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ASU Makes Colleges of Distinction List

September 12, 2012

Angelo State University is the only public institution out of nine Texas universities to make the 2012-13 list of top colleges nationally as identified by, an online guide that recognizes colleges and universities that appeal to students’ varied interests.

This marks the third straight year that ASU has made the Colleges of Distinction list.  Universities are selected for excellence in four key areas identified by as the “Four Distinctions,” which are engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

Colleges of Distinction Founder Wesley L. Creel said, “Emphasizing the Four Distinctions, the Colleges of Distinction brand lets prospective students and their families know that your school is dedicated to providing a first-rate undergraduate education.”

Inclusion on the recruiting website is the latest honor to increase ASU’s visibility nationally.  For the last four 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.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “We at Angelo State have long taken pride in the quality of our teaching, our residential campus community and the engagement and success of our students, both before and after graduation.  This continuing honor is further testament to the accomplishments of our students and the success of ASU in preparing them for the future.”

To qualify for inclusion on the website and other Colleges of Distinction guides, colleges must demonstrate excellence in the “Four Distinctions:”  1) engaged students;  2) great teaching; 3) vibrant communities; and 4) successful outcomes.  The Colleges of Distinction website provides the college-bound community a location to examine 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 because of their quality.

The online guide is available at