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Nichols College Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

DUDLEY, Mass.—Nichols College has been nationally recognized as a “College of Distinction” for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing its graduates for real-world success. In total, the 2017-2018 list includes 336 schools in the U.S., 20 of which are in Massachusetts.

As a College of Distinction, Nichols is:

  • Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school;
  • Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates;
  • Home to a variety of innovative learning experiences;
  • An active campus, with many opportunities for personal development; and
  • Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding undergraduate preparation.

“We are honored to name Nichols College as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Nichols College for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation. Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions (Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes) and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.

“We are honored to be recognized by Colleges of Distinction, as it reflects the mission of Nichols College: to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education,” said Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. “Our supportive community of educators and scholars are committed to the success of each Nichols student. They represent the Nichols tradition of academic excellence, balanced with professional development opportunities to apply the knowledge gained through experiential learning.

“What we’ve created for Nichols College students is a transformative learning environment where they not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building collaborative assignments and projects focused on leadership training and career building,” she added.

The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s first-year experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select the best schools that are 100% focused on the student experience, and producing the most well-rounded graduates that are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Nichols College, is proof that the institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one, and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

To view Nichols College’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit 


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom. Founded in 1815, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders. Nichols serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that includes a strong liberal arts foundation curriculum.


Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Nichols College | Learn. Lead. Succeed.
Dudley, Mass.
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