Stephens College is ranked 28th in the country among baccalaureate colleges by Washington Monthly.
The media outlet, headquartered in Washington, D.C., rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge scholarship and encouraging students to give something back to their country.
Nearly half of all Stephens students qualify for federal Pell grants, and 98 percent receive merit- and need-based financial aid of some sort.
"We're committed to providing young women a quality education regardless of family income, so we're pleased Washington Monthly editors have recognized that," Stephens President Dianne Lynch said.
Stephens also provides students with a number of leadership and service opportunities, including a service project component of a new First Year Experience course all incoming freshmen take.
This year's ranking represents a 21-spot jump from Stephens' ranking in the guide last year. The Washington Monthly's ranking also comes on the heels of Stephens' inclusion in The Princeton Review's 378 Best Colleges guide.
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