Stephens College has been recognized for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices, earning recognition as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction recognizes institutions at the forefront of higher education who promote a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumnae and alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

“We are honored by this recognition,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Brian Sajko. “Colleges of Distinction is focused on the student experience, a commitment we share. Our first-year experience coursework, outreach and programming from our Student Success Center, our commitment to experiential learning, and the expansion of our study abroad programs are just a few of the foundational ways we are working to provide the best student experience.

“Participation in our career-readiness programming is a non-credit graduation requirement for every undergraduate residential student. This leads to students who are more prepared to enter the workforce, and that’s a core part of our mission.

“And finally, we have reduced tuition beginning in the Fall of 2019. The Stephens Solution College Affordability Plan simplifies tuition pricing for everyone and promotes affordability for all those who dream of a private college education.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Stephens College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Stephens College’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities. We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Stephens College stands out.”


About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide 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

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