which are key factors to prospective students.
Online Psychology Degrees awarded Edinboro the No. 22 position in the national Top 30 Master's Degrees in Educational Psychology Online 2018
Schools.com ranked PennWest Edinboro #3 on its Best Colleges for Child Development Degree Programs 2017-2018 list.
PennWest Edinboro's nationally recognized master's degree program in counseling recently received further acclaim from leading higher education and career websites in the field.
The educational website Best Counseling Degrees, an online resource and ranking system that researches schools with accredited counseling programs, awarded Edinboro the No. 16 rank among the Top 25 Most Affordable Master's Degrees in Counseling in the Northeast.
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.
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).
SR Education Group, an educational research publisher, listed The Boro among the 2017 Top Online Schools for Students with Disabilities, a list of higher-education institutions that provide the most comprehensive level of support and resources for students and the widest arrangement of accommodations. Additionally, Edinboro received the No. 6 ranking in the national 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Disabilities, which links high levels of student support with low tuition costs.
Through Edinboro's Office for Accessibility Services, students have access to academic aides and assistive technology. In 2015, Edinboro implemented the Boro Autism Support Initiative for Success (BASIS), which provides support services for degree-seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Affordable Colleges Online.org a leading provider of higher education information,
resources and rankings has recognized PennWest Edinboro 6 times in 2017 for excellence
and affordability in online learning among public, not-for-profit institutions nationwide.
Best Online Colleges of 2017 recognition was earned by the following programs:
Most Affordable Online Colleges of 2017 recognition was earned by these Edinboro programs:
PennWest Edinboro has been named one of the Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2016-2017 by Affordable Colleges Online, an organization that provides students with resources and tools related to higher education.
The list was created to help students find online colleges that rank above competitors in both academic excellence and value, utilizing key factors such as the average tuition cost, graduation rate and student-teacher ratio.
College Values Online ranked Edinboro as No. 16 in its latest Top 30 Values list for Online Master's in Communication.
Each program evaluated was awarded points based on tuition and special features for students. Edinboro earned points for providing in-state tuition under $10,000 and out-of-state tuition under $15,000 per academic year. Edinboro also received special recognition for offering a graduate certification in conflict management with the online Master of Arts degree.
College Choice, an online network of resources and ranking systems that researches institutions and degree programs, ranked The Boro's Master of Arts in Counseling No. 20 among the Top 25 Best Online Master's in Clinical Psychology Degrees for 2017. Also noted in the rankings were concentrations of Art Therapy, Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health.
Additionally, Edinboro's Master of Education in Educational Psychology earned the No. 29 spot on College Choice's Top 35 Best Online Master's in Psychology Degrees for 2017.
PennWest Edinboro's highly-lauded online master's degree program in early childhood education is the best in the nation, according to Top Education Degrees, an online source of information for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking a superior-quality education degree that aligns with their career goals.
Top Education Degrees compiled its 20 Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education 2017-2018 list based on tuition, relevancy of curriculum to the current demands of the profession, previous national recognitions and student-to-faculty ratio.
Affordable Colleges, an educational ranking entity that researches college degree programs for affordability, awarded Edinboro's Master of Social Work program the No. 20 ranking in the Top 40 Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Social Work.
The review website credited PennWest Edinboro's focus on serving families and covering a variety of topics such as social policy practice, family diversity and trauma theory and treatment.
Additionally, Edinboro's Master of Education in Reading earned the No. 30 spot on Affordable College's list of the Top 50 Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Reading Education in the U.S. Edinboro's Master of Education in Reading stresses developmental and interventional reading strategies for K-12 schools and gives pre-service and practicing teachers the skills to diagnose and address reading disabilities.
Affordable Colleges aims to assist prospective students in finding schools and programs that match educational interests and affordability. To learn about how the program ranks schools, visit the Methodology page.
The high-value, low-cost education offered by PennWest Edinboro has earned multiple recognitions for value and affordability from OnlineU, a website of the education publishing company SR Education Group.
OnlineU named Edinboro's Master of Arts in Communication Studies degree the No. 25 spot in the 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Communications Master's Degrees.
Edinboro 9th ranked among the 21 institutions on Online U's 2017 list of the most affordable online counseling degrees. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online counseling degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Edinboro was recognized for its Master of Arts in College Counseling, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Post-Master's Certificate in Art Therapy.
The Boro's Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is #7 in OnlineU's 2016 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.
The rankings are available at OnlineU.org.
Best College Values, an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost, has ranked PennWest Edinboro'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."
PennWest Edinboro's much-lauded Master of Social Work program received a top-10 national ranking in the 2017 Top Online MSW Programs list - based entirely on feedback from students and graduates.
One former Edinboro student touted the university's challenging curriculum and the competitive nature of the program. The reviewer noted: "I found the tuition to be affordable, the staff to be personal and empathetic... If that's what you're looking for, Edinboro is a great choice."
The online MSW, one of PennWest Edinboro'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:
PennWest Edinboro'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.
The high-value, low-cost education offered by PennWest Edinboro 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 Edinboro's online graduate programs as #2 in Pennsylvania in its 2014 Most Affordable Online Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.
The book College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities by Chris Wise Tiedemann in 2012 recognized PennWest Edinboro 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 educational website Best Counseling Degrees featured PennWest Edinboro'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 Edinboro'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.
Online nursing programs offered by PennWest Edinboro in consortium with Clarion University
ranked 4th in OnlineU.org's list of the 25 most affordable schools offering online
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.
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 The Boro'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.