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Money Magazine - "Best College in Nebraska"

Money Magazine - Best College in NebraskaWayne State College earned the title “Best College in Nebraska" from Money Magazine by measurement of WSC's quality of education, affordability, and alumni success. The rating placed the college at 145th nationally from more than 700 selected schools that met the magazine's criteria to be considered for this award out of 2,000 four-year U.S. colleges and universities. 

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SR Education Group - Most Affordable Online College for MSE

Most Affordable Online College (SR Education Group)SR Education Group ranks Wayne State College as No. 20 in the 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Education.

This ranking represents online schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students. The company manually researches the tuition of every college offering fully online degrees to determine and rank the most affordable choices.

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Schools.com - Best College for Chemistry Degree Program

Best School for Chemistry 2018Wayne State College ranks as the No. 2 best college for its chemistry program. Students who enroll in chemistry degree programs can use their degree as a launching point for a wide range of interesting careers. There are  hundreds of companies and industries that need chemists and chemical engineers to create and develop new products. Laboratory research is a common career path for chemists, but many chemistry graduates find rewarding careers in textile sciences, hazardous waste management, forensic science, medicinal chemistry, oil, and petroleum chemistry and dozens of other fields and scientific endeavors.

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Student Loan Report - Most Financial Aid Awarded to International Students

Wayne State College Ranked for Awarding the Most Financial Aid to International StudentsWayne State College ranks No. 117 out of more than 4,000 colleges nationwide for awarding the most financial aid to international students, in the forms of scholarships, loans, grants, work-study compensation, and part-time compensation.

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SR Education Group - Most Affordable Online College

SR Education Group - Most Affordable Online College (Sport Management)SR Education Group - Most Affordable Online College (MBA)WSC's Sport Management program ranks fifth, and the MBA program ranks sixth. 

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Affordable Colleges - MBA program ranks No. 3

Best MBA 2017 - Affordable CollegesAffordablecolleges.com has awarded Wayne State College the rank of 3rd in the nation for most affordable online MBA programs. Rankings by Affordable Colleges only considered colleges that offer students the best return on their educational investment, and schools that provide a robust education without forcing students into debt. 

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Great College Deals - MBA program ranks No. 14

Great College DealsGreat College Deals selected the 20 best deals and ranked them based on total number of points. Points were awarded based on the following criteria: the number of specializations and concentration areas within the MBA program; small class size and low student-to-faculty ratios; student body diversity; and the availability of special projects and internships. Featured colleges scored the highest among schools with tuition and fees less than $12,000 annually, per the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. 

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Top Counseling Schools - Counseling program ranks No. 3 in Nebraska

Top Counseling Schools - Best ValueThis ranking was created using the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) to acquire lists of the accredited counseling degrees available in each state. The top programs in Nebraska were ranked based on program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees. 

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Get Educated - "Best Buy" for Online MBAs

Get Educated - Best BuyWayne State College’s online master of business administration was ranked the third “Best Buy” among distance MBAs by GetEducated.com’s national online degree review team. This affordability ranking is based on a comprehensive review of more than 450 regionally accredited MBAs. A Best Buy ranking award indicates an online degree program has been independently reviewed and falls below the national average cost of similar programs. 

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President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor RollWayne State College has been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year and is one of only six higher education institutions in Nebraska to be named to the Honor Roll in any category. 

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Affordable Colleges Online

Best Master's - Education and TeachingAffordable Colleges Online, a leading education and industry resource for online education information, ranks WSC for having one of the best online education programs in the nation. The program is in the top 45 on Affordable Colleges Online’s list. 

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Best Master's Degrees

Best Master's Degrees - Most AffordableWayne State College ranks No. 4 among the top 10 most affordable online master's in business administration degree programs by Best Master's Degrees.  

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U.S. News and World Report

Wayne State was ranked 21st among public universities in the Midwest, and 72nd among all regional universities, both public and private, in the most recent U.S. News rankings. Wayne State was 32nd among regional public universities and 88th overall last year.

Wayne State’s ranking in U.S. News places the college second among public institutions and fourth among both public and private schools in Nebraska. The college ranks third among the 16 schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in which it competes in Division II athletics.

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Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings

Washington Monthly awarded Wayne State the highest overall score of any public institution in Nebraska, with the college ranked second among all public and private schools in the state. The college also ranked second for community service participation and for the quality of its service staff, courses and financial aid support in Nebraska among public and private institutions. Wayne State ranks 116th out of 684 master’s universities in the U.S. 

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Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction 2017-18Colleges of Distinction 2017-18Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of looking for the richest or the most famous schools, the guide asks which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow and to succeed. A “College of Distinction” is nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school, strongly focused on teaching undergraduates, home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, an active campus with many opportunities for personal development, and highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation. 

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Military Friendly College

Military Friendly SchoolWayne State enrolls 72 military students using some type of the G.I. Bill at the undergraduate and graduate level. The college also was named to the 2013 and 2014 Military Friendly Schools List. The list includes the top 15 percent of colleges and universities that make an extra effort to embrace America’s military service members as students. There are more than 1,700 schools on the Military Friendly Schools list this year. 

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Wayne State College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” Director for G.I. Jobs Sean Collins said.



Campus Compact

Wayne State College joined 11 other Nebraska colleges and universities to found the new Nebraska Campus Compact (NCC) in 2011, an affiliate of a national organization that promotes service-learning and civic engagement among college students.

The 12 founding members of NCC are College of St. Mary, Doane College, Hastings College, Nebraska Methodist College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Peru State College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Wayne State College and Western Nebraska Community College. The Nebraska compact links and supports Nebraska institutions' efforts to promote service-learning and civic engagement.