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Academics

Stephens College is one of the oldest all women’s educational institutions in the country, having spent more than 180 years “empowering women to be independent and show that we can change the world.” Class sizes are very small, so it makes for “a very intensive learning experience,” but luckily the programs here are “so awesome and creative, no Stephens woman is ever bored.” The fashion program is wildly popular and an annual fashion show is one of the school’s most anticipated events, and a strong theatre program “consistently produces great performers.” “Although we are small, we are mighty,” says a student. “It feels like a warm hug everyday on campus.”

Stephens is “blessed” to have an incredible teaching staff. “By creating an amazing and comfortable environment to learn in and ask questions we are set up to succeed in our futures,” says a student. “They also make class time meaningful and always worth going.” “You hit up your favorite professors… during their office hours and catch up with them the same way you caught up with your friends in the morning over coffee,” says a student. All professors “make time to work with you on a personal level” both inside and outside of the classroom and “include lesson plans for every type of learner,” taking time for the experts and the newbies no matter their skill level. Each student gets an adviser in their department who “attentive to their needs and goals,” and the student body and staff “have amazing communication amongst each other” as well.

Student Body

This community of “inspiring, supportive and motivating women” is “a melting pot of women” where everyone “appreciates the outcasts and black sheep.” There are no cookie-cutter college groups here, and a quick survey of the campus will reveal a group of “genuine” women who embody what they love, and whether that means “wearing riding boots, stage makeup, or toting a way too heavy light kit, students are always working on something and looking to achieve their dreams.” “We come from literally all over the world. It’s such a welcoming, diverse atmosphere,” says one girl. Unsurprisingly, feminism “runs strong” here and Stephens is also a “very liberal LGBT+ friendly” place. “Imagine if Katniss from The Hunger Games, Rey from Star Wars, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Hermione from Harry Potter, and Tris from The Hunger Games all went to school together,” says a student. “Yeah, it’s that.”

Campus Life

Stephens ‘Susies’ “enjoy having a great time, but realize when it is time to study.” School-sponsored events can be as frequent as two to four in a day with big events (such as “Half the Sky Day, Citizen Jane, and Diversity Week”) happening once or twice a week. When students “aren’t throwing little parties or fighting the good fight, we just chill.” People enjoy “making meals together in the community kitchens” or at an on-campus apartment, and the lobbies have TVs so “self-organized movie nights are popular,” as well. Some dorm halls “could use a bit of an update,” but all speak lovingly of the “cozy” hallway parties and ensuing friendships. Also of note: the school allows pets on campus.

Most girls are committed to multiple clubs or sports, as “you’d have to go out of your way to not participate in something.” Columbia itself is a great threecollege town filled with everything from “awesome food joints like Gumby’s Pizza and Strange Donuts to art galleries, clubs/bars, Saturday college football games, arcades, geek/novelty stores, and much more.” Students like to go out and shop, hit the bars (if they’re of age), or just go hiking or exploring the local caves and trails surrounding the city.

Overview

Applicants
1,168
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
Below 1.0

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 570
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 31

Early Action — December 31


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.5:1
Total Faculty
120
with Terminal Degree
78

82
Women
38
Men
11
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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.

  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Meeting and Event Planning.
  • Organizational Leadership.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Graphic Communications, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

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

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Physician Assistant.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Costume Design.
  • Dance, General.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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
Oct 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,000

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,000

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
93%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$9,238

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,556

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,144
Required Fees
$200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,424
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
729
Foreign Countries Represented
1

Demographics

1.10%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.52%
Asian
12.71%
African-American
4.28%
Hispanic
69.48%
Caucasian
4.01%
Unknown

99% female
1% male
37% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
30
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

14% participate in intercollegiate sports

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: The Human Experience - 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

61/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tiffany Goalder
Director, Undergraduate Admissions

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
Macklanburg Playhouse

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 & 2 PM
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Check out stephens.edu/visit for schedule availability

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
apply@stephens.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Getting to Columbia, Mo. is easy. We are located on I-70 between Kansas City and St.Louis. In addition to the Columbia airport, both of these cities offer major airports with convenient shuttle services to Columbia.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If you are using an online map program, our official address is 1200 East Broadway, Columbia, Mo., 65215.

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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