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SFU named a Catholic College of Distinction

July 14, 2017 Tags: Academics , Distinctions , University News

Based on its excellence in four distinctions - engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes - Saint Francis University was recently honored as both a “Catholic College of Distinction” and a “College of Distinction” for the 2017-2018 school year. Saint Francis University is proud to be considered one of the teaching-centered colleges that make up the fabric of the American educational system. 

2017 College of Distinction BadgesSFU is especially proud to be considered a “Catholic College of Distinction” because it reflects the University’s focus on integrating its Catholic-Franciscan mission into the framework of the institution. The very foundation of said mission is guided through the goals of Franciscan Higher Education, which include the following:


  • a humble and generous attitude toward learning,

  • a reverence toward all life and the goodness of humanity

  • respect for the uniqueness of individual persons

  • a global vision

  • service to the poor and needy

  • a community of faith and prayer

  • a spirit of simplicity and joy

  • a Franciscan presence

How universities are selected

High school counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on both qualitative and quantitative research. The process is both objective and in-depth.

To be designated a “college of distinction,” a school’s curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research, and global perspectives. They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs.

The Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews factors such as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students' learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students."