Public Guidebook 2017 - Colleges of Distinction - Colleges of Distinction


The Best Student-Focused Public Colleges You Won’t Discover Anywhere Else

The schools we profile in this book tend to have smaller class sizes, a greater focus on students’ individual needs, and faculty that are engaged and invested in their students’ futures. That’s what makes these public colleges unique–they have a proven track of successful operation, and they’re using teaching methods that make a student’s college years not just an education, but a valuable life experience.

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“This Guidebook is an excellent tool for prospective students and parents. Speaking as a University President and the parent of a teenager engaged in the college search process, it represents a concise way to help find the school that is a best fit for the student and offers valuable advice to make the transition to college an easy and successful one.”

—Dr. John Nicklow, President, University of New Orleans

“Public Colleges of Distinction Guidebook 2017 is an invaluable resource for anyone who is navigating how to compare state universities in the United States. It opens with nearly 50 pages of articles and answers to important questions commonly asked by prospective students and their parents. These questions address everything from tips on how to select the best college to how to pay for college. However, what really makes this guide unique is its careful selection and description of the very best public schools in the United States. What is important about the accolade “College of Distinction” is that it is made from the perspective of the student learning experience–these are the schools who have proven that they care about student learning and use the most effective methods of engaging students in their own education. I can’t imagine a more important resource for empowering students to select a great public university.”

—Dr. Maurice Hamington, Executive Director of University Studies, Portland State University

“The 2017 Public Colleges of Distinction guidebook contains advice columns about choosing a college, the admissions process, receiving financial aid, and getting the most out of the college experience. Prospective students and their parents should thoughtfully approach the college choice using this excellent resource. The individual college profiles provide enough detail so that readers not only get a general sense of basic information about the institutions, but more importantly, the narratives on the 4 Distinctions help students and parents to discern the college that is best for them. The rich descriptions of how institutions engage students, teach undergrads, provide vibrant campus communities, and realize successful outcomes are especially valuable!”

—Dr. Eric Lovik, Director, Institutional Research, Reporting, and Assessment, Radford University