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Point Park University has once again been named among the Colleges of Distinction, both nationally and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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The recognition is based on Point Park’s student-centered approach to teaching and unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit, but also gain valuable real-world experiences through internships, co-ops, service learning, interdisciplinary programs, study abroad and more.

"Every student who attends Point Park has a personalized support system at their disposal, and our faculty and staff work hard to make sure students take advantage of the opportunities we present to them," said Paul Hennigan, Ed.D., president of Point Park.

Hennigan added: "Distinctive, innovative, experiential learning is a critical component of the Point Park experience. Interdisciplinary centers such as the Center for Media Innovation and our new Pittsburgh Playhouse reflect that mission. At our Rowland School of Business, the co-op program provides students the opportunity to do paid internships while working toward their degrees."

Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Point Park University as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success.”

“Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Point Park’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of High-Impact Educational Practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college,” Schritter added.

Logo for state College of Distinction 2018-19

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more.

Additionally, colleges and universities selected must also adhere to these four distinctions: 

Schritter added: “Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities. We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society.”


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