Simpson University Championed as a College of Distinction for 2019-20

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University has again received national recognition for the integrity of its individualized and engaging education through its selection as a College of Distinction.

2019-2020-CoDIn addition, Colleges of Distinction awarded program-specific recognition to Simpson University’s School of Education and Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 8 among nursing schools in California.

This award is unique among popular college guide classifications, which typically rank schools on the basis of numbers like the size of endowment, selectivity, and faculty salaries. Simpson University instead earns its recognition for excellence exhibited in the classroom, incorporating high-impact practices throughout every student’s undergraduate education.

Such student-centered programs include first-year seminars, community-based learning programs, service-learning programs, national and global service trips, collaborative assignments and projects, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, intensive writing courses, and more.

“We are so proud to see Simpson University walking the walk,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of 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.

Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction doesn’t rank schools, because we know that every student is different in what they need to best learn, grow, and succeed,” said Schritter. “Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. Simpson University puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.”

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2019-2020-Education-CoDThe School of Education, which offers master’s degrees and teaching and administrative credential programs, has graduated nearly 3,000 students. Learn more at

2019-2020-Nursing-CoDThe Betty M. Dean School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing and an RN-BSN Track for registered nurses. The school has graduated more than 200 students with B.S.N. degrees since 2011, and more than 175 RNs have earned their B.S.N. degrees through the program. Learn more at

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 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 more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, 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, and it is offering new scholarships.

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