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Waynesburg named a College of Distinction for seventh time

Matthew Stultz Jul 1, 2022

Waynesburg University has been recognized as a 2022-2023 College of Distinction for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed, marking the seventh consecutive year for the honor.

The University was also named a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and a Christian College of Distinction.

We’re inspired by the ways in which Waynesburg University immerses students in their fields."

Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction

“We’re inspired by the ways in which Waynesburg University immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process includes a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with schools, all of which must adhere to the Four Distinctions - Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.

According to Colleges of Distinction, these principles are informed by high-impact practices to prioritize the ways that institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized college experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals,” said Creel. “Waynesburg University’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success. The effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes were the kinds of engaging experiences found at Waynesburg.”

Rankings and Value

Click below to learn more about other rankings and awards that Waynesburg University has earned for its value and academic excellence.

In addition to the overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also presented Waynesburg with special recognition in the areas of Business, Education and Nursing.

“We complete a thorough review of the programs before giving the awards,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “We’re looking for such qualities as accreditation, hands-on experiences, high-mastery rates, integration liberal arts and successful outcomes for students. It’s wonderful to see how Waynesburg University really exemplifies these qualities within the field.”

Waynesburg’s business administration program prides itself on providing students a practical experience from knowledgeable faculty, invaluable internships and hands-on learning centered on steadfast business practices.

Likewise, the education program offers unique learning experiences that balances strong educational content with in-classroom opportunities that begin as early as a student’s freshman year.

Waynesburg’s nursing program has consistently been ranked regionally and nationally for value and academic excellence. The program’s high academic standards and early clinical opportunities are among the program’s advantages, including the state-of-the-art simulation laboratory.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit

About Waynesburg University

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.