SRU earns pair of “Colleges of Distinction” honors


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For the sixth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University has been named a national and Pennsylvania “College of Distinction” by

June 14, 2019

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — With the NBA Finals having concluded less than 24 hours ago, it's only appropriate for Slippery Rock University to admire its own "slam dunk" today as the University has been named a 2019-20 national "College of Distinction" and a Pennsylvania "College of Distinction" by for the sixth straight year.

"We are so proud to see SRU walking the walk," said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. "Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can't be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. That's why it's so encouraging to find SRU take such an innovative approach with its curriculum and high-impact practices to ensure that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique."

College of Distinction Badge

Colleges of Distinction's evaluates institutions based on their commitment to "Four Distinctions:" engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. The selection process consists of a review of an institution's freshman experience and retention efforts as well as its general education program, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more.

"Colleges of Distinction doesn't rank schools, because we know that every student is different in what they need to best learn, grow and succeed," said Schritter. "Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. SRU puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today's ever-evolving society."

Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for more than 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit

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