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Value and Rankings

Learn who is talking about our value, rankings and why

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Waynesburg University continues to be a top value school, ranked among the top five best deals of both private and public universities in the Northeast. 

As attention on higher education is turning toward outcomes and fiscal responsibility, new rankings systems that focus primarily on value and job placement are being developed. Consistently ranked as a top school within these systems, Waynesburg University has emerged as a national leader in educational value.

Who is talking about our value?

U.S. News & World Report

Waynesburg University continues to be a Best Value School, ranked among the top five best deals of both private and public universities in the northern United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Money Magazine

Waynesburg University has been named to Money Magazine’s 2020 “Best Colleges For Your Money” list. Waynesburg was one of 70 schools across the state of Pennsylvania to qualify and was fifth among public and private institutions of all sizes in southwestern Pennsylvania.

College Factual

Waynesburg was ranked a “Best for the Money” in College Factual’s 2021 “Best Colleges Nationwide” ranking. Waynesburg was in the top 5.5% nationwide and was ranked No. 82 out of the 1,472 schools considered. Statewide, Waynesburg is ranked at No. 11 out of the 111 Pennsylvania schools on the list.

The Economist

In The Economist's first-ever college rankings, which measured 1,275 colleges and universities based on how much graduates actually earn versus their projected earnings, Waynesburg ranked in the top 100 nationwide.

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution scored universities based on the value they added to student outcomes irrespective of student characteristics, based on the earnings of alumni. Waynesburg ranked higher than 92% of the 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed.

Why are they talking about our value?


Our student loan default rate of 4.6% is much lower than the national average of 9.7%.


Tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is more than $11,000 below the national average for private, non-profit, four-year colleges.


More than 90% of Waynesburg students receive some form of financial aid each year.

What else is noteworthy?

Other ranking systems that evaluate high-impact educational practices, commitment to service and campus aesthetics have recognized Waynesburg University.

High-Impact Educational Practices

Waynesburg University has been named a national College of Distinction for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes American higher education institutions for their commitment to the implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices. The University was also named a Christian College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and a College of Distinction in Business, Education and Nursing.

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Our commitment to service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Waynesburg University to its most recent President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s eighth consecutive year receiving the honor. Waynesburg University was one of 115 schools on the General Community Service Honor Roll with distinction and only one of 12 in the state of Pennsylvania identified with distinction.

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Our beautiful campus

Waynesburg University was recently named one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World” by Christian Universities Online. Ranked at No. 22, the University was one of three Pennsylvania institutions recognized. The schools recognized not only provide a high-quality education and thorough devotion to Christian principles, but are also aesthetically pleasing, “boasting some of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth,” according to the Christian Universities Online website.

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How do our programs rank?

Many of our top majors have been recognized for academic excellence and value throughout the region and nationwide.

Top 2% for value nationwide 

Waynesburg University's Criminal Justice Administration Program was recognized nationally as a “Best Value" by College Factual, ranked at No. 7 out of the 387 school programs ranked. College Factual ranks schools for best value by estimating the actual average cost for an undergraduate degree, using the quality results from the best colleges ranking and personalized factors, such as location, cost and financial aid.

No. 2 in Pennsylvania 

The Criminal Justice Administration Program was also recognized for value by College Factual by being ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania in the 2020 "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings.

Top 5 Program in Nation

Waynesburg's Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation (MACI) Program was recognized as a “Best Online Masters” Crime Scene Investigation Program, ranking in the top five of all similar programs in the nation. The Program was also awarded the distinction of “Most Customizable."

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Waynesburg University's Department of Communication was nationally recognized as a best value in the 2020 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings. The University was placed in the top 2% nationwide for communication and journalism and No. 3 in Pennsylvania.

Student newspaper wins big

The student-run newspaper at Waynesburg University, The Yellow Jacket, recently received two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). They include First Place with Special Merit and Most Outstanding Cover or Front Page.

During the 17-18 academic year, The Yellow Jacket also won nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4, which includes Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. The newspaper’s staff members received the awards in the categories of feature writing, general news, feature photography and sports writing.

In 2017, The Yellow Jacket received eight awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) in the Division II category, for four year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000, from work during the 2017 calendar year.

In 2016, the newspaper won the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting, Small School Division. The award represented the newspaper’s first national-level win.

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Top value in Pennsylvania 

Waynesburg University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling have been ranked a top value in Pennsylvania based on data that was provided in part by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs (CACREP) by Top Counseling Schools (TCS).

The ranking cited the University’s accredited programs in addiction counseling and mental health counseling, in addition to single-digit class sizes, National Counselor Exam (NCE) pass rates just under 90 percent, and job placement rates of virtually 100 percent shortly after graduation.

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no. 3 for value in state 

Waynesburg's Psychology Progam was recognized as a best value in the 2020 College Factual "Best Colleges Nationwide" rankings, being listed among the top 5% of schools in the nation and ranked No. 3 in the state of Pennsylvania.

Top 10% Value nationwide

Waynesburg University's accounting major was recognized as a 2020 “Best Value for the Money” by College Factual. Waynesburg ranked No. 45 out of 601 schools listed, placing it in the top 10% nationwide, and No. 4 in the state of Pennsylvania for value.

Strategy for the 21st Century

Steadfast Commitment to Mission, Outcomes and Value

Waynesburg University consistently receives accolades as a University of distinction for its mission, outcomes and value. Those same differentiators often drive students’ decisions about education. With the world of higher education constantly changing, Waynesburg University continues to strategically evolve while remaining focused on these very important factors. 

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