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Averett Recognized as a College of Distinction

January 18, 2012

Averett University is now featured on, an online guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students' unique and varied interests. Only 10 Virginia colleges are listed on the site. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction™ honors colleges excelling in four key areas of educational quality.

"This recognition as a College of Distinction is exciting because it is part of a bigger storyline of Averett's sustained growth and improvement gaining recognition from an increasing number of respected third-party endorsers, like U.S. News & World Report, G.I. Jobs magazine's 'Military-Friendly Schools' and Washington Monthly Magazine's 'Top 50 Baccalaureate Schools'," said Dr. Stuart Jones, vice president for enrollment. "These recognitions illustrate Averett's quality education to potential students, and they are a credit to the faculty and staff, who are at the heart of the improvements and growth."

In order to qualify, Averett was required to demonstrate excellence in the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The goal of Colleges of Distinction™ is to provide students, counselors and parents with information about colleges and universities that excel in these four areas. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and have a truly national reputation.

"Schools selected as Colleges of Distinction create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country," reports Tyson Schritter, the executive editor of Colleges of Distinction™. "While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education."

Offering dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools, the website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

To learn more about the Colleges of Distinction™ guide, visit

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