Bethany Included in 2008-09 ‘Colleges of Distinction’ Guide

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College is one of a select group of colleges and universities nationwide selected for inclusion in the 2008-09 “Colleges of Distinction” guide. The “Colleges of Distinction” guide is produced annually by Student Horizons, Inc., a digital services company devoted to higher education.

Founded by educators and admissions professionals, Student Horizons, Inc. bases its recommendations on four key criteria: engaged students, outstanding teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes. The goal of the guidebook is to identify schools which excel in these key areas and provide that information to students, counselors and parents.

To be considered for inclusion as a College of Distinction, a school must be nationally recognized by education professionals for its academics, have a strong focus on teaching undergraduates, host a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, have an active campus with numerous opportunities for personal growth and development, and be highly valued by employers and graduate schools for superior preparation.

Bethany is one of only 46 institutions listed from the Mid-Atlantic Region, which encompasses West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Breaking the country into six regions, the guide recommends a total of just 285 schools as “Colleges of Distinction.” That accounts for fewer than 12 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

“We are very pleased to be included in this prestigious guidebook,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “We are committed to building on Bethany’s long tradition of academic excellence by constantly providing our students with new and innovative opportunities to explore and expand their educational experiences in and out of the classroom.”

More information about the “Colleges of Distinction” project by Student Horizons, Inc., is available at Copies of the guidebook may be ordered online at

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in the state.