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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 ranked in the top 2 percent of the 1,500 colleges and universities surveyed in the “America's Best Colleges” 2020 edition of U.S. News & World ReportThe 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) 2018 Open Doors report ranked Webster among the top universities in Missouri for sending students to study abroad and for hosting international students. The report also ranks Webster in the top third of all institutions for hosting international students and sending students to study abroad. 

Great Value Colleges
Webster University is among the Great Value Colleges' Top 30 Study Abroad Programs. Webster’s program was praised for its array of choices ranging from locations in Asia, Europe and Africa to opportunities for short academic trips to Cuba, Scotland and other countries.


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 15th in the 2021 edition, and first among St. Louis-area schools in this category for the 11th consecutive year. The publication also recognized Webster in several categories of distinction, including Best for Veterans, Top Performers in Social Mobility, Economic Diversity among Top 25, and Best Value School.

Webster's Study Abroad program was one of only 56 out of 1,500 institutions placed on U.S. News & World Report's 2020 ranking. This is the 12th time Webster has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its study abroad programs since 2003. 

Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly magazine in 2019 again named Webster University as among the best universities in the country in its 2019 College Guide and Rankings, which ranked the best national universities that help “non-wealthy” students attain marketable degrees. It also listed Webster in its "Best Bang for the Buck: Midwest Universities" category. The magazine measured the “public good” that a university or college contributes in order to come up with the ranking, examining social mobility of students, research, and public service.

Forbes Magazine
In 2019, Webster was recognized among America's Top Colleges by Forbes magazine for the ninth consecutive year.

Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2020 includes Webster in its ranking of the top institutions in the country. 

In 2019 WalletHub named Webster University the second-best university in Missouri, the 36th best in the Midwest, and the 159th best in the United States for undergraduate students who want to earn the best degree at the lowest possible cost.

CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index found Webster excels in offering accessible and affordable bachelor’s degrees for students from households that earn less than the average national income. Importantly, the study concludes that Webster graduates typically increase their earning potential by securing employment that increases their income level from precollegiate levels. In fact, the University is one of the best in the country for increasing social mobility for these students, ranking first among all St. Louis regional institutions and sixth in the nation among private institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa Society Transfer Honor Roll
For the fourth consecutive year in 2020, Webster University was named to the Phi Theta Kappa Society Transfer Honor Roll for its work in helping students transfer from community colleges into baccalaureate programs. Webster is one of only 122 institutions, and one of three universities in Missouri, to make the list.

Returning Adults and Non-Traditional Students
College Factual ranked Webster University one of the best schools in the nation for returning adults and other non-traditional students in its 2019 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students analysis. The ranking analyzed 1159 colleges and universities.

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).

Animation Career Review named Webster University among the best animation programs in the country and top five in Missouri, with the latest ranking in 2019.


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.

A Top MBA Program
Webster's MBA program is ranked among the largest in the greater St. Louis region by the St. Louis Business Journal. 

In 2019 WalletHub named Webster University the second-best university in Missouri, the 36th best in the Midwest, and the 159th best in the United States for undergraduate students who want to earn the best degree at the lowest possible cost.

St. Louis Graduates: Degrees with Less Debt
The non-profit organization St. Louis Graduates in 2020 ranked Webster as one of five universities in Missouri and Southern Illinois that stand out for enrolling significant percentages of low-income students and Black students and supporting them to graduate with less debt. The reported data indicate that Webster has the highest percentage of Black undergraduate students, the highest graduation rate for Black students, and the highest graduation rate for Black Pell Grant recipients among the five schools named in the report.

Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis
Webster University was named one of the best employers in St. Louis for women by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (WFSTL) in 2019. The recognition is based on the results of the annual “Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard initiative” survey. 


U.S. News & World Report named three of Webster University’s online programs among the best in the country in its 2019 Best Online Programs report, highlighting Webster's online MBA, online business and online graduate education programs.

Webster University offers the best online courses in Missouri for college students working on a bachelor’s or master’s degree, according to in 2017. Nationally, the evaluation ranked Webster sixth out of 1,461 colleges and universities in the ranking.

In 2019 ranked Webster University 30th in the nation among accredited colleges with online programs, and its online MBA program was ranked 2nd in the nation. recognized Webster as among the best online master's in education programs in the country, the latest recognition coming in 2019.


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. 

Military Times
Military Times named Webster University to its “2019 Best for Vets: Colleges” list for the seventh consecutive year. Webster was in the top 100 of more than 650 schools surveyed.

U.S. News & World Report Best for Vets
In its “America’s Best Colleges 2021” list, U.S. News & World Report recognized Webster as among the best universities and colleges in the United States for veterans. 

U.S. Veterans Magazine
In 2019 Webster University was recognized as a Top Veteran-Friendly School in U.S. Veterans Magazine's "Best of the Best" 2019.

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 known for providing an environment in which diverse students can be successful and earn degrees; 52 percent of Webster graduate students self-identify as an ethnic minority.

Economic Diversity and Social Mobility
In its “America’s Best Colleges 2020” list, U.S. News & World Report recognized Webster for its economic diversity and success with students who receive Pell grants, and as a "Best Value" school and among "Best Colleges for Veterans." The magazine also recognized Webster on its inaugural Social Mobility ranking, which recognizes schools that best serve underrepresented students.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (DIHE)
In 2018 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 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 27 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 2018 survey Webster also was recognized as:

  • First in African American master's degrees nationally among private non-profit and public institutions, and second 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
  • Third nationally for master's degrees conferred to all minority men combined, and second among Black or African-American men
  • 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.

Women in the Workplace

Webster University was named one of the best employers in St. Louis for women, according to the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (WFSTL) “Women in the Workplace: Employment Scorecard initiative” based on its 2018 survey. 

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 2019 Webster won the SLIAC All-Sports Trophy for the 18th time in the past 21 years. The Webster baseball team advanced to the Division III Baseball National Championship, also known as the College World Series, in 2012 and 2013, 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, having won its fifth straight College Chess national championship in 2017 – the President's Cup, also known as the Final Four of Collegiate Chess – and having qualified for the Final Four eight consecutive years. The team won the top spot at the annual Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship for seven 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. The program and its teams have continued to see success on the national level, most recently winning the team sweepstakes award and seeing a repeat national championship at the 2017 Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics and Debate Tournament

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