Waynesburg University ranks high for degree value, graduate employability

Waynesburg University has been ranked a top value college in an outcome-based college rankings index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC), which describes its rankings as an effort to deliver on the promise of the federal government's College Scorecard by providing “actual college outcomes data.”

“The Index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the over 1,200 colleges ranked within our system,” said ETC founder Michael R. Havis. “We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to persons who are similarly situated in other colleges.”

Waynesburg University ranked No. 104 out of the more than 1,200 schools listed in the nationwide ETC College Rankings Index. Included in the ranking are four-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students.

According to ETC, colleges in the top third of the ETC Index have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in their field of study and the earnings of graduates are relatively high. In addition, a majority of students graduate in four or five years and loan default rates are very low.

Waynesburg University’s career path analysis report states that 96 percent of 2012 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. Additionally, according to the federal government's College Scorecard, the loan default rate for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent, which is substantially lower than the national average of 14.7 percent.

The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students, according to a description of the index on the group's website.

Waynesburg University was also recently selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Value School – Regional Universities (North) in the 2014 “U.S. News Best Colleges” ranking, which identifies the top 15 “Best Value Schools” in the northern region of the country.


University graduates achieve 96 percent placement rate

Within one year of graduation, 96 percent of Waynesburg University alumni reported working full-time or attending graduate school.

The University’s Career Services and Placement Office recently released its graduate career path analysis, detailing that the 96 percent placement rate is reflective of a 77 percent response rate.

“I think if we’ve got basically three-quarters of students that we have data on and that the vast majority of them are on their career path, it says that we’re doing a good job of preparing them to go where they want to be,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for student services.

The University encourages and often requires internships as an important component of academic development. This enables students to gain experience in a real world setting before graduation, making them more attractive on the job market. Students also benefit from an immersive educational experience where hands-on learning is made possible by state-of-the art facilities and mentorship from professors.


Commitment to service lands University on Community Service Honor Roll for sixth consecutive year

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s sixth consecutive year receiving the honor.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

“Congratulations to Waynesburg University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.” More



Waynesburg University named one of 25 most beautiful Christian universities

Waynesburg University has been selected as one of the most beautiful Christian colleges in America for 2013 by the editors of

According to the editors, the list was put together as an aid for prospective students looking for a Christian school where their quest for truth will be enhanced by truly beautiful surroundings. All of the schools included on the list are members or affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Spanning 70 acres, the University’s historic campus is nestled in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. More