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Honored as College of Distinction

Recognized for excellence in hands-on learning and student success.

LONGVIEW, Texas: — LeTourneau University has been named a College of Distinction for the 2023-2024 academic year, marking its commitment to providing a high-quality undergraduate education that focuses on hands-on learning, strong student-teacher relationships, a vibrant campus life, and successful outcomes.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

  • Engaged Students – Students at LeTourneau University have the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning through Common Intellectual Experiences, Undergraduate Research and Diversity and Global Learning.
  • Great Teaching – Students at LeTourneau University have meaningful interactions with faculty in First-Year Experiences/Seminars, Writing-Intensive Courses, and Collaborative Assignments and Projects.
  • Vibrant Community – Creating connections with peers outside of the classroom is an important part of a well-rounded college experience.LeTourneau University offers Service/Community-Based Learning, and Living-Learning Communities to help students find a sense of belonging and meaning throughout their campus experience.
  • Successful Outcomes – The undergraduate experience works cohesively to prepare students not only for graduation, but for life after graduation. Some of these experiences at LeTourneau University include Internships and Capstone Courses and Projects.

As a College of Distinction, LeTourneau University has shown excellence in each of these areas, providing its students with a well-rounded, practical education that prepares them for successful careers and lives.

“We believe that engaged students are successful students,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction.” And LeTourneau University’s dedication to experiential learning shows us that each of its students has the opportunity to play an active role in their education.” To be named a College of Distinction, LeTourneau University demonstrated excellence in undergraduate education in such factors as student engagement, teaching excellence, outcomes-based learning, and community involvement. This evaluation process differs from those of popular college rankings publications, whose formulas grade institutions based on things like faculty salaries, endowment size, and peer opinion.

”We don’t rank our schools,” said Schritter. “Every student has individual needs and flourishes in a specific environment. We prefer to focus on the innovative ways that colleges all around the country are providing an enriching undergraduate experience.” LeTourneau University’s inclusion as a College of Distinction is a testament to the way it caters to its own students’ potential and goals, helping them achieve success in unique ways that cannot be ranked against others.

Schritter continued,"We are deeply inspired by how LeTourneau University immerses students in their academic pursuits, fostering a welcoming community that provides unwavering support throughout their college years and beyond."

In addition to overall institutional recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual academic areas. LeTourneau University has earned additional recognition in the areas of BusinessEducation, Engineering, and Nursing 

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About Colleges of Distinction:

Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit