Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes Set Stephens Apart.

Stephens College is proud to announce its recognition as a 2024-2025 College of Distinction, a prestigious honor that highlights its unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional undergraduate education. The award reflects Stephens’ dedication to fostering hands-on learning, strong student-faculty relationships, an active campus community, and stellar student outcomes.

Since its founding in 2000, Colleges of Distinction has awarded schools for their successful implementation of high-impact educational practices and hands-on learning. Unlike traditional ranking systems based on numerical data, its rigorous selection process involves extensive research and detailed interviews with the institutions, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. Stephens College has demonstrated exceptional performance in each of these areas, ensuring a supportive and enriching environment that equips students for future academic and career success.

“A college degree opens the door to many opportunities,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “But a truly worthwhile education prepares students to thrive once they walk through that door. Stephens College’s curriculum encourages meaningful student-faculty collaboration through experiential learning that is relevant and applicable to the real world.” To be listed among the Colleges of Distinction, Stephens demonstrated its unique ways of helping students be active in their education.

“We’ve never ranked our schools,” said Schritter. “No student is alike, so there can’t be a number-one school for everyone. We are much more focused on the innovative ways that colleges are offering their own brand of a truly rich undergraduate education.” Stephens’ individual approach to education helps students achieve success in unique ways that cannot be ranked against others.

Schritter continued, "We are so impressed to see how Stephens College brings life to the traditional undergraduate experience. With a welcoming community, an immersive curriculum, and strong support networks, Stephens is undoubtedly nurturing the growth of tomorrow’s leaders.”

This year, as it has been for the past six years, Stephens was named a College of Distinction in the following: Missouri Colleges, Private Colleges, Education Programs, Career Development Programs, and Equity & Inclusion.

To view Stephens College’s profile and learn more, visit Stephens College (collegesofdistinction.com).


About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools with a dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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