McKendree University is a ‘College of Distinction’ for 2013-2014

National college guide honors distinctive educational excellence

Lebanon, Ill. — McKendree University has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. McKendree University was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. It will continue to 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 a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow and succeed,” said 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.”

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McKendree University ranks among the top quarter of regional universities nationwide in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” edition. It is also among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for 2013.

Colleges of Distinction is a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education. offers college profiles and search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.