SHIPPENSBURG, Pennsylvania: — Founded in 2000, Colleges of Distinction has advocated for schools whose undergraduate experiences are grounded in a philosophy of engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes. This philosophy has evolved over the last few years to inspire the team at Colleges of Distinction to create individual recognitions that focus on institutions’ specialized services for students.

Shippensburg University has received recognition in Career Development, Equity & Inclusion, and Military Support.

Career Development: Few questions are going to be on students’ minds more often than some version of “What am I going to do after graduation?” Conveniently, schools awarded the Career Development badge have shown that they are well equipped to help their students graduate with confidence. The badge recognizes schools with comprehensive four-year plans, advising, and more. Shippensburg University offers such resources as mock interviews and career fairs, providing unparalleled support throughout every stage of career exploration, development, and application.

“The Career Development recognition goes beyond a job board and résumé writing,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “Shippensburg University has shown inventiveness in connecting with students throughout their academic careers and beyond. Students and graduates are fully supported by Shippensburg University’s outstanding Career Center.”

Military Support: As the number of veterans pursuing higher education increases, so too does the demand for their personal and academic support. Veterans can be some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and capable students on a college campus, but the unique challenges they face can impede their success. That is why Shippensburg University has been selected as a stand-out institution dedicated to helping veterans overcome their obstacles and achieve success.

The Military Support Colleges of Distinction care primarily about the individual student rather than the size of their GI Bill package. Schools like Shippensburg University ensure that military students are supported through comprehensive education benefits, a committed military and veterans affairs team, flexible options, trained faculty, and dedicated campus activities and community support.

“Institutions with the Military Support recognition are aware of the unique challenges military students face on college campuses,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “Shippensburg University is proud to support and cultivate the skills that military students bring to the classroom, all while helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.”

Equity & Inclusion: Shippensburg University has distinguished itself as a community dedicated to equal opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff. As an Equity & Inclusion College of Distinction, Shippensburg University understands that inclusion is just as important as diversity, ensuring that all students are given equal opportunity to thrive academically, personally, and professionally.

No matter the population breakdown, Shippensburg University educates its faculty and staff so that they can treat students fairly and with a conscious acknowledgment of their needs. Along with its welcoming community, Shippensburg University exceeds expectations from a student’s recruitment, throughout school, and beyond the completion of their degree.

“Shippensburg University has created a welcoming environment for underserved students,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officers at Colleges of Distinction. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to highlight the noteworthy support offered for students who might not otherwise study and thrive on a college campus.”

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About Colleges of Distinction: Now in its 20th year, Colleges of Distinction is 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. For more information, visit

Shippensburg University has recently earned a wide array of accolades, including:

  • US News & World Report (Regional Universities North 2021)
    • Top Public Schools
    • Best College for Veterans
    • Best Value Schools
    • Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans
    • Best Online MBA Programs
  • Best Degrees in Finance by (Grove College, 2021)
  • Best Business Schools by The Princeton Review (Grove College, 2021)
  • PNGAS Guard Friendly School 2021
  • Top ranked school for supply chain management, human resources management and finance by (2020)
  • First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success
  • College of Distinction for Business, Education and Engineering.
  • College of Distinction for Career Development, Equity and Inclusion, and Military Support
  • Top Master’s in Science Education program by
  • Leading Financial Planning School, by Financial Planning