USF Named a 2018-2019 College of Distinction

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to be named a 2018-19 College of Distinction for the seventh consecutive year. The university earned distinctions for the nursing, business and education programs in addition to the Catholic college distinction.

usf college of distinctionAccording to the Colleges of Distinction website,, recognized schools possess four main pillars of distinction, including Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. The website also states that each academic institution recognized by Colleges of Distinction “are nationally recognized by education professionals as excellent schools, are strongly focused on teaching undergraduates, are home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, are an active campus with many opportunities for personal development, and are highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.”

“While being recognized for our quality in these rankings is exciting, the most important indicators of our success as educators are that our students have a great learning experience, graduate and find jobs that launch their careers,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

“We achieve this by being a welcoming community of learners committed to serving those who aspire to serve others. As a campus of doers, we provide our students with an ethic of care that allows them to be their best selves,” Dr. Johnson said.

The University of St. Francis strives to provide its students with a variety of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to advancing through their standard curriculum, students are challenged to put their education to the test by participating in internships, work-study programs and research projects. USF also offers study abroad programming to several locations around the globe and hosts many international students throughout the school year.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized by outside groups like Colleges of Distinction,” said Eric Wignall, USF Vice President for Admissions, Enrollment and Marketing.

“It helps us tell our story to people. We offer degree programs like many other colleges, but our mission and attention to student learning makes us stand out. Winning awards like these is just another way people learn about the value we offer, and the values we follow,” he said.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 4,100 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit


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