Edinboro University online graduate programs again ranked among best in nation


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Two Edinboro University academic programs earned Top 100 honors in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings, which considered 500 higher-education institutions across the nation.

The multi-platform publisher of authoritative rankings for higher education granted Edinboro University the No. 31 national ranking in the 2020 Best Online Nursing Programs list and the No. 96 ranking in the 2020 Best Online Education Programs list.

This marks the fifth consecutive year in which Edinboro has earned Top 100 spots in the coveted national rankings.

“Quality academic programming combined with dedicated faculty members leads to student success, which is our top priority at Edinboro University,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of Edinboro’s School of Graduate Studies. “Edinboro University’s online structure has proven to meet the needs of graduate students from all backgrounds in the region and beyond.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through post-secondary school through 2024. Likewise, the health-care industry is expected to add nearly 450,000 registered nurses and more than 65,000 nurse practitioners by 2026.

Erica Green, who graduated in December with a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, applauds the online format and live chats and discussions with Edinboro University colleagues and professors. She said this allowed her to provide and receive valuable feedback.

“Through my experience of online learning at Edinboro University I was able to grow as both a student and a professional,” said Green, who earned outstanding graduate student honors in her program. “The professors went above and beyond to give guidance and support throughout the program. My experience with Edinboro’s online program was invaluable.”

Edinboro’s online graduate education program is one of only two schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to earn a Top 100 ranking, with Clarion receiving the No. 78 rank.

The average starting annual salary for Pennsylvania teachers ranges from $40,000 to $55,000, nearly twice the average starting salary for all occupations in the state, with experienced teachers earning upwards of $70,000 per year.

Edinboro University offers graduate nursing programs, including Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in consortium with Clarion University. This consortium is the only program in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to earn Top 100 rankings in the nursing sector.

In 2017, Edinboro’s DNP earned a 5-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the maximum duration for a first-time applicant. EU graduated its first cohort of DNP students in May 2017.

BLS ranked Pennsylvania the fifth-highest state in registered nurse employment, with RNs earning a mean annual salary of just under $70,000.

U.S. News & World Report evaluates national programs each year based on admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology.

Comprehensive rankings and program profiles are available at www.usnews.com/online.

Edinboro University offers more than 25 award-winning and nationally accredited graduate programs in the arts, business, communications, counseling, education, nursing, psychology, social work and speech-language pathology.

For more information about Edinboro University’s nationally recognized catalogue of online graduate programs, visit gradschool.edinboro.edu or contact the School of Graduate Studies at (814) 732-2856 or gradstudies@edinboro.edu.