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Morris Named a College of Distinction

Posted by Jenna Ray on Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota, Morris has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Morris will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction™ website.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high-school juniors and seniors seeking an institution that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. The colleges and universities acknowledged on the site excel at the “four distinctions”: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. Morris is one of only 48 institutions—and the only Minnesota school—included on the Public Colleges list.

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” says Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors and evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. Selected colleges and universities are not ranked, but included in a consortium of equally impressive schools.

“Colleges of Distinction bases its listings on student engagement, excellent academics, active communities, and successful outcomes, qualities for which Morris is renowned and proud,” says Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions. “We are honored to be included on the list, and we will continue working to make a Morris a great place to learn, grow, and succeed.”

The Public Colleges of Distinction are currently featured online and will be featured in the Public Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook available this fall. Additional information on the listings, including a profile of Morris, is available online at