Colleges of Distinction: Excellent Colleges for Your Business Degree

Erin Pettus

On an evening in January, a junior in high school is browsing the internet on the hunt for the perfect college with the best program for them. They know they would like to pursue a business degree, but every search gives them an overwhelming amount of results—and all the extensive lists are riddled with confusing statistics and numbers.  Questions are still looming in their head. Which school will have the best experience? Which school will allow for practical involvement? Which program will be based in ethics, and which program will counsel them along every step?

What this student hasn’t yet stumbled upon is Colleges of Distinction where they can scroll through our distinguished list of schools, narrowing down their choices to schools that adhere to impressive standards that go beyond statistics and numbers.

Colleges of Distinction awards a business badge to institutions who (among other things) epitomize stability, are multidisciplinary in nature, and provide students with practical experience throughout the wider world of business.  These exemplary schools employ in their business programs the kind of High-Impact Practices that Colleges of Distinction values most.

While Colleges of Distinction has awarded many schools with business badges, Nichols College in Massachusetts and The University of Texas at Tyler are just a couple of examples of schools that embody what Colleges of Distinction qualify as a distinguished business program. These schools exhibit each of the following 8 qualities:


  • Stability of the program at the institution, which is further supported with national accreditation
  • Multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of business
  • Practical Experience that students can gain through work in real-world firms
  • Collaborative Learning within business courses as well as those outside the major
  • Business Ethics with which students learn how a firm’s obligations extend beyond shareholders
  • Dedicated Advising and Counseling professionals, exclusively for business majors
  • High-Impact Practices that align specifically with the business program
  • Industry Connections that allow students to build career connections within the field

This combination of marketing assets is truly what makes these programs exceptional, showing how they can lead students in the right directions as they plan their futures. As well as having outstanding business programs, students can be assured that the campus, the professors, and the student body as a whole will allow a well-rounded and memorable experience through the journey of their unique college adventure.

Learn more about what makes a Business College of Distinction.

2018-2019 Business Colleges of Distinction


Birmingham-Southern College
Samford University
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Montevallo

Harding University
John Brown University
Lyon College

Azusa Pacific University
California Polytechnic State University
Chapman University
Concordia University Irvine
Dominican University of California
Holy Names University
La Sierra University
Loyola Marymount University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Pepperdine University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Santa Clara University
University of La Verne
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of the Pacific
Whittier College
Woodbury University

Colorado Christian University
Colorado Mesa University
University of Denver
Western State Colorado University

Albertus Magnus College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Fairfield University
Sacred Heart University
University of Hartford
University of New Haven
Western Connecticut State University

Barry University
Flagler College
Florida Southern College
Lynn University
Rollins College
Southeastern University
University of Miami
University of North Florida

Berry College
Georgia Gwinnett College
Mercer University
Oglethorpe University
Piedmont College
Reinhardt University
Toccoa Falls College
University of West Georgia

Northwest Nazarene University
The College of Idaho

Aurora University
Concordia University Chicago
Greenville University
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Judson University
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago
MacMurray College
North Central College
Olivet Nazarene University
Saint Xavier University
Trinity Christian College
University of St. Francis

Anderson University
Ball State University
Bethel College
Butler University
Grace College
Taylor University
University of Indianapolis

Briar Cliff University
Buena Vista University
Drake University
Northwestern College
University of Dubuque

Baker University
Bethany College
Emporia State University
Friends University
Kansas Wesleyan University
McPherson College
Ottawa University
Southwestern College

Lindsey Wilson College
University of Louisville
University of the Cumberlands

Centenary College of Louisiana
Tulane University
University of New Orleans

University of Maine

Frostburg State University
Loyola University Maryland
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Salisbury University

Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path University
Curry College
Dean College
Emmanuel College
Lasell College
Newbury College
Nichols College
Northeastern University
Springfield College
Suffolk University
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Western New England University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Adrian College
Alma College
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Cornerstone University
Northern Michigan University
Siena Heights University
Western Michigan University

University of St. Thomas

Belhaven University
Millsaps College

Evangel University
Fontbonne University
Maryville University
Missouri State University
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Saint Louis University
Truman State University

Carroll College
Rocky Mountain College
University of Providence

Concordia University, Nebraska
Creighton University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Wayne State College

Rivier University
University of New Hampshire

Caldwell University
College of Saint Elizabeth
Georgian Court University
Monmouth University
Ramapo College
Rider University
Seton Hall University
Stevens Institute of Technology
The College of New Jersey

Adelphi University
Binghamton University
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Concordia College New York
Daemen College
Dominican College
Elmira College
Fordham University
Hartwick College
Houghton College
Iona College
Keuka College
Le Moyne College
LIU Brooklyn
LIU Post
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Molloy College
New York Institute of Technology
Niagara University
Pace University, Westchester Campus
Pace University, New York City Campus
St. John Fisher College
St. John’s University
St. Thomas Aquinas College
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oswego
The King’s College
The Sage Colleges
University at Albany, SUNY

Appalachian State University
Catawba College
Elon University
Gardner-Webb University
High Point University
Lees-McRae College
Meredith College
Pfeiffer University
University of Mount Olive
University of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Wake Forest University
Western Carolina University

University of Mary

Ashland University
Capital University
Defiance College
Hiram College
Miami University – Oxford
Mount St. Joseph University
Ohio Dominican University
Otterbein University
University of Dayton
Walsh University
Xavier University

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oral Roberts University
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
University of Tulsa

Corban University
Eastern Oregon University
George Fox University
Pacific University
Portland State University
University of Portland
Warner Pacific University

Cabrini University
Carlow University
Cedar Crest College
Chatham University
Chestnut Hill College
Drexel University
Elizabethtown College
Geneva College
Grove City College
La Roche College
Lebanon Valley College
Lycoming College
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Mercyhurst University
Messiah College
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Mount Aloysius College
Muhlenberg College
Point Park University
Rosemont College
Saint Francis University
Saint Joseph’s University
Seton Hill University
Slippery Rock University
Susquehanna University
Thiel College
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Villanova University
Waynesburg University
West Chester University
Wilson College
York College of Pennsylvania

Providence College

Charleston Southern University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
Erskine College
Furman University
Presbyterian College
The Citadel
University of South Carolina Aiken
University of South Carolina Upstate

Mount Marty College

Belmont University
Carson-Newman University
Christian Brothers University
Freed-Hardeman University
King University
Lee University
Lipscomb University
Maryville College
Middle Tennesee State University
Rhodes College
Tusculum College
Union University

Abilene Christian University
Angelo State University
Dallas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Lubbock Christian University
Midwestern State University
St. Edward’s University
St. Mary’s University
Texas Christian University
The University of Texas at Tyler
Trinity University
University of Dallas
University of Mary Hardin–Baylor
University of Texas at Dallas

Southern Utah University
Westminster College of Utah

Castleton University
Champlain College
University of Vermont

Averett University
Christopher Newport University
College of William & Mary
James Madison University
Old Dominion University
Sweet Briar College
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
University of Lynchburg
University of Richmond
Virginia Wesleyan University

Eastern Washington University
Gonzaga University
Northwest University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Western Washington University

Davis & Elkins College

Cardinal Stritch University
Carthage College
Concordia University Wisconsin
Marquette University
Northland College
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
University of Wisconsin–Parkside
University of Wisconsin–Stout
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College


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