Dean College has once again received national recognition for its honorable commitment to engaged, experiential education by Colleges of Distinction, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary as a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound students. This is the fifth consecutive year that the College has earned this honor. Dean also received Colleges of Distinction badges for Business (fourth consecutive year) and Career Development (second consecutive year). 

The Colleges of Distinction selection process includes in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools themselves about each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more—and accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. Overlaid in the last few years have been a look into High-Impact Practices. This model prioritizes the opportunities institutions have for students that make for a fulfilling, individualized college experience.

“It’s inspiring to see Dean College commit to the learning styles and community involvement that will best allow their students to thrive,” says Founder Wes Creel. 

Dean College is proud to be named a 2020-2021 College of Distinction. For more information on Colleges of Distinction, visit

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