Describe Image HereSeptember 14, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) - For the sixth consecutive year, Belhaven University was recognized for its excellence in student-focused higher education and awarded the title of 2015-2016 Christian College of Distinction.

The web-based organization Colleges of Distinction select the institutions based on four criteria - engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Belhaven was commended in all four areas.

The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, counselors and parents with information about schools that excel in these key areas. Belhaven joins a special list that includes notable institutions such as Wheaton College, John Brown University, Baylor University, Bethel College and Union University.

According to Colleges of Distinction, Belhaven was honored because it is nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school and has a strong focus on teaching undergraduates. It is also home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences and has an active campus life with many opportunities for personal development. Belhaven is also highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its career preparation.

Colleges of Distinction takes an unbiased look at the admission process and look at the myths surrounding college admissions, provide tools for self-assessment and provide insights from college admissions professionals, high school counselors, students and parents. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by educators, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research.