Website redesign features include integrated social media, in-profile videos, "save and compare" function, and optimized mobile version

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Colleges of Distinction, an online college guide that highlights student-focused college and universities, has launched its newly redesigned website with enhanced features to better serve college-bound high school students, parents, college counselors and its member schools. Schools featured on are recognized for their excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. "We take a unique approach," said Katie Creel, vice president of Colleges of Distinction. "Rather than focus solely on selectivity—the basis for many college guides—we help parents and students discover the colleges that are the best places to learn, grow and succeed."


The updated website offers an enhanced user experience, including:

  • Integrated social media that enable students and counselors to share schools or blog articles through Facebook, explore boards about dorm life and college style on Pinterest and follow Colleges of Distinction on Twitter or Tumblr.
  • A new "save and compare" function that allows users to compare schools on core statistics and save their searches for later viewings.
  • Google Maps powered location display that now offers visitors a map with a location pin for each school.
  • An optimized mobile site for smart phones and tablets that makes for easier mobile reading and searching.

"Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors recommendations and quantitative research," said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. "Our website upgrade also offers exciting new features for our member schools, including the ability to add video to their profile, and improved Search Engine Optimization to boost traffic to school profiles."

The newly enhanced website is part of a comprehensive brand refresh for Colleges of Distinction. The logo and web icons were also redesigned as part of its overall new look, which debuted this spring.

About Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction is a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education. 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. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit


Media Contact: Katie Creel, Four Distinctions, LLC, 512-994-0203,

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