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SVC’s Cybersecurity Program Ranked No. 3 in the Country

Submitted by Saint Vincent College

LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College ranks No. 3 on Cybersecurity Guide’s 2024 list of the top 25 cybersecurity bachelor’s degree programs in the United States.

“I am very proud to see our cybersecurity program ranked third in the nation,” said Dr. Stephen Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing. “It is recognition of the quality of our program as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and the work of our faculty—in particular, Dr. Anthony Serapiglia.”

In 2020, Saint Vincent was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Central Security Services. SVC is among 15 four-year colleges in Pennsylvania to receive the rating, which considers an institution’s curriculum, faculty profiles and qualifications and maturity of the program.

“To be successful, cybersecurity must be done with a holistic service approach, combining skill, thoughtfulness and compassion—and what better place to instill students with that approach than at a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college such as Saint Vincent,” said Dr. Anthony Serapiglia, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computing and Information Systems (CIS). “We continue to grow and evolve our cybersecurity program to address the issues of today and prepare for the threats of the future.”

Although Saint Vincent first offered a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity in 2017, cybersecurity has been part of the College’s CIS program for decades. SVC graduates have gone on to careers with government agencies such as the FBI and NSA; international companies such as Crowdstrike, Microsoft and Red Hat; and regional companies such as UPMC and USX.

Additionally, the SVC Cyber Defense Competition team competes each spring in the challenging Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

Cybersecurity Guide evaluates only programs that are rated as Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. Its national top 25 rankings are determined by factors including graduation rates, retention data and tuition cost.