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PITTSBURGH, June 10, 2014 – La Roche College has been named a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in four distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

La Roche is recognized within the Pennsylvania College of Distinction and Catholic College of Distinction categories. This is the third consecutive year for La Roche to receive this honor.

Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, said, “It is an honor to be recognized as a college that excels in providing a student-focused education. In keeping with La Roche College’s mission, we are committed to preparing our students for life and career success in a global economy. We continually seek opportunities for our students to engage in quality learning experiences, innovative study abroad programs, internships and leadership opportunities. This designation speaks to that dedication.”

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students’ learning,” Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction, said. “Schools designated as Colleges of Distinction offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students.”

Click here to view La Roche’s profile or to find more information about the online guide.


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.




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