The Stephens College theatre program has been ranked No. 6 in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review.
The ranking is part of the new “The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition,” which names Stephens one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates and places it among the “top 20” in several categories, including Quality of Life.
“We’re proud to be included in this national list of the ‘best of the best’ of the nation’s colleges and universities,” said Dr. Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College. “In particular, these rankings reflect Stephens College’s core mission: exceptional academic programs; the best overall college experience for every student—from residential life to access to the administration; positive relationships with our broader community; and a commitment to inclusion and diversity.”
Stephens was the only local college to make any of the “top 20” lists.
For the first time, Stephens ranked #7 in Town-Gown Relations are Great, #16 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction and #17 in Best Quality of Life.
Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, dean of the School of Performing Arts, said the Stephens theatre program consistently has been recognized in the Top 20 nationwide.
“Stephens has a rich history in the performing arts, and we value the significance of truly robust arts training,” she said. “The ranking indicates the standards of excellence embodied by our students, faculty and staff in performing arts. With more than 60 performance opportunities each year, more than 20 guest artists across all disciplines, and a thoughtful experiential curriculum, we develop students who are well prepared to make a contribution to the arts and the world upon graduation.”
Here’s how The Princeton Review work: It doesn’t rank the colleges from 1 to 382 in any category. Instead, it uses students’ ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 137,000 students (358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s career services.
‘Your school’s inclusion in the book is solely due to our high opinion of your college’s outstanding academic programs,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review and author of the guide. “Your school’s appearance on any of the book’s ranking lists is solely due to what students we surveyed at your school reported to us about their opinions of and experiences at your school.”
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