2012-2013 Colleges of Distinction Designate Honors to 294 Colleges and Universities in North America

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Schools Impress with their Undergraduate Educational Opportunities

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- 294 colleges and universities representing 42 states and two countries, United States and Canada, are honored as Colleges of Distinction for the 2012-2013 school year.


"These schools are among the very best in North America. Each school goes above and beyond the Four Distinctions that reallymake an undergraduate education: Great Students, Engaged Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes," said Tyson Schritter, Executive Editor of the Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook (available via Amazon, Apple's iBookstore, and Barnes & Noble's Nook Bookstore) and corresponding website,

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors' recommendations as well as quantitative research. Schools featured on represent the cutting edge of higher education including experiential learning, study abroad, and internships.  

The website,, offers free dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

"While each school designated as College of Distinction is unique, they are all a great place to get an education," Schritter said. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools. High school students can use the site to find the right school for them.

2012 ? 2013 Colleges of Distinction:

AlabamaBirmingham-Southern CollegeSamford UniversitySpring Hill CollegeUniversity of Montevallo

ArizonaPrescott College

ArkansasJohn Brown University

CaliforniaAzusa Pacific UniversityCalifornia Baptist UniversityCalifornia College of the ArtsChapman UniversityDominican University of CaliforniaHoly Names UniversityMills CollegeNotre Dame de Namur UniversityPacific Union CollegeSaint Mary's College of CaliforniaSimpson UniversityUniversity of La VerneUniversity of San DiegoUniversity of San FranciscoVanguard UniversityWestmont CollegeWhittier CollegeWoodbury University

ColoradoColorado Christian UniversityColorado Mesa UniversityFort Lewis CollegeNaropa UniversityUniversity of Denver

ConnecticutEastern Connecticut State UniversityFairfield UniversityQuinnipiac UniversitySacred Heart UniversityUniversity of HartfordUniversity of New HavenUniversity of Saint Joseph

FloridaFlorida Southern CollegeNew College of FloridaPalm Beach Atlantic UniversityRollins CollegeSaint Leo UniversityStetson University

GeorgiaAgnes Scott CollegeBrenau UniversityGeorgia CollegeGeorgia Gwinnett CollegeMercer UniversityOglethorpe UniversityYoung Harris College

IdahoNorthwest Nazarene University

IllinoisAurora UniversityConcordia University ChicagoDominican UniversityElmhurst CollegeIllinois Wesleyan UniversityLake Forest CollegeLewis UniversityLoyola University ChicagoMcKendree UniversityMillikin UniversityMonmouth CollegeNorth Central CollegeOlivet Nazarene UniversityQuincy UniversityRobert Morris UniversitySaint Xavier UniversityUniversity of St. Francis

IndianaAnderson University of IndianaBethel College IndianaGoshen CollegeHoly Cross CollegeSaint Mary's College, Notre Dame, INTaylor UniversityTrine UniversityUniversity of Evansville

IowaBuena Vista UniversityCornell CollegeLoras CollegeLuther CollegeMaharishi University of ManagementMount Mercy UniversityWartburg College

KansasBaker UniversityBenedictine CollegeBethel CollegeTabor College

KentuckyAsbury UniversityBerea CollegeCentre CollegeGeorgetown CollegeThomas More CollegeTransylvania University

LouisianaLoyola University New Orleans

MaineUnity CollegeUniversity of Maine at FarmingtonUniversity of Maine at Fort KentUniversity of Maine at Machias

MarylandFrostburg State UniversityHood CollegeMount St. Mary's UniversitySalisbury UniversitySt. Mary's College of MarylandWashington College

MassachusettsAnna Maria CollegeArt Institute of BostonAssumption CollegeBay Path CollegeEastern Nazarene CollegeEmmanuel CollegeGordon CollegeLasell CollegeLesley UniversityMassachusetts College of Liberal ArtsMerrimack CollegePine Manor CollegeRegis CollegeSimmons CollegeSpringfield CollegeStonehill CollegeSuffolk UniversityWestern New England UniversityWheelock College

MichiganAdrian CollegeAlbion CollegeAlma CollegeCalvin CollegeCornerstone UniversityHillsdale CollegeKettering UniversityMadonna UniversitySiena Heights University

