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Rivier University named a 2022-23 College of Distinction

Rivier University has been recognized as a 2022-23 College of Distinction for its commitment to the undergraduate experience.

Colleges of DistinctionRivier University has received national recognition for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success, Rivier University has been honored not only as a College of Distinction, but also with distinctions in six ancillary education and program categories.

Rivier earned this recognition for the excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating high-impact practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education. Such student-centered programs include first-year seminars, community-based learning programs, service-learning programs, alternative Spring Breaks, diversity and global learning programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, common intellectual experiences, capstone projects, study abroad programs and internships.

“We’re inspired by the ways in which Rivier University immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years,” says Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s first-year experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

In addition to being selected as a College of Distinction, Rivier has received program-specific recognition in Business, Nursing, and Education after a thorough curriculum review on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a record of accomplishment. These field-of-study awards acknowledge Rivier’s investment in educational experiences that foster student engagement, innovation, and critical thinking. Colleges of Distinction also awarded Rivier University state, Catholic school, and Career Development distinctions. The Career Development award acknowledges the unparalleled support provided to Rivier students throughout every stage of their career exploration, development, and real-world application. Rivier is the only New Hampshire college or university to receive this distinction.

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