As a result of its innovative application of high-impact educational practices, Gwynedd Mercy University has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction.
The University is listed as a College of Distinction, a Catholic College of Distinction, and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction.
To earn this recognition, schools must demonstrate results across the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.
“Colleges of Distinction is more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction.
“We only include colleges that offer every student a holistic and valuable experience. The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for serving their students and nurturing success. Like Gwynedd Mercy, our member schools provide the affirming undergraduate experience every student deserves.”
High school counselors and educators make nominations, and each school is evaluated on key indicators, including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation.
Colleges that have distinguished themselves in each of the Four Distinctions and that have demonstrated dedication to enriching student outcomes through innovative learning opportunities are then invited to join Colleges of Distinction.
GMU students have opportunities to engage with their peers and professors in the traditional classroom setting, but also have opportunities to work with professors on research, network with alumni, and come together at events on campus.
GMU’s 10:1 student-faculty ratio allows for a deeper connection with professors who know your name, what your interests are, and what your goals are for the future.
With 19 Division III athletic teams, 24 clubs and organizations, and four residence halls on GMU’s 160-acre campus, students are never short on available activities.
Surveys also indicate that 88 percent of the school’s 2014-15 graduates are employed or going to graduate school.