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Taylor Schultz, a fourth year acting major from Pittsburgh in the blue scarf, talks to Catherine Jenkins, a mass communication major from Butler, Pa. with her back to us, and Jennifer Florentino, a dance major. Photo | John McKeith

Point Park University has earned national recognition as a 2016-2017 College of Distinction for its innovative application of high-level learning and professional development within its more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.

"This honor validates our commitment to providing students with a personalized support system that allows them to flourish," said Paul Hennigan, Ed.D., president of Point Park. "The University offers numerous real-world learning opportunities that prepare students for success from the moment their careers begin."

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The Point Park Difference is Real World

At Point Park — Pittsburgh's only Downtown University — undergraduate and graduate students gain hands-on experience in their major beginning freshman year and are taught by professors who bring real-life work experience to the classroom.

"We're so happy to award Point Park University for developing skills relevant to graduates' lives," said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. "High student engagement in college is one of the keys to a successful undergraduate education. With an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning techniques, Colleges of Distinction applauds Point Park University for practicing methodologies that prepare students for their futures."

A Point Park Education Prepares Students for Success

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In order to be recognized as a College of Distinction, schools must demonstrate results across four distinctions:

  • Great teaching - Students are taught by faculty who have extensive work experience and connections in their industry.
  • A vibrant community - With Downtown Pittsburgh as their campus, undergraduate and graduate students are immersed in a world-class city located within walking distance to leading businesses, organizations, theaters, sports stadiums and more.
  • Successful Outcomes - Point Park students are more mature, more professional and more prepared for success. Meet undergraduate and graduate students who have landed jobs in their field of study.

"Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience," said Schritter. "The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Point Park University, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves."

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