Making a Difference Colleges

The "Making a Difference Colleges: Distinctive Colleges to Make a Better World" guidebook uses a range of criteria to rate colleges for their focus on environmental issues, mission and values, and commitment to a global education. Following are amongst the distinctive colleges making a difference:

- The University of Vermont is one of 71 colleges and universities selected for "Making a Difference Colleges". UVM's "green campus" and programs combining education with service are highlighted along with a university culture that "instills a combination of pragmatism and idealism necessary to have a positive impact on the world."

- State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has been included as one of 71 distinctive colleges chosen for the 2007 edition of the Making a Difference Colleges guide. The University was selected based upon the college's strong environmental focus, as well as its variety of service learning and field study options, interdisciplinary programs, and other factors.

- The guide singled out St. Olaf College commitment to international education; its innovative academic programs in American racial and multicultural studies, environmental studies, women's studies, and Hispanic studies; its community service orientation; and its environmental stewardship.

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