Recognized for engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

Siena Heights University has once again been recognized by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students. Siena Heights University is named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, Michigan College of Distinction, and Catholic, Business, and Education College of Distinction.

“We are thrilled to once again to have this recognition,” said Siena Heights University President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “At Siena Heights we are student-driven in everything that we do, and to have this confirmed by the Colleges of Distinction is very gratifying.”

Colleges of Distinction believes that a thorough selection process requires in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. These distinctions are informed by the High-Impact Practices that prioritize the ways that institutions ensure students have a fulfilling, individualized college experience in and out of the classroom.

To earn the recognition, Siena Heights University demonstrated the following:

  • Engaged Students – Students at Siena Heights University have the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning through common intellectual experiences supporting by a 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio.
  • Great Teaching – Students at Siena Heights University have meaningful, life-shaping interactions with faculty in First-Year Experience, and collaborative assignments and projects.
  • Vibrant Community – Creating connections with peers and faculty in and out of the classroom is an important part of a well-rounded college experience. Siena offers service and community-based learning to help students find a sense of belonging and meaning throughout their undergraduate years.
  • Successful Outcomes – Siena’s undergraduate experience which includes research, internships, Capstone Courses and more, prepares students to graduate successfully, and for a fulfilling life after graduation.

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, Founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”

Creel continued, “We’re inspired by the ways in which Siena Heights University immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years.”

Aside from overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual areas. Siena Heights University has earned additional recognition in the areas of Business and Education.