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Colleges of Distinction: ATU Among Nation’s Best

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Arkansas Tech University has earned a place in the Colleges of Distinction 2021-22 cohort.

The overall Colleges of Distinction honor is based upon an institution's demonstrated commitment to excellence in four categories: engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

"Every student has their own unique set of abilities, their own goals and their own ideal settings in which they would thrive,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “That’s why we don’t rank our schools. It’s about finding the best opportunities for each individual’s needs and desires.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan and student satisfaction.

Only two public universities in Arkansas earned the Colleges of Distinction overall recognition for 2021-22.

In addition to being honored for an overall dedication to student success, Arkansas Tech was also lauded for its service to students in several specific areas.

ATU is the only Arkansas university to earn the Colleges of Distinction military support honor for 2021-22, and Arkansas Tech is the only public university in the state to receive a 2021-22 Colleges of Distinction commendation for its work in teacher preparation and overall equity and inclusion.

In addition, Arkansas Tech was named by Colleges of Distinction as one of the nation's top options for studying business and for receiving career development opportunities.

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech serves 10,866 students on campuses in Russellville and Ozark. ATU is the third-largest university in Arkansas. Arkansas Tech is distinctive in its ability to confer credentials ranging from technical certificates to associate degrees to bachelor's degrees and all the way through doctoral degrees.

Learn more about Arkansas Tech University at www.atu.edu.