Utica College receives national recognition

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UTICA — Utica College has received national recognition as a “College of Distinction,” by the organization Colleges of Distinction, for its individualized and engaging education and goals of student success and satisfaction, the college announced.

The award recognizes colleges for excellence exhibited in the classroom, and incorporating high-impact practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education, said UC.

The Colleges of Distinction organization seeks “to help students and parents find not just the ‘best college,’ but the right college,” according to collegesofdistinction.com.

The organization “looks for student-centered programs such as first-year seminars, alternative spring breaks, diversity and global learning programs, intensive writing courses, undergraduate research, study-abroad programs and internships, all of which are offered at Utica College,” said UC.

It added “a hallmark of the UC experience is individual and personalized attention, as each student is assigned a care team that is responsible for their success at the college. This team includes a faculty advisor, success coach, financial aid counselor, student accounts specialist and career coach.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process includes detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts, alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. UC said schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

UC has more than 3,500 undergraduate students in 42 majors, plus nearly 1,500 graduate students in 20 graduate programs. Students participate in 26 varsity and 16 intramural sports teams, along with over 100 clubs and organizations.

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