Hofstra Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

For the second year running, Hofstra has been listed among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction, an online resource that evaluates schools based on four criteria: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

“We’re so happy to award Hofstra University for developing skills relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Hofstra for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures.”

Hofstra students earn college credit and gain valuable real-life experience by participating in study abroad programs, prestigious internships, co-op programs, community service initiatives, and living-learning communities – all of which are factors in Hofstra’s being recognized as a College of Distinction.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction begins with nominations from high school counselors and educators. Each school is evaluated on key indicators, including student engagement, student empowerment and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the four distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes — and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction. The selection process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience,” said Schritter. “The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Hofstra University, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”

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