Olivet Honored as College of Distinction 2019-2020

Recognized for committed implementation of high impact educational practices.

Lauren Beatty

September 19, 2019 Academics, Accolades, Engineering, Nursing

Olivet Nazarene University is honored by CollegesOfDistinction.com as a 2019–2020 College of Distinction for implementation of high impact educational practices. Additional honors for Olivet are a 2019–2020 Illinois College of Distinction and a 2019–2020 Christian College of Distinction.

Olivet’s McGraw School of Business, Department of Nursing, School of Education and Walker School of Engineering and Technology received the 2019–2020 College of Distinction recognition for excellence. 


CollegesOfDistinction.com recognizes Olivet for being at the forefront of American higher education. With a modern, student-centered approach to teaching, Olivet offers a unique learning environment and programming that engages students with character-building service learning, spring break and summer mission trip opportunities, global learning programs, interdisciplinary programs, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research and internship opportunities. 

Based on a selection process that reviews each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more, Colleges of Distinction recognized Olivet for the University’s comprehensive student activities, high-impact practices and campus resources. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.

As a College of Distinction, Olivet is:
•    Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school
•    Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates
•    Home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences
•    An active campus with many opportunities for personal development
•    Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation
•    Emphasizing such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research and global perspectives

College counselors, college administrative members and the Colleges of Distinction selection team nominate U.S. colleges and universities for participation. Olivet — along with the other nominated schools — has an excellent reputation among college admission experts and education professionals, as well as employers and graduate schools. 

View Olivet’s profile on the Colleges of Distinction website.

To learn more about the areas of study and learning opportunities at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Published: 9/19/2019

Lauren Beatty

Lauren Beatty ’13 is a freelance writer, author, editor, artist and an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication at Olivet. She earned a Master of Arts degree in cross-cultural and sustainable business management from the American University of Paris in 2014. Her thesis explored the evolution of socially responsible business practices in America.

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