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USF receives honor as ‘College of Distinction’

Joliet university was recognized for efforts in education

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 2:59 p.m. CDT

JOLIET, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) has been named a “College of Distinction” by, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

“Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of the site.

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation through high school counselors’ recommendations as well as quantitative research. Once nominated, the colleges are assessed using four distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Featured schools must meet minimum standards in each category. USF was found to excel in all areas.

“While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education,” Schritter said.

To view USF’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit The site also offers great resources for students, their parents and school counselors.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering 44 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs and 15 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. Programs are offered in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work.

For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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