Anderson University Named 2024-25 College of Distinction


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University is proud to announce its recognition as a 2024-2025 College of Distinction, a prestigious honor that highlights its unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional undergraduate education. The award reflects AU’s dedication to fostering hands-on learning, strong student-faculty relationships, an active campus community, and stellar student outcomes.

“We are honored to be named a College of Distinction,” said President John S. Pistole. “It’s a validation that we are finding ways to be distinctive, compelling, and relevant in a constantly shifting marketplace, and it encourages us to continue living out our mission, educating for a life of faith and service in the church and society.”

Since its founding in 2000, Colleges of Distinction has awarded schools for their successful implementation of high-impact educational practices and hands-on learning. Unlike traditional ranking systems based on numerical data, its rigorous selection process involves extensive research and detailed interviews with the institutions, accepting only those that adhere to the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. 

AU has demonstrated exceptional performance in each of these areas, ensuring a supportive and enriching environment that equips students for future academic and career success.

“A college degree opens the door to many opportunities,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer at Colleges of Distinction. “But a truly worthwhile education prepares students to thrive once they walk through that door. Anderson University‘s curriculum encourages meaningful student-faculty collaboration through experiential learning that is relevant and applicable to the real world.”

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Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.