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Mercyhurst named Erie’s first College of Distinction

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mercyhurst University becomes the first university in Erie County to earn national recognition as a College of Distinction, according to an announcement today by Colleges of Distinction, an organization dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education. Mercyhurst was additionally recognized as a Catholic College of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction spotlights colleges and universities that are widely recognized for their excellent academic programs, innovative learning experiences, vibrant campus community and are highly valued by graduate schools and employers for outstanding student preparation.

“We deeply appreciate being recognized not only as a College of Distinction, but as a Catholic College of Distinction,” said Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor. “This recognition reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff to ensure that our students succeed academically, grow spiritually and lead productive lives. This particular designation highlights important aspects of university life that cannot be measured quantitatively, like the value of our faculty-student bonds and our vibrant and engaged campus community.”

Colleges of Distinction nominations typically emanate from recommendations by high school guidance counselors, which is followed by an invitation for membership and an extensive interview process.

Providing not only high-quality education, but also pioneering academic programs— intelligence studies, archaeology, forensic sciences, hospitality management, data science and the Asperger’s/Autism Initiative —helped Mercyhurst earn this distinction as did the university’s commitment to hands-on learning.

“Mercyhurst’s guarantee to every incoming student that they will receive ‘hands-on experience’ sets it apart as a College of Distinction,” said Tyson Schritter, operating partner for Colleges of Distinction. “We were also impressed with Mercyhurst’s strong emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and collaborative learning, which prepares students for 21st century careers.”

The university was also highly regarded for its impressive teaching faculty, 70 percent of whom have earned terminal degrees; its diverse student life opportunities, which include 24 varsity athletic teams and over 80 student clubs; and its near perfect job and graduate school placement rates for more than 25 majors.

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