(ABILENE, TX) Hardin-Simmons University has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015
school year. HSU is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in
four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.
“It is gratifying to receive the news that Hardin-Simmons has been ranked again as a Christian College of
Distinction,” said HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall. “This recognition highlights HSU’s continued commitment to
preparing men and women to be people of integrity who are well-prepared for today’s ever-changing workplace.”
High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of
Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and
universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.
Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow
and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education
program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.
“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students' learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of
Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that
educate, nurture and transform students."
To view HSU’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.
About Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for
their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. CollegeofDistinction.com offers dynamic college
profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high
school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.
Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the
Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of
graduates. For more information, visit www.CollegesofDistinction.com.
About Hardin-Simmons University
Founded in 1891, Hardin-Simmons University is a church-related university affiliated with the Baptist General
Convention of Texas committed to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.
With its 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students enjoy personal attention as they pursue more than 70 fields of
undergraduate study and 20 graduate study programs, including the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of
Ministry, and Doctorate in Leadership programs. Pre-professional programs include dentistry, engineering,
medicine, law, pharmacy, and seminary. For more information about HSU, please visit www.hsutx.edu or follow
@hsutx on Twitter or the Hardin-Simmons University page on Facebook.