Stephens College

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1200 E. Broadway

Columbia, MO 65215

Phone: (573) 442-2211
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#30 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Stephens College is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 673, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 86 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Stephens College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 30. Its tuition and fees are $27,954 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Stephens College's Mission is:
"Historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women, Stephens College engages students in an innovative educational experience focused on pre-professional fields and the performing arts and grounded in the liberal arts. Graduates of Stephens are career-ready women of distinction, connected through a supportive network of alumnae across the world, confident in themselves, and inspired by our tradition of the Ten Ideals as core values that enrich women's lives."

Originating in 1921, the Ten Ideals are Respect, Courage, Independence, Support, Sensitivity, Responsibility, Belief, Creativity, Intelligence and Leadership.

Stephens College was established in 1833. For more than 175 years, we have been educating women to become leaders as well as valuable contributors toward the betterment of our society. I am delighted to be a part of this fine institution, to celebrate her history and to work to create a future of unlimited possibilities.

Stephens offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate level for women, as well as distance-learning and on-campus programs in our Graduate and Continuing Studies division for both men and women. We take pride in the strong bonds we've developed within our local community of Columbia, Missouri, and within the vast network of Stephens graduates we have across the country.

Our commitment to the performing arts, pre-professional programs and the liberal arts is evident in our mission statement. So is our commitment to each student's success at Stephens. Our campus culture offers a values-driven living and learning environment (check out the Ten Ideals); close interaction with faculty and student peers; hands-on experience in the major beginning the student's first year at Stephens; and resources inside and outside the classroom that build students' skills, knowledge and confidence. Our extensive network of alumnae assists students in finding internships and employment after graduation. You can even bring your pet to campus to live with you in a residence hall.

Whether you are interested in forming ties with Stephens - perhaps as a new student - or whether you seek ways to simply keep in touch with the goings-on at Stephens - perhaps as an alumna - we invite you to explore our web site. Please let us know if we can help!

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1833
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $34,672,829


When applying to Stephens College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Stephens College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Stephens College is 11:1, and the school has 75.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Stephens College include: Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General; Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator; Fashion Merchandising; Marketing, Other; and Dance, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 18%
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 17%
Fashion Merchandising 9%
Marketing, Other 7%
Dance, General 6%

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Student Life

Stephens College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 673, with a gender distribution of 2.4 percent male students and 97.6 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus. Stephens College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 882
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Stephens College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Stephens College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Stephens College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Stephens College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $27,954 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,508 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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