From the School

Founded in 1833, Stephens College believes in providing bold, ambitious young women with the tools, knowledge and experiences they need to chase down their dreams. The College focuses on the creative arts and health sciences and emphasizes experiential learning, career preparation and leadership. The growing college town location provides a wealth of recreational and social opportunities while the tradition of the Ten Ideals encourages a culture of respect and responsibility.


From The School

Stephens uses a rolling admissions review process, which means it is never too early or late to apply. However, the date of a student’s deposit is taken into consideration for housing and class registration so early applications are strongly encouraged. The information provided during the application process will be automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
Below 1.0

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 620

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 590

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


Early Decision — December 31

Early Action — December 31

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Stephens College is committed to helping students and alumnae prepare for success in the workforce and life. We take a holistic approach to career and life planning and understand the importance of connecting the right graduate with the right opportunity. Stephens’ College-to-Career curriculum includes a non-academic graduation requirement that focuses on career exploration, counseling and assessment. A step-by-step approach begins at student orientation and builds to a student's final year.

Academic advising is a form of teaching and an integral part of each student’s education. Quality, thoughtful advising is taken seriously at Stephens. A first-year advising program helps students get started on their college journey. Subsequent years of advising focus on career planning. Advisers take the time to listen and are committed to helping students navigate their way. Stephens believes that small class sizes and individual attention are essential to success and promotes a 10-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Stephens is a leader in the creative arts and health sciences and all programs emphasize hands-on experiential learning, leadership cultivation and career experiences. Students benefit from a wide range of offerings in the performing arts, health sciences and fashion. Popular majors also include equestrian studies, education, film, English and creative writing, marketing, design, event and convention management, and psychology. Self-directed majors and minors offer more options.

Many majors can be completed in 3 years including several in the School of Performing Arts. The school applies a 3-year/2-summer approach that includes summer intensives to ensure students graduate on time with an impressive body of experiences, well prepared for their next career step.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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


  • 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 Clinical Sciences

  • 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 Studies
  • Musical Theatre
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management

Students Say

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.


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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Annie Potts

Patricia Barry
Emmy Nominated Actress; Founder, Women in Film

Elizabeth Mitchell

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

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Annual tuition for 2016-17 is $29,554 with room/board ranging from $8,187 to $12,268 at the private institution.

Financial Aid

Ninety-eight percent of Stephens students receive some form of financial aid. The College Office of Financial Aid is always available to help families understand their options and works hard to help all families afford a quality education.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Oct 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Stephens College is proud to be the second-oldest women’s college in the country yet part of a large co-educational college town. Students (as well as faculty, staff and alumnae) deeply value diversity in all its forms, commit to a culture of respect and support, and empower women’s leadership and creativity.

As a women’s college, Stephens recognize and celebrates the skills and talents of student-athletes. Athletics programs provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves physically, to experience teamwork in action and to simply a life of sport. We are committed to the philosophy of developing student-athletes whose first priority is education. We’re affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a member of the American Midwest Conference. Athletics programs include Basketball, Competitive Dance, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.

Stephens College has been consistently recognized as the most pet-friendly campus in the country and welcomes dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, mice, rabbits, rats, sugar gliders, turtles and hedgehogs, and includes scholarships for pet fostering, pet parades and activities, and even Doggy Daycare. Stephens also offers pet-free zones too including residence halls with no pets allowed, providing options for everyone.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

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

Students Say

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."


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Ranked (over and over and over again) as one of the best college towns in America, Columbia, Mo. is home to 36,000+ college students. Columbia has it all: big time college sports; film, music and arts festivals; amazing recreation; and a great downtown with lots of places to eat, shop, snack and check out the latest bands. Stephens College is just steps from downtown yet the campus itself is known for historic charm with red brick buildings and lovely green spaces.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

From Pillsbury Science Center to Catharine Webb Studios (home to the School of Design), Stephens features carefully renovated spaces with the latest equipment and technologies for collaborative and hands-on learning. The School of Performing Arts features two theatres for public performances and a range of studios and rehearsal spaces (as well as a summer stock theatre located in Iowa). Education students benefit from an on-site lab school (pre-school and K-5) while students majoring in Equestrian Studies enjoy an Equestrian Center that is just steps from campus.

Most students live right on campus – steps away from friends, professors, classrooms, labs, dining and free laundry facilities. Students also have access to facility crews when needed and 24-hour, 7-day security. Halls have wifi throughout. Stephens offers traditional residential halls, special housing communities and apartment-style suites and options —all with residential advisers and programming. The pet-friendly campus includes pet-friendly housing and halls where pets are not allowed.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The pursuit of international opportunities (study abroad, service abroad) is encouraged and students have travelled from South Africa to Soeul, Korea. A Student Success Center provides a comprehensive list of services to ensure students are well prepared and excited by the academic experience. A Stephens Scholars program provides additional academic challenge and service opportunities.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

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.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (None)
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Stars)
7 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

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


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Tiffany Goalder
Director, Undergraduate Admissions

1200 East Broadway
Box 2121
Columbia, MO 65215



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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Check out for schedule availability

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


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 for more information. Let the Admissions office know how we can help!

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