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Value and Rankings

Learn who is talking about our value, rankings and why

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

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As attention on higher education is turning toward outcomes and fiscal responsibility, rankings systems, such as U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Lists, are focusing on value and job placement. Consistently ranked as a top school within these systems, Waynesburg University has emerged as a national leader in educational value.


Waynesburg University has also been recognized as a 2022-2023 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to engaged, hands-on education. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Waynesburg has earned the distinction.

In addition, the University was named a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and a Christian College of Distinction, as well as a College of Distinction in Business, Education and Nursing. The designations highlight schools that foster a dynamic learning community through a specialized focus of student-centered education.


Who is talking about Waynesburg?

U.S. News & World Report

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

Colleges of Distinction

Waynesburg University has been recognized as a 2022-2023 College of Distinction for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed, marking the seventh consecutive year for the honor.

Why is Waynesburg a best value?


Our student loan default rate of 4.6% is much lower than the national average of 9.6%.


Tuition, room and board at Waynesburg is approximately $13,000 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.

How do our programs rank?

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

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Waynesburg’s Criminal Justice Administration Program ranked No. 2 overall out of the 22 schools named to College Factual’s 2023 “Best Criminal Justice Schools in Pennsylvania” list. The program has consistently been recognized as a best value school by College Factual in the past.

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Best for veterans

The undergraduate Criminal Justice Administration Program is also the No. 1 school on College Factual’s “Most Veteran Friendly in Pennsylvania for Criminal Justice” list for 2023. Read more about the recently launched Veteran and Military Student Services and Initiatives

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Best Online Master's

For the third consecutive year, Waynesburg’s Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation Program was No. 1 in the nation and earned the distinction as the “Intelligent Pick” by Intelligent.

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Explore the Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation Program

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Top master's program

Waynesburg University’s Addictions Counseling Program was recognized as a 2022 Top 50 Master’s Counseling Program for Addiction Counseling by Addiction Counselor, being ranked No. 4 in the country for the second consecutive year.

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Top Online MBA

Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been recognized as a “Top 50 Online MBA Program” by Online Master’s Degrees, ranking No. 21 nationally.

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Explore the Master of Business Administration Program

Overall Rankings and Recognition

Review all of Waynesburg University's regional and national recognition.

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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