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December 14, 2018

North Park University Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

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North Park University has been recognized for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

North Park has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. North Park engages students in their Christian faith in a city-centered, intercultural setting. Further, North Park’s small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to equipping students to lead lives of significance and service makes it stand apart from other schools its size.

“Being named as a College of Distinction is a tremendous honor and supports our vision of being a first-choice, Christian university in the city of Chicago,” says North Park’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Anthony Scola. “Programs such as Catalyst 606__, our city-centered curriculum, and Crux, our Christian living/learning cohort, allow students to find themselves academically and spiritually. As a university, we will continue our innovative ways of thinking to ensure all North Parkers are equipped for the workforce.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize North Park University 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 North Park’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’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman 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 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. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, North Park stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information visit

About North Park University

North Park University is a city-centered, intercultural, and Christian university located in Chicago.

Direct media inquiries to:
Christopher Childers
Assistant Vice President, University Marketing and Communications

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