UMO Awarded for Extraordinary Professional Programming

UMO Awarded for Extraordinary Professional Programming

MOUNT OLIVE – For years, students across the country have known that they could turn to Colleges of Distinction as a one-of-a-kind resource to find the best-fit school for them. Part of what makes Colleges of Distinction unique is how it evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience, as well as a thorough liberal arts education.

Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) has been further honored for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in Business and Education. They site UMO for having engaging competent future employees in Business and Education, and for inspiring them to be critical thinkers with unique, well-rounded insight.

Colleges of Distinction granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a record of accomplishment for success.

“We are ecstatic to celebrate the University of Mount Olive for its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Building upon its extensive liberal arts curriculum, as well as its impressive engagement of High-Impact Practices, the University of Mount Olive continues to stand out through its stance as a leader in professional education.”

UMO President Philip P. Kerstetter said, “I am pleased that the University of Mount Olive has once again been recognized by College of Distinction.  Our mission is to transform the lives of our students through their educational experiences here, and it is rewarding to know that others recognize the great things that are happening at UMO!”

About Colleges of Distinction: Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit