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Angelo State Added to ‘Colleges of Distinction’ Site

December 10, 2010

Angelo State University is one of 170 schools, representing 39 states, selected to the 2010-11 list of top colleges nationally by CollegesofDistinction.com, an online guide that recognizes colleges and universities that appeal to students’ varied interests.

CollegesofDistinction.com, which identified ASU as one of several new “up and coming” universities, honors colleges excelling in key areas of educational quality, according to site executive editor Tyson Schritter.

“Schools selected as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” Schritter said. “While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education.”

Angelo State is the only public university among seven Texas universities included in the 2010-11 Colleges of Distinction list. Inclusion on the recruiting website is the latest honor to increase ASU’s visibility nationally. For the last two years, the university has been recognized both by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges nationally and by G.I. Jobs magazine as a military friendly school. Earlier this year, ASU was also included in the third edition of America’s Best Colleges for B Students.

“Cumulatively,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “these multiple honors enhance our national reputation by recognizing the quality of our educational programs and the success of our graduates. The recognition helps provide a strong foundation for our future growth and for our success in meeting our strategic goals.”

Schritter said, “Colleges featured on the site are leading the way in important advances in higher education, including the embrace of experiential learning opportunities.”

To qualify for inclusion on the website, colleges must demonstrate excellence in areas CollegesofDistinction.com calls the “Four Distinctions:” 1) engaged students; 2) great teaching; 3) vibrant communities; and 4) successful outcomes.

“The college-bound community,” said Schritter, “needed a site to research vetted institutions without having to pay a subscription fee. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and have a truly national reputation.”

The online guide is available at www.collegesofdistinction.com.