“We’re inspired by the ways in which New College immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years,” said Wes Creel, the founder of Colleges of Distinction, which is a respected guide for college-bound students. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”
New College’s inclusion in this list is informed by the ways it commits to helping students achieve success. Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has supported student-centered schools that are often overlooked by traditional rankings. The website provides dynamic college profiles, along with customized tools and resources for students, parents and high school counselors.
Colleges of Distinction’s selection process involves conducting research and detailed interviews with each school about the freshman experience, retention efforts, career development, the strategic plan and student satisfaction. Schools are only accepted if they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.
New College was chosen in the area of Career Development because it equips students with the self-reflection and networking skills necessary for their career journeys.
“New College offers resources and provides unparalleled support throughout every stage of career exploration, development, and application,” said Tyson Schritter, the chief operating officer at Colleges of Distinction. “The College brings career readiness into the classroom, making intentional connections between students of all majors and the careers they pursue after graduation.”
In the area of Equity & Inclusion, New College was regarded as providing exceptional support to all of its students.
“Equity is an action, not a statement,” Schritter said. “New College is always listening to how it can create a more just environment, from the administrative level down to the students’ everyday experience on campus. We’re encouraged to see this school’s long history of promoting inclusion and making swift yet mindful adjustments along with the ever-changing times.”
For more information on Colleges of Distinction, visit collegesofdistinction.com.
Abby Weingarten is the senior editor in the Office of Communications & Marketing.