Edinboro University online graduate programs again earn top national rankings


U.S. News & World Report 2021

Two Edinboro University academic programs earned Top 100 honors in the 2021 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. 32 national ranking in the 2021 Best Online Nursing Programs list and the No. 83 ranking in the 2021 Best Online Education Programs list.

“This is very exciting news for our graduate programs at Edinboro because we make dedicated efforts to improve our offerings every year,” said Dr. Erinn Lake, executive director of Edinboro’s School of Graduate Studies and dean of the School of Education. “To us, this means that our outstanding faculty continues to serve high-achieving graduate students and maintain focus on student success.”

This marks the sixth consecutive year in which Edinboro has earned Top 100 spots in the coveted national rankings. Edinboro’s ranking among online education programs increased from 2020, when U.S. News ranked Edinboro No. 96.

Edinboro University has partnered with Clarion University to develop the Master of Science in Nursing –Family Nurse Practitioner Program (MSN-FNP) to train current and future caregivers. The vision of the MSN Program is that students and faculty will be responsive to the needs of a dynamic health care system as they contribute to the welfare of the region, state, and global community through scholarly activities and advanced nursing practice.

The Clarion/Edinboro MSN program provides the foundation for a lifelong process of personal and professional growth as well as for post-graduate education.

For both online ranking methodologies, U.S. News & World Report projects the results based on five categories and their respective weight.

In Nursing and Education, U.S. News considers 30% of the final ranking based on Student Engagement – providing that schools create an experience rewarding enough that students stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time.

Additionally, 20% of the final rank is based on Expert Opinion, following a survey of high-ranking academic officials in education and nursing.

Programs receive 23% (Education) and 20% (Nursing) weight, respectively, for Services and Technology. U.S. News ensures that each program incorporates diverse online learning technologies that allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance.

Faculty Credentials and training account for 20% (Nursing) and 15% (Education) weight in the final rankings, given that each school employs instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs.

Finally, U.S. News measures Student Excellence at 12% (Education) and 10% (Nursing) in that student bodies enter the programs with proven aptitudes, ambitions and accomplishments and can handle the demands of rigorous coursework.

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, communication, 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.