MinnesotaAugsburg CollegeCollege of St. ScholasticaSt. Catherine University

MississippiBelhaven UniversityBlue Mountain CollegeMillsaps CollegeWilliam Carey University

MissouriColumbia CollegePark UniversitySaint Louis UniversityTruman State UniversityWestminster College of MissouriWilliam Jewell College

NebraskaCollege of Saint MaryCreighton UniversityDoane CollegeWayne State College

New HampshireRivier UniversitySaint Anselm CollegeSouthern New Hampshire University

New JerseyRamapo CollegeRichard Stockton College of New JerseySaint Peter's CollegeSeton Hall University

New YorkAdelphi UniversityBuffalo State, SUNYCanisius CollegeCazenovia CollegeCollege of Saint RoseConcordia College New YorkD'Youville CollegeDaemen CollegeDominican CollegeDowling CollegeFordham UniversityHobart & William Smith CollegesHofstra UniversityHoughton CollegeManhattan CollegeMarymount Manhattan CollegeMercy CollegeMolloy CollegeNiagara UniversitySiena CollegeSt. John's UniversitySt. Joseph's CollegeSt. Thomas Aquinas CollegeSUNY CortlandSUNY OswegoThe College at Brockport ? SUNYThe Sage Colleges

North CarolinaHigh Point UniversityMeredith CollegeMount Olive CollegePfeiffer UniversitySalem CollegeWarren Wilson CollegeWestern Carolina University

OhioDefiance CollegeHiram CollegeLake Erie CollegeMount Vernon Nazarene UniversityOhio Northern UniversityOhio Wesleyan UniversityUniversity of DaytonUrbana UniversityWalsh UniversityWittenberg UniversityXavier University

OklahomaOklahoma City UniversityOklahoma Wesleyan UniversityUniversity of Science and Arts of OklahomaThe University of Tulsa

OregonEastern Oregon UniversityGeorge Fox UniversityLinfield CollegeNorthwest Christian UniversityPacific UniversityUniversity of PortlandWillamette University

PennsylvaniaArcadia UniversityChatham UniversityEastern UniversityGeneva CollegeGrove City CollegeKeystone CollegeKing's CollegeLa Roche CollegeMessiah CollegeMisericordia UniversityMoravian CollegeMount Aloysius CollegeMuhlenberg CollegeNeumann UniversityRosemont CollegeSaint Francis UniversitySlippery Rock UniversitySusquehanna University

Rhode IslandProvidence CollegeRhode Island CollegeRoger Williams University

South CarolinaCoastal Carolina UniversityCoker CollegeCollege of CharlestonColumbia College South CarolinaPresbyterian CollegeDakota Wesleyan University

South DakotaDakota Wesleyan University

TennesseeBelmont UniversityKing CollegeLee UniversityLipscomb UniversityMaryville CollegeMilligan CollegeRhodes CollegeTrevecca Nazarene UniversityUnion UniversityUniversity of Tennessee at ChattanoogaUniversity of the South

TexasAbilene Christian UniversityAngelo State UniversityHardin-Simmons UniversityLubbock Christian UniversityMcMurry UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversitySt. Mary's University of San AntonioTexas Christian UniversityUniversity of Dallas

UtahWestminster College of Utah

VermontGoddard CollegeGreen Mountain CollegeSaint Michael's College

VirginiaAverett UniversityEmory & Henry CollegeHampden-Sydney CollegeHollins UniversityMary Baldwin CollegeRandolph CollegeRoanoke CollegeUniversity of Mary WashingtonVirginia Intermont CollegeVirginia Military InstituteVirginia Wesleyan College

WashingtonAntioch University of SeattleCentral Washington UniversityGonzaga UniversitySaint Martin's UniversitySeattle UniversityThe Evergreen State CollegeUniversity of Puget SoundWhitworth University

West VirginiaBethany CollegeDavis & Elkins CollegeShepherd UniversityWest Virginia Wesleyan CollegeWheeling Jesuit University

WisconsinConcordia University WisconsinEdgewood CollegeLawrence UniversityMarquette UniversityRipon CollegeSt. Norbert CollegeUniversity of Wisconsin Superior

CanadaTrinity Western University

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