Virginia Wesleyan Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction


Virginia Wesleyan University has again been recognized for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. The University has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building "First-Year Experience" seminars, community-based learning programs and service-learning opportunities, alternative Spring Breaks, diversity and global learning programs, intensive language and writing courses, interdisciplinary programs, undergraduate research, living-learning communities, senior capstone projects, study away  programs and internships, and more. Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. “Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Virginia Wesleyan University stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.” For nearly 20 years, Colleges of Distinction has honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. For more information, visit