National Acclaim Granted to Simpson University’s Professional Programming

REDDING, Calif. — Already honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, Simpson University has received program-specific recognition in Education, Nursing, and Career Development.

Colleges of Distinction has spent nearly two decades advocating for institutions that prioritize the overall undergraduate experience with a hands-on, thorough liberal arts education. Its unique selection process evaluates each school holistically, going beyond typical rankings lists to acknowledge the everyday opportunities for students to engage actively with their peers, professors, and respective areas of study.

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Recent Simpson University School of Education graduates with Dr. Craig Cook, dean. Top photo: Simpson University School of Nursing students.

As a trusted, one-of-a-kind resource, Colleges of Distinction is now awarding further accolades to help prospective students find the best-fit school for them.

“Simpson University continues to impress with its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Its extensive liberal arts curriculum informs and enriches everything students do both in and out of the classroom. And with such an involved engagement of experiential high-Impact practices, Simpson University continues to go the extra mile in professional education.”

Simpson University’s Field of Study badges are true marks of honor in the world of higher education, representing programs that invest in student engagement in fields that demand innovative, critical thinking. Colleges of Distinction has granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, individually selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a track record for success.

18-19-education.pngEducation: Simpson University’s future educators are bolstered by an enriching liberal arts perspective, allowing them to be empathetic, creative, and efficient mentors for their students. Simpson University School of Education programs include master of arts degrees in teaching and education, as well as teaching credential programs.

18-19-nursingNursing: The accredited nursing program at Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has enabled its students to take calculated action, even in high-pressure situations. Their well-rounded perspective allows them to think on their feet and care deeply for their patients. The School of Nursing includes a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, as well as a 12-month RN-BSN Track.

cod_badge_career dev_18-19Career Development: Few questions are going to be on students’ minds more often than some version of “What am I going to do after graduation?” Schools awarded the Career Development badge have shown that they are well equipped to help their students graduate with confidence. Simpson University’s Career Services Office provides unparalleled support throughout every stage of career exploration, development, and application.

To view Simpson University’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit

About Colleges of Distinction:
Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and more than 2,500 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

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