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University Rankings and Awards

Cabrini University is proud to be acknowledged for our dedication to our students and to our mission of providing an Education of the Heart.

U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Colleges rankings place Cabrini University at #31 for Social Mobility among Regional Colleges-North. The ranking measures the University's success in advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. 

Cabrini University has been recognized as part of the 2021-22 cohort of Colleges of Distinction, which honors schools that distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience, including the success and satisfaction of their students. The University also received Colleges of Distinction’s national endorsement for its programs in Business, Career Development, and Education.


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The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation body for business education, granted the University’s undergraduate Business Department full accreditation. Achieving this status requires a demanding internal and external review to ensure that programs meet established standards of excellence.

Cabrini was recognized as one of Abound’s 2021 Top Adult Degree Program providers, based on accessibility, affordability, acceleration, and advancement. The list focuses on flexible classes and services, affordable courses, a range of quality programs, and degrees that help students advance in their field. 


educate to career logoEducate to Career ranked Cabrini University as a Tier 1 University for the ability to offer a quality education under any conceivable scenarioin-classroom, online, or a blend of each format.

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Cabrini University was included in the ninth annual edition of America’s Best Value Colleges (www.BestValueColleges.org). The recognition is based on University Research and Review’s rigorous criteria for student engagement and satisfaction, top-notch academic programs, reasonable costs, and financial aid.

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Cabrini University has been designated as a 2020–2021 Military Friendly® School. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Cabrini University has been recognized as part of the 20-year anniversary cohort of Colleges of Distinction, which honors schools that distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. 

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The University also received Colleges of Distinction’s national endorsement for its programs in Business, Career Development, and Education.

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SR Education Group Award Badge for Cabrini Ranking Among 2020 Best Online Bachelor's Degrees in PA


Based on alumni salaries and affordable tuition by SR Education Group, Cabrini ranks among schools offering the 2020 Best Online Master’s in Degrees in Pennsylvania



Money Magazine named Cabrini among the 2019 Most Transformative Colleges in the Nation. Cabrini was one of only four Pennsylvania colleges named in the top-40 ranking, which is based on “value add,” including graduation rates, graduate earnings, and student loan repayment.


Cabrini was recognized as a Best College of Distinction 2019-2020, drawing on the overarching distinctions of Student Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.

In addition to the overall ranking, Cabrini was honored as a Pennsylvania and Catholic College of Distinction, and awarded badges for its programs in Business, Education, and Career Development.

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Cabrini was named a Best Master's in Education Online 2019 by Intelligent.comCabrini is one of only two institutions in the region to gain this recognition. The top-ranked programs were evaluated and selected based on program strength, student engagement, and return on investment potential.


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Cabrini was named a 2018-2019 Career Development College of Distinction for its exemplary commitment to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes


Cabrini was named one of the nation's “Best Colleges for the Money,” by College Factual. Institutions were evaluated on graduate earnings, percent of the university’s student body pursuing a specific major, the market, and post-graduate resources.

College Factual also highlighted Cabrini in the top 5 percent for value across schools in the mid-Atlantic and Pennsylvania, and named six Cabrini programs in the top 5 percent for value and/or focus in their area: Accounting, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology, Psychology, Special Education, and Social Work.

Cabrini made it into the Best Northern Universities 2018 Rankings by U.S. News & World Report. We were one of only a handful of institutions across the nation to move up more than 10 spots in one year!

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Cabrini received Top Grad School 2018 accolades from Abound. According to Abound's methodology, institutions are assessed based on the accessibility of classes for working professionals; affordability; how swiftly degrees can be achieved; and how much the degrees can help students advance in their respective fields.

Cabrini earned recognition as a Top Grad School in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, as well, and for our programs in Business (Master of Science in Leadership, Master of Accounting, and Doctorate in Organizational Development); Education (Master of Education and Doctorate in Educational Leadership); Public Affairs (Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice); and Science (Master of Science in Biological Sciences).  

CollegeAtlas.org named Cabrini one of the 100 Schools That Award the Most Financial Aid Per Student

Cabrini was named one of the 2017–18—Best Colleges by MONEY, a ranking that takes into consideration educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.

According to MONEY, these rankings are the "first to combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with all reliable indicators of alumni financial success, along with a unique analysis of how much 'value' a college adds when compared to other schools that take in similar students."

PayScale Best Value School 2017

 Cabrini was named a 2017 Best Value School in PayScale's College ROI Report, an acknowledgment that Cabrini is setting up our alumni for success in the job market and providing the best monetary return on investing in a Cabrini education.


Top 50 Best Small College in 2017


Based on data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics regarding enrollment, retention, graduation rate, tuition, and degrees, Cabrini ranked in Best College Review's Top 50 Best Small Colleges in the U.S. in 2017. According to Best College Review, Cabrini was recognized in part for its strong emphasis on social justice; Cabrini was one of the first universities to make community service a graduation requirement.


College of Distinction 2016-2017

Cabrini was named a 2016–2017 College of Distinction, awarded for our "innovative application of high impact educational practices."

Colleges of Distinction are nominated by high school counselors and educators, and are then evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation. Schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions—Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s first-year experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

Cabrini also received the College of Distinction badges for Business and Education for its first-rate programs and recognized professional accreditations in these fields. 





Best Value Top College 2017 - ETC Rankings


Cabrini was named a 2017 Best Value Top College by Educate To Career on its College Rankings Index, the only system that rates colleges by the Economic Value Added delivered to graduates. The ETC College Rankings Index compares each college's record for improving the labor market outcomes for students, quantifying skills like workforce preparedness, maximization of earnings, and employability.



Military Friendly School 2016

Cabrini was named a 2016 Military Friendly® School on Victory Media’s Military Friendly® rating list for providing civilian opportunities for veterans.

The list recognizes colleges and companies with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service, and military spouses.

Cabrini was rated for its on-campus support, graduation and employment outcomes, military spouse policies, small class size, psychological services, and the overall feel of community in every student interaction.


President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


The Corporation for Community and National Service has honored Cabrini with:

  • The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • The President’s Higher Education Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll
  • The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (Education)

These awards recognize institutions of higher education that support exemplary community‑service programs.

Cabrini also has been recognized for community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 








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