SRU earns trio of “College of Distinction” accolades


North Hall

June 26, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has again earned a rather distinctive trifecta of accolades, being named a 2018-19 national "College of Distinction," a Pennsylvania "College of Distinction" and a public "College of Distinction" by The University earned similar distinctions in 2017-18.

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"We are absolutely thrilled to recognize SRU as a College of Distinction for its dedication to student success and successful outcomes," said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. "Colleges of Distinction is impressed with SRU's curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college."

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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 alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more..

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"Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities," said Schritter. "We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience and are constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. SRU stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed."

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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