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ASU Again Recognized as a National ‘College of Distinction’

June 29, 2021

For the fourth straight year, Angelo State University has been named a national “College of Distinction” by the Colleges of Distinction print and online college guide that recognizes colleges and universities implementing best practices in higher education.

Angelo State is one of only 405 schools, representing 46 states, to earn the national 2021-22 “College of Distinction” designation – and ASU is one of only seven Texas public universities out of 22 total Texas institutions on this year’s list.

In addition to its national recognition, ASU earned the following designations for 2021-22:

Schools are selected for the various designations for demonstrating excellence in four key areas identified by Colleges of Distinction as the “Four Distinctions:”

“It’s inspiring to see Angelo State University commit to the learning styles and community involvement that will best allow their students to succeed in and beyond their college years,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction.

ASU has also been recognized for three individual academic programs, being named a “Best Business College,” “Best Education College” and “Best Nursing College.” These designations are based on accreditation, breadth of program and a track record for success.

Ronnie Hawkins Jr. Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “The entire Ram Family works hard every day to ensure our students get a quality education and a complete college experience to prepare them for future success,” said ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “It’s always gratifying when our efforts are recognized on so many levels. Earning this type of recognition is also a direct reflection of our ASU Core Values, particularly ‘Significance,’ ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ and ‘Community.’ We will continue to strive to provide the type of resources and environment that also align with our Vision and Mission statements.”

The primary goal of Colleges of Distinction is to “connect individual students to information that empowers them to make confident choices from among the best colleges in our nation.”

To that end, an in-depth profile of ASU will be published in the 2021-22 Colleges of Distinction guidebook and on the website, which provides the information to college-bound students, their parents and high school counselors without a subscription fee.

All of the 2021-22 Colleges of Distinction lists are available at