2018 Career Development Colleges of Distinction

“What will you do with that major?”

That’s perhaps the most intimidating question any prospective or current college student may be asked. And while it’s important to have an answer sooner than graduation day, it’s also okay for you to be uncertain about what you will “do with the rest of your life” on the first day of class.

Students graduating today will change jobs and industries more frequently than any other generation of workers has in the past. Day by day, it’s getting increasingly more important that colleges give their students a well-rounded education that teaches not only vocation-specific skills, but also lessons in critical thinking and global diversity through hands-on participation. High-impact educational practices like these keep students flexible and ready to take on complex, real-world challenges. In addition providing this kind of solid educational experience, colleges should be helping students think about how to navigate the world of work, not just how to get hired for their first job.

That’s where career offices come in! Schools that have truly effective career services make counselors available to take time to coach students on decision-making and job search skills that are both relevant and transferable regardless of industry.

Colleges of Distinction is equipped with handy features to help you sift through programs and find exactly what you want in a school. You can be confident that, no matter your major, these Career Development-approved schools have the resources to help you reach your career goals.

Schools like St. John’s University and University of San Diego have been awarded the Career Development badge after a thorough review informed by the following criteria:

  • Integrated Career Exploration and Preparation: The career services or development office is introduced during new- and transfer-student orientation and then re-introduced during the first semester. The office partners with academic departments to include their resources in the classroom and help guide students toward the services they should be seeking at different points throughout their academic career. Career and major exploration are integrated across all fields of study.
  • Accessible Programs and Training: The career office’s services can be accessed 24/7 and by appointment for one-on-one counseling. These resources include, but are not limited to, self-assessments, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking. The office also hosts events and workshops to help students gain feedback and job search skills.
  • Career-Centered Staff:
    • Assessments – The institution offers both career and personal inventories to help students better understand themselves as well as their major and career interests. Whether career services are centralized or decentralized, the institution makes trained career counselors and/or coaches available to review every student’s assessment.
    • Employer Relations – The school has at least one dedicated staff member for employer relations and corporate partnerships. Furthermore, the university helps connect students and alumni through mentorship and internship programs. Alumni can use some or all services for free.

Learn more about what makes a Career Development College of Distinction.

2018-2019 Career Development Colleges of Distinction


Chapman University
Point Loma Nazarene University
University of San Diego
University of the Pacific
Whittier College


Sacred Heart University
University of New Haven


Saint Xavier University


Buena Vista University


Salisbury University
Notre Dame of Maryland University


Becker College
Suffolk University
Western New England University


Hillsdale College
Western Michigan University


Caldwell University
Ramapo College
Rider University


Adelphi University
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Pace University
St. John’s University
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oswego
University at Albany, SUNY


High Point University
Meredith College
UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina University


Cabrini University
Chatham University
Elizabethtown College
Grove City College
Messiah College
Muhlenberg College
Saint Francis University
Slippery Rock University


Coastal Carolina University


Champlain College


Old Dominion University


Eastern Washington University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University


Carthage College
Marquette University
University of Wisconsin—Whitewater

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