Awards and Rankings

Awards and Rankings

SRU is continually recognized with awards, rankings and other accolades from the top national publications, websites and other organizations that evaluate institutions and their academic programs. Below are some of these honors from the last year. Faculty, staff, students and alumni who are recognized with awards have their achievements shared on the News section of our website.

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“Best Colleges in the Northeast” by Princeton Review
The Princeton Review recognized Slippery Rock University on its "Best Northeastern" list as part of its "2023 Best College: Region by Region" guide. SRU is one of only 23% of the nation's four-year colleges to earn the distinction of “regional best” by the Princeton Review editors. Schools are grouped into five zones –– Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International.

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One of the best national colleges and universities by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
For a sixth straight year, Slippery Rock University was ranked in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2022. SRU was among 796 institutions ranked nationally by WSJ/THE, which started ranking colleges and universities in 2017 based on its four "pillars" of resources, engagement, outcomes and environment.

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“Best Regional Universities” and “Top Public Schools – Regional Universities” by U.S. News and World Report
Slippery Rock University is ranked among the "Best Regional Universities - North" and "Top Public Schools - Regional Universities (North)" on The U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Colleges rankings. SRU earned a spot on the publication's Best Regional Universities list for a 14th straight year in 2022-23.

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One of the best national colleges and universities  Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
Best Regional Universities – North – U.S. News & World Report
Top Public Schools – Regional Universities North – U.S. News & World Report
Best in the Northeast – Princeton Review
One of the best national Master's Universities and "Best Bang for the Buck" - Washington Monthly 
College of Distinction (national, public, and Pennsylvania) – Colleges of Distinction
Best Colleges – Money
Best Public College in Pennsylvania for Getting a Job – Zippia
Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania – College Choice
Best Online Bachelor’s Programs – U.S. News & World Report
Top Adult Degree Programs, 2021 – Abound: Finish College
Best Accredited Online Colleges in Pennsylvania – EDsmart
Career Development badge – Colleges of Distinction
Military Support badge – Colleges of Distinction
Equity & Inclusion badge – Colleges of Distinction
Military Friendly School, 2021-22, Gold status for Small Public School category – VIQTORY
One of North America’s “Cool Schools” – The Sierra Club
Named one of the nation’s “Greenest” colleges – Princeton Review, Guide to Green Colleges
The Best Colleges in Pennsylvania in 2021 – BestValueSchools.org
Cheapest Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2021 – BestValueSchools.org
Most Innovative Schools – Regional Universities North – U.S. News & World Report
Best Colleges for Veterans – Regional Universities North – U.S. News & World Report
Best Value Schools – Regional Universities North – U.S. News & World Report
Top Performer in Social Mobility – Regional Universities North – U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania – BestColleges.com
Best Bachelor's Degree Colleges for the Money Ranking – College Factual
Best College, Top Quality, Nationwide – College Factual
Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania – Intelligent.com
Most Affordable Master's Degree Programs – Intelligent.com
Best Bachelor's Degrees in Pennsylvania -University Headquarters
Best Master's Degrees in Pennsylvania -University Headquarters

INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS

Best Online Master's in Elementary Education Programs #1 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in Social Studies Degree Programs #1 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in English Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Social Studies Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in English Language Learning Degree Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Law Enforcement Administration Degree Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Environmental Management Degree Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Math Education Degree Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in K-12 Education Degree Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best History Degree Programs #2 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in History Degree Programs #3 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Elementary Education Degree Programs #4 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Secondary Education Degree Programs #4 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Health Informatics Degree Programs #6 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Education Degree Programs #6 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in English Language Learning Programs #7 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in Environmental Management Programs #7 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Special Education Degree Programs #7 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in Reading and Literacy Programs #8 - Intelligent.com
Best Online History Degree Programs #8 - Intelligent.com
Best RN to BSN Programs #10 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in Law Enforcement Administration Programs #12 - Intelligent.com
Best Sports Management Degree Programs #13 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in History Programs #15 - Intelligent.com
Best Online Master's in Math Education Degree Programs #32 - Intelligent.com
Best Master's in Health Informatics Programs #39 - Intelligent.com
Field of Study badge (education) - Colleges of Distinction
Field of Study badge (business) - Colleges of Distinction
Field of Study badge (nursing) - Colleges of Distinction
Best Online Bachelor's in Business Programs - U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs - U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Master's in Education Programs - U.S. News & World Report
Best Online MBA Programs - U.S. News & World Report