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Stevenson University is a private institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,872, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 168 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Stevenson University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 82. Its tuition and fees are $25,310 (2012-13).
Stevenson University (SU) is a private institution located in Maryland, about 10 miles northwest of Baltimore. Students at Stevenson can choose from more than 30 undergraduate areas of study and master’s programs in business, nursing, and forensic science. Stevenson University has a unique program called Career Architecture that helps students decide which studies to pursue based on their skills, values, and interests; the program also provides mock interviews, résumé critiques, recruitments events, and one-on-one career counseling sessions. Stevenson University hosts many annual events for students to attend, such as the Mr. and Ms. SU Pageant contest, the MustangFest battle of the bands, a bus trip to New York, and a campus poker tournament that’s hosted by the students of the Accounting Association. Students can also get involved in more than 30 organizations and play for the Stevenson University Mustangs varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference.
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Stevenson University, founded as Villa Julie College in 1947, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland and offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs, BS to MS degrees, and master's degrees. Stevenson is committed providing career-focused programs based in theory, practice, and mentoring whereby students develop a deep knowledge coupled with practical application and mastery in their major areas. Stevenson developed Career ArchitectureSM, a process whereby students design their futures starting in their freshman year by identifying personal core values and career goals. Career Architecture coupled with internships and a large variety of experiential learning opportunities helps our students build the personal, practical, and intellectual competencies and leadership skills that put them on solid career paths after graduation. As a result, employment rates for Stevenson graduates have remained consistently strong over the past six years: on average, 95 percent of Stevenson graduates find work in their fields or begin pursuing an advanced degree within six months of graduation. The University's educational programs continue to evolve in order to respond to the needs of contemporary society and employers, and to prepare students for career success. Recent additions to our academic offerings include Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Criminal Justice , and Middle School Education. Popular majors include Nursing; Film and Video; Biology; Human Services; Visual Communication Design; and Paralegal Studies. Building on Career Architecture, Stevenson's Learning Beyond program challenges students to expand their educational horizons and offers opportunities for study abroad, service learning, leadership experiences, internships, and independent study. Stevenson nursing students have traveled to Haiti to help earthquake victims; marketing students have seen how business is conducted in global markets in Europe and Central America. Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., president of Stevenson since 2000, has guided the University through the most rapid period of expansion in its history. Since 2000, Stevenson has grown from nearly 1,700 full-time undergraduates to more than 3,600 today. The University has managed this growth by opening a second campus in nearby Owings Mills to supplement the original campus in the Greenspring Valley, transforming itself from a commuter school to a university now housing 2,000 students. A 28-acre site adjacent to its Owings Mills campus was purchased by Stevenson in fall 2011 and will become the future home of the University's School of Design and School of the Sciences. A new 3,500-seat stadium to complement the campus sports complex was opened in fall 2011 provides a state-of-the-art venue for Stevenson's regionally and nationally-ranked Division III athletic teams, including its new football program and nationally-ranked men's and women's lacrosse programs. Stevenson is also a home for the visual and performing arts in the Greater Baltimore area. With two art galleries that have hosted more than 130 exhibitions in the past 13 years, theatrical productions, visiting artists and speakers, seasonal concerts by the Greenspring Valley Orchestra, and its sponsorