Mount Aloysius College Named College of Distinction

Posted on: August 20, 2014

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Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College has 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 by high school counselors, colleges are assessed using four distinctions that include student engagement, the quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college’s community and success of graduates.  Schools featured on must meet minimum standards in each of these four categories.

Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley congratulated the College’s faculty and staff whose efforts brought about the College of Distinction designation.  “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.   These criteria are 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 Mount Aloysius College students for 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.”

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 Mount Aloysius College as a dynamic learning environment, offering great academics and a dynamic campus life,” he said. “With over 70 majors, 14 NCAA sports programs and over 100 student-run clubs,” 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.

To view Mount Aloysius College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit

Aerial Photo of the Mount Aloysius Campus