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ASU again Named to Colleges of Distinction List

September 20, 2011

Angelo State University is the only public institution on a list of nine Texas universities to make the 2011-12 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 second year that ASU has made the Colleges of Distinction list. Last year in its list debut, Angelo State was identified as one of several new “up and coming” universities, excelling in key areas of educational quality.

“Angelo State provides students with the highest level of undergraduate education and continues to demonstrate its commitment to the ‘Four Distinctions:’ engagement, teaching, community and outcomes,” said Colleges of Distinction Founder Wesley L. Creel.

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

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

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