Walsh One of Three in Ohio Honored as 2015 Catholic College of Distinction


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Walsh University is one of only three colleges in Ohio to be recognized nationally as a 2015-16 Catholic College of Distinction. Walsh joins the University of Dayton and Xavier University as the only Ohio colleges recognized by Colleges of Distinction for offering environments that are conducive to spiritual growth while preparing students for the future. Walsh was also recently recognized as a 2015 National and 2015 Ohio College of Distinction by the same rating site.


Across the country, 74 Catholic schools were selected for the 2015-16 distinction which evaluates schools based on quantitative figures, such as graduation and retention rates, and qualitative aspects including first-year experiences, experiential learning opportunities, and core competency measures. Colleges of Distinction features schools devoted to a teaching-centered undergraduate education. Students who attend Catholic Colleges of Distinction obtain an education with a Catholic worldview and learn to implement social justice in their future professions. Community service remains an integral part of Catholicism and Catholic colleges and universities provide valuable volunteer opportunities.


According to, some of the "secular" advantages of Catholic school include smaller class sizes, a greater focus on students’ individual needs, and faculty and staff who do a great job preparing their students for careers and graduate schools. While founded in Catholic faith, these schools are welcoming to students of all religions and backgrounds as well as those with no current religious affiliation.


To view Walsh University’s profile or to find more information about the Catholic Colleges of Distinction, visit


Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and e-guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and more for students, parents, and high school counselors.