Walsh Receives National Endorsement for Exceptional Student Support Initiatives

For the tenth consecutive year, Walsh University has been honored as a National College of Distinction. Walsh also retained its status as a 2020-21 Catholic College of Distinction for offering environments that are conducive to spiritual growth while preparing students for the future. Walsh degree programs in Business, Nursing and Education and the University’s Career Development and Military Support programs were also recognized for their committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices. Visit Walsh University’s College of Distinction profile.

This award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on the basis of hollow or unclear numbers like the size of endowment, selectivity, and faculty salaries. Walsh University instead earns its recognition for the excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating High-Impact Practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education.

While higher education has changed over the last 20 years, Colleges of Distinction’s selection process has stayed consistent—conducting in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools themselves about each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more—and accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. This model prioritizes the opportunities institutions have for students that make for a fulfilling, individualized college experience.

About Colleges of Distinction: Now in its 20th year, Colleges of Distinction is committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience.  

Academic Offerings: Already honored as a College of Distinction for its high-impact approach to education, Walsh has also received specialized recognition in Business, Education and Nursing.  These additional accolades were borne out of a need for college curricula that are comprehensive not only in course material, but also in practical- and soft-skills development. Walsh has met these needs with a blend of liberal arts education, program-specific training, and abundant opportunities for real-world application.

Career Development: Schools awarded the Career Development badge have shown that they are well equipped to help their students graduate with confidence. The badge recognizes schools with comprehensive four-year plans, advising, and more.

Military Support: As the number of veterans pursuing higher education increases, so too does the demand for their personal and academic support. Veterans can be some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and capable students on a college campus, but the unique challenges they face can impede their success. That is why Walsh University has been selected as a stand-out institution dedicated to helping veterans overcome their obstacles and achieve success.

Catholic College of Distinction: 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.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.