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Wilmington College honored among national Colleges of Distinction

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Randy Sarvis, Wilmington College

In the often-cluttered world of college rankings and ratings, Colleges of Distinction prides itself as an “unconventional guide” featuring schools with engaging programs. Wilmington College recently received word of its inclusion again this year as one of the nation’s "Best Colleges," as selected by Colleges of Distinction.

WC also earned program-specific recognition in business, education and career development for the 2023-24 academic year (NOTE: COD does not yet provide special recognition for a number of academic areas in which the College is historically strong). COD’s criteria for membership on both the Ohio and national levels highlight engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes.

Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction, said his staff was impressed with WC’s commitment to implementing high-impact educational practices. He lauded the College’s “effective dedication” to student success.

“Wilmington College has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching,” he said in citing the institution’s dedication to hands-on learning and leadership development opportunities, along with fostering close relationships between students, faculty and staff.

“With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building programs,” he added. Schritter cited WC’s focus on experiential learning opportunities, service, diversity and global education, undergraduate research, first-year success, internships and numerous other opportunities for hands-on learning.

Other accolades and rankings received by the College this fall include U.S. News & World Report ranking WC 29th Best College among 83 schools in the Midwest Region and seventh in the region for social mobility. Also, Best Colleges Degree Choices’ third annual rankings found WC in the top half of Ohio’s institutions in the Best Bachelor’s Degree category.