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University of New Haven Again Named a College of Distinction

For the eighth consecutive year, the University was recognized by Colleges of Distinction, a website and guidebook that rates colleges and universities on the success of its alumni, its first-year programs and retention efforts.

June 21, 2018


Students walking through campus
Colleges of Distinction recognized the University of New Haven for its “effective dedication to student success."

While double majoring in criminal justice and national security studies at the University of New Haven, Martina Hukel ’18 had a full schedule in and out of the classroom. In addition to her studies, she was a member of the University’s honors program, the American Criminal Justice Association, Model United Nations, a sorority, and several honor societies.

“I also had three federal internships that I got through the connections I made at the University of New Haven, which is an amazing thing,” she said. “From the class speakers to the professors’ connections, there were phenomenal chances for me to network that will definitely help me further down the line in my career.”

Her engagement as a student and her contributions to the vibrant University community reflect two of the ways the University embodies the values of Colleges of Distinction, an organization that honors schools throughout the United States for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The organization has recognized the University of New Haven as one of the nation’s 2018 Colleges of Distinction, marking the eighth year in a row the University has earned this honor.

Emily Miron ’22
University of New Haven was named a College of Distinction for the eighth consecutive year.
The Colleges of Distinction

The Colleges of Distinction website and annual guidebooks provide resources for prospective students, parents, and high school guidance counselors.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize the University of New Haven as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with the University’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

Colleges of Distinction identifies institutions based on the student experience, taking into account criteria such as student satisfaction, alumni success, the first-year student experience, and retention efforts. It then recognizes schools that foster a student-centered approach to teaching.

“The University of New Haven is honored to be recognized as one of the nation's Colleges of Distinction. This prestigious award reflects the tireless commitment of the University's dedicated faculty and staff members, our leadership team, and our talented students and alumni.” President Steve Kaplan

Meanwhile, Hukel, a member of the largest class in the University’s history, also represents another of Colleges of Distinction’s values: successful outcomes. Beginning in the fall, she will begin pursuing a master’s degree in security studies at Georgetown University. She hopes to eventually work for the U.S. Department of State.

“There have been so many things, both big and small, throughout my time at the University that have prepared me for success in my future endeavors," she said.