Mount Aloysius College Honored for Distinctive Educational Excellence

Posted on: August 15, 2013

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Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College received notification that it has been named a “College of Distinction.”  The recognition is reserved nationally for colleges and universities that excel in “student-focused” education.  This recognition allows Mount Aloysius to be featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for excellence in student-focused higher education.

“Schools designated as “Colleges of Distinction” create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors’ recommendations as well as quantitative research.

Once nominated, colleges like Mount Aloysius are assessed using Four Distinctions that include: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates.  Schools featured on must meet minimum standards in each category.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley congratulated MAC faculty and staff whose efforts brought about the “College of Distinction” award.

“Being named a College of Distinction ratifies a total effort and a commitment to excel,” said President Foley.  “We are proud of the award and mindful that the work of many people must come together to make this happen.  High school counselors review four criteria including student engagement, the quality of teaching, the vibrancy of the Mount Aloysius community and our graduates’ success when they make this determination.  These criteria are truly interdependent and reflect the total culture of Mount Aloysius College,” Foley said.

“Behind each of the four points of excellence is a constellation of detail,” added Foley. “The planning involved in keeping our 193-acre campus, safe, secure and well-maintained is significant.  Our faculty diligently creates rigorous academic value as they prepare MAC students for the tomorrow’s workforce.   Keeping a diverse student body focused on academics, community service, athletics and wholesome cultural outlets takes passion, energy and care.  And finally,” he added, “For the commitment of our all-volunteer board of trustees who devote time, experience and even treasure—we are enormously grateful.   I think this recognition of Mount Aloysius College as a “College of Distinction” will make over 2500 MAC students very proud of their choice today.”

Dr. Timothy Fulop, academic vice president and dean of faculty noted that the College of Distinction award reflects a modern, multi-faceted approach to teaching and creating a challenging yet supportive learning environment. “Excellence is not a destination,” he said, “but a series of processes that place the student at the center. Everyone contributing to those processes can be proud of this prestigious award.”

Dr. Jane Grassadonia, vice president of student affairs said that planning and executing a series of cultural events for a diverse and growing student population is a challenge that reaps constant rewards. “Engaging a diverse student body involves listening to students and respecting a myriad of interests,” said Dr. Grassadonia. “At Mount Aloysius College we are blessed with an energetic and involved Student Activities and Residence Life staff.  We understand that an engaged student body is not a destination.  It is a process of earnest interaction, and immersing ourselves in a commitment to serving these wonderful people who have made a choice to call Mount Aloysius College their academic home.  They deserve our best,” she said.

Mr. Frank Crouse, vice president of enrollment management noted that students and their parents continue to recognize Mount Aloysius College as a welcoming academic home.  “Students of all ages recognize MAC as a dynamic learning environment, offering great academics and a dynamic campus life,” he said. With over 70 major and 14 NCAA sport programs,” added Crouse, “there is something for everyone at Mount Aloysius College.” offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

“While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education,” Schritter said.

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About Mount Aloysius College

Mount Aloysius College (MAC) is an awesome college choice. Affordable and accommodating; Mount Aloysius College is a co-educational catholic college sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Welcoming all faiths, students are encouraged to synthesize spirituality with learning, competence with compassion and to serve others.

Values-based, focused on justice, hospitality, mercy and service; MAC’s liberal arts curriculum provides a foundation for leadership and success. With academics foremost; spiritual, cultural and social values are recognized as essential to growth.

Mount Aloysius College at a Glance

Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius is a comprehensive, liberal arts and sciences –based institution with a commitment to career-directed study. Rooted in Catholic tradition, Mount Aloysius is one of the nation’s 16 Mercy sponsored colleges. MAC has almost 175 faculty members, allowing a 14:1 student/faculty ratio. MAC offers more than 70 academic programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels in Health Sciences and Nursing, Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, natural and Applied Sciences, Business Administration and Pre-Professional studies. Students may choose from more than 20 concentrations and minors.


Mount Aloysius College is located in the scenic Southern Allegheny Mountains of west-central Pennsylvania, in the town of Cresson. Convenient and accessible from U.S. Route 22, the College’s setting is rural but mere minutes from State College, Altoona, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

College Life

With 100 student organizations, intramural sports, service opportunities, social events and 13 NCAA Division III varsity sports programs – life at Mount Aloysius College is exciting, fun and challenging.

Financial Aid

Mount Aloysius prides itself on affordability. Many MAC students hail from proud families of modest means and many are first-generation students. The College awards academic monies based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores. These awards are renewable over a four-year period and range from $1000 to $10,000 per year. Mount Aloysius College participates in all federal and state programs; fully 94 percent of Mount Aloysius College students receive some form of financial aid. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mount Aloysius College as one of the best-priced private liberal arts colleges in the United States.

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