Students Say

A student-oriented liberal arts school with an “amazing family atmosphere,” “Stephens empowers women to take on leadership roles in the workplace and the world.”

Overview

Applicants
1,153
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
51%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
8%
Below 1.0

Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

A student-oriented liberal arts school with an “amazing family atmosphere,” “Stephens empowers women to take on leadership roles in the workplace and the world.” This historic women’s college offers “strong programs in performing arts, dance, and fashion,” as well as a unique equestrian studies department, among other “uncommon fields” of study. In and out of the classroom, “Stephens gives its students everything they could possibly need to pursue their dreams,” encouraging them to “think independently” while offering “a plethora of opportunities to build a résumé and gain connections” in their field. For example, “in the dance department we have an amazing world dance program, that brings in famous teachers and choreographers from around the world to teach us for eight weeks!” Career-oriented instructors are “all very qualified in their fields. They love teaching here and are excited to work with students.” Plus, “all of them go by their first name, which is pretty awesome.” Thanks to the limited undergraduate enrollment, “class sizes are small and the education is very personal; you can achieve to the highest level you want.” Students are always treated with respect, and “instructors give their full attention to the students that speak during discussion.” Likewise, when dealing with the higher-ups, “the answer is never no. If a student wants something to happen the faculty, especially the president, will make sure it happens.” Among other recent improvements, Stephens just completed “some amazing renovations to our classrooms, our academic offerings, and our campus.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
117
with Terminal Degree
44

84
Women
33
Men
6
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
34%
Graduate in 5 years
34%
Graduate in 6 years
34%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Equestrian/Equine Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
  • Marketing, Other

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, Other
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Costume Design
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Annie Potts
Actress

Patricia Barry
Emmy Nominated Actress; Founder, Women in Film

Elizabeth Mitchell
Actress

Jeanne Jordan Kirkpatrick
First woman U.S. ambassador to United Nations

Toni Verstandig
former Deputy Asst. Sec. of State

Paula Zahn
News Anchor

Alanna Nash
Writer, Entertainment Weekly and New York Times

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
34%
Graduate in 5 years
34%
Graduate in 6 years
34%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,945

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,618

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,804

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,098

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,543

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,976
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Federal ACG Federal SMART Grant
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Stephens students dole out praise for their “strong, independent, friendly, funny, [and] intelligent” classmates, describing the typical undergrad as a “professional, driven woman who strives to do everything to the best of her ability.” A current student details, “We all have a plan for what we want to do in life, and we know that we will achieve it by being here.” With robust programs in visual and performing arts, a lot of students are “a bit on the artistic side,” while others are “into fashion and boys.” On campus, you’ll hear “conversations about social interaction, the meaning of friendships, our class discussions, our paper topics, books and magazines we read, crafting and creation.” Although they “all come from different backgrounds,” “students here are very accepting” and “generally very friendly.” In particular, students say you can expect to “spend a lot of time with the people you are in classes with”; many forge their closest friendships with other students in their major program. However, given the small size, students “tend to fit in very well,” no matter what their academic or personal interests. At Stephens, “you get to know practically everybody in your graduating class which makes you become really close with those women."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
668
Out of State
45%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
2

Demographics

1.64%
Asian
16.44%
African-American
4.78%
Hispanic
68.31%
Caucasian
1.94%
Unknown

99% female
1% male
45% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students “love the atmosphere” at Stephens College, where a “tremendous community feel” unites students academically and socially. One student describes life at Stephens as “a giant sleep-over all the time, just with classes during the day.” There is a nice mix of extracurricular clubs and activities, including “two national sororities on campus, various academic associations, a student government, and numerous athletic groups.” Students also support their classmates by attending campus events, including many “excellent theater productions and musicals,” “exhibits and shows put on by fashion and graphic design majors,” and “various social activities such as TV-watch parties, game nights, guest speakers, and seasonal festivities.” Located “right next to Mizzou and Columbia College” in the fantastic “college town” of Columbia, Missouri, there are a multitude of student-friendly bars, shops, and restaurants within walking distance of Stephens. On the weekends, “some girls go out swing dancing or to frat parties” at neighboring Mizzou, while others “hang out and watch movies and drink” with their friends. Students note that the “dorm rooms need to be updated,” but they love the fact that the school “allows pets of all kinds on campus,” which means you might share a dorm with dogs, cats, rabbits, or other furry friends.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
19
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (None)
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Stars)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) - A social justice organization focusing in promoting discourse about and awareness of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Minority Support Groups: Martin Luther King Student Union—This group focuses on celebration and education of the diverse cultures of Stephens College. Through programming all-campus events, workshops and community involvement, they provide support for women of color at Stephens and within our diverse community. In addition, they raise money to provide annual scholarships for outstanding women of color at Stephens. Beautiful - Our mission is to create bonds of women of the African Diaspora on the campus of Stephens College in order to unify the Black Community at Stephens. We hope to create a voice for the Black community and to act as a liaison between us and the administration. Furthermore, we hope to educate our community about the importance of addressing issues of social, politically and economic realms. And most importantly, we hope to build a concept of Self among Black women by nurturing each women’s identity and promoting the concept of knowing and loving one’s self.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Missouri
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Missouri
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Missouri

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tiffany Goalder
Admissions Manager, Events & Communicati

Address
1200 East Broadway
Box 2121
Columbia, MO 65215

Phone
573-876-7207

Email
visit@stephens.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kaldi's @ Stars Cafe
Pet Central
Student Union
Equestrian Stables
HIstoric Costume Gallery

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The District (Downtown Columbia)
MU athletics
Stephens Lake
MKT Trail
The Blue Note

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
573-876-7207

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 AM & 1 PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
anytime durning events scheduled or business hours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
kkramer@stephens.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Encouraged to visit overnight event, will accommodate special requests

Transportation


Driving Instructions to Campus
Use travel site for maps and directions.

Local Accommodations
Prospective families are welcome to stay at the Guest Suites at Stephens. Check availability online, and call (573) 876-2335 or email guestsuites@stephens.edu for more information. Let the Admissions office know how we can help!
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Key Stats

1,153
Applicants
668
Size
54%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists