Walsh University Honored as National 2023-2024 College of Distinction and Ohio College of Distinction

Walsh University has again been recognized for its commitment to providing a high-quality undergraduate education that focuses on hands-on learning, strong student-teacher relationships, a vibrant campus life and successful outcomes, earning a place as one of the nation’s 2023-2024 Colleges of Distinction and Ohio Colleges of Distinction.

In addition to its acclaim for a commitment to a well-rounded education, Walsh University earned program-specific recognitions for its DeVille School of Business, the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing, and the Division of Education in the School of Arts, Sciences and Education, as well as its Catholic faith, military support, affordability and career development.

Business – Education – Nursing

The DeVille School of Business stands out for its commitment to graduating students with strong critical thinking skills and adaptability in a rapidly evolving society. Colleges of Distinction looks for qualities such as accreditation, program breadth, advising and mentoring, integration of career services and successful student outcomes.

Walsh University’s Division of Education is recognized for its leading-edge education programs that adapt to the evolving landscape of technology, public policy, employer demands and more. Qualities that stand out for this accolade include stability, practical experiences, advising and mentoring, high-impact practices and successful student outcomes.

The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing was honored for its excellence in nursing education, with emphasis on its effectiveness in preparing students for the demands of the field. Factors considered for this accolade include accreditation, hands-on experiences, high mastery rates, integration of liberal arts and positive student outcomes. 

Catholic World View

According to Colleges of Distinction, there are many unique benefits that come with choosing a Catholic college. Walsh University offers the typical perks of a private school, such as small classes and more personal attention, while also incorporating opportunities to grow, serve and lead with compassion.

Military Support

As more veterans pursue higher education, the need for personalized support and resources has become increasingly important. Active-duty and veteran students often demonstrate unmatched dedication, perseverance, and capability as students, yet their unique challenges can hinder their success. Addressing these needs, Walsh University stands out as an institution committed to empowering veterans to overcome obstacles and achieve their educational goals through its Center for Veteran Affairs.


As one of fewer than 150 institutions selected as an Affordable College of Distinction, Walsh University has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring manageable student debt and empowering career opportunities. The selection process for this recognition relies on institutional data provided by the U.S. Department of Education, specifically focusing on low net prices proportionate to student household income.  In addition to net price, Colleges of Distinction considered median debt and mean earnings data of graduates, factoring in location, size, public/private affiliation status, and the percentage of Pell Grant recipients. These criteria collectively positioned Walsh University among the most affordable institutions.

Career Development

Walsh University’s Office of Alumni and Career Connections received a special accolade for its career development initiatives for undergraduate students. In a precarious global economy, students are pursuing a college degree with the expectation that it will help launch a career they are passionate about.  And while earning a bachelor’s degree is a great start, there are many other things colleges can provide their students that give them a significant advantage in the job market. Walsh University’s Career Development award from Colleges of Distinction confirms that its initiatives go above and beyond the norm, supporting students with comprehensive four-year plans, personalized advising, technology and more.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. As a College of Distinction, Walsh University has shown excellence in each of these areas, providing its students with a well-rounded, practical education that prepares them for successful careers and lives.

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