Thursday, December 4, 2003

New Online Admissions Guide Recognizes Washington College As A College Of Distinction

Companion Guidebook to Website to be Released in 2004

Chestertown, MD, December 4, 2003 — In recognition of its tradition of teaching excellence and successful alumni, Washington College has been selected as a College of Distinction by a new online guide. The Colleges of Distinction website and forthcoming guidebook, to be published in 2004, offer consumers an honest, insider's look at a wide variety of very different schools, each with a national reputation for excellence, and profile the best bets in higher education today as designated by a committee of educators, college admissions professionals and high school counselors.
According to the guide's creator, Wes Creel, “four distinctions” were emphasized to select the 120 schools profiled in Colleges of Distinction: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.
“Our guide asks: Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow and to succeed?” Creel said. “The answers might surprise you. You'll find both prominent names and ‘hidden gems' on our list. What they have in common is their excellent reputation among high school guidance counselors and education professionals, not to mention employers and graduate schools. Their classrooms are among the most exciting in the country, and their programs are some of the most innovative.”
“We are very proud of this honor,” said Dr. John S. Toll, President of Washington College. “It reaffirms our commitment to a small student/faculty ratio, to engaged learning and research opportunities for students, and to teaching that inspires our students and transforms their lives. Truly, those are the distinctions that set us apart.”
Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in historic Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The College has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of The Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges and by Washington Post education columnist Jay Matthews as one of the “Hidden Gems” in higher education.
For more information about Colleges of Distinction, visit

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