MU ranks among the elite colleges in the region

Kaitlin Specht
News Writer

Nationally recognized as a college of distinction Millersville University is featured on the CollegesOfDistinction.com website as one of the 2013-2014 Colleges of Distinction and is one of two public universities in Pennsylvania to earn recognition. It is an online college guide that helps students, parents and counselors find the best colleges to “learn, grow and succeed.”
The university was recognized for its, “commitment to student engagement centered programs including its experiential learning, service-learning, living/learning communities, study abroad and undergraduate research program experiences,” said Tyson Schritter, operating partner for CollegesOfDistinction.com.
“Students are offered so many incredible opportunities at Millersville to further enhance their learning and future career. Between being involved with several different organizations, participating in internships and the mentorship I have received from professors and faculty, I feel fully prepared to enter my career after graduation,” said Gina Masciantonio, Senior.
Schritter also said that, “In addition to excellent classroom teaching, Millersville offers students a wide variety of high-impact experiential learning opportunities such as internships, service-learning and study abroad. I am excited that Millersville’s excellent reputation for student success has been recognized by our inclusion on the list.”
Kara Weber, Senior, elaborated on her experiences through the experiential learning opportunities and study abroad programs. Weber stated that, “Making use of the experiential learning opportunities here at Millersville is something I would suggest every student do. I participated in the internship and study abroad programs, which not only helped to build my resume, but left me with life-long learning experiences that I will never forget.”
According to the CollegesOfDistinction.com website, a college of distinction is also nationally recognized by education professionals for a university’s campus with many opportunities for personal development, and valued by graduate schools and employers for its excellent preparation. For each nomination, they consider these distinctions: engagement of the students, quality of the professors, and the college atmosphere. A fourth distinction must also be considered, and according to Melissa Wardwell, Millersville’s interim director of experiential learning and career management, “schools must demonstrate a strong track record of preparing students for post-graduate success.”
Schritter also mentioned how CollegesOfDistinction.com interviews administrators all across the country about other nominated schools and utilizes quantitative data like graduation rates, classroom size and other statistics in relation to the four distinctions mentioned before. “We recognize it is more important to understand where the college is going and not where it has been, so we look for trends in data as opposed to viewing each school as a static institution.”
For more information about Colleges of Distinction, visit CollegesOfDistinction.com.