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Nichols College Honored as a National College of Distinction

2018-2019 Business Colleges of Distinction

DUDLEY, Mass.—Nichols College has been recognized as a 2018-2019 national College of Distinction for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in business as well as for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices.

Nichols College has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching, according to the organization Colleges of Distinction. With a unique learning environment, the Nichols experience engages students with character building, first-year seminars, alternative spring breaks, diversity and global learning programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, study abroad programs, and internships. In addition, today’s job market demands employees who are stellar communicators and critical-thinkers. It is with Nichols College’s well-rounded approach to career development that its students are prepared to take on the postgraduate world.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Nichols College 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 Nichols College’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 2018-2019 Award

The fast-paced, modern world of business requires effective communication and innovative strategies. Nichols College’s programs in accounting, criminal justice management, economics, finance, hospitality management, human resource management, integrated marketing communication, international business, management, and sport management, among others, keep future leaders ahead of the curve and ready to grow alongside the industry. Graduate & Professional Studies at Nichols boasts an array of competitive master’s degree and certificate programs, and corporate partnerships that are designed for career-focused professionals ready to take the next step toward leadership, seek and conquer a new challenge, and expand their career opportunities.

Professor Luanne Westerling, associate dean for business at Nichols College, said: “We are honored that Colleges of Distinction continually recognizes Nichols College as a leader in professional education. We attribute our strengths to our focus on providing experiential learning and leadership opportunities for all of our students.

“Building on our extensive liberal arts and business curricula, Nichols students are prepared to take what they learn in the classroom and apply those skills to a real business environment,” added Professor Westerling. “We also ensure our students are career-ready upon graduation by offering our signature Professional Development Seminars. Through these seminars, all Nichols students focus on the development of a resume, and are provided with interview skills training and experience.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s first-year experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

Colleges of Distinction Massachusetts Award

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Recognized as a College of Distinction, Nichols College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”


Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, 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 through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that is supported by a strong liberal arts curriculum.


Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
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