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UNH Named a “College of Distinction” for Quality of its Undergraduate Programs

Release Date:
10/18/2012 1:00 PM

Colleges of Distinction 2013, features

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The University of New Haven has been named a “College of Distinction” for the 2012-13 year “by the Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook.

The guidebook, available online at, offers free college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents and counselors. The website also includes tips from high school guidance counselors and essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

"These schools are among the very best in North America,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of the guidebook. “Each school goes above and beyond the four distinctions that really make an undergraduate education: great students, engaged teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes"

UNH is among 294 colleges and universities from across the nation listed in the book. The institutions represent 42 states and two countries. Colleges are chosen for the distinction based on qualitative research and on the recommendations of high school guidance counselors.

UNH is noted on the Colleges of Distinction website for being “a recognized leader in experiential education. “  The website also notes that UNH “employs a combination of internships, study abroad, faculty-led research and academic service learning to prepare students to be successful in their future careers.

“Schools featured on represent the cutting edge of higher education including experiential learning, study abroad and internships,” Schritter said. "While each school designated as College of Distinction is unique, they are all a great place to get an education," Schritter said. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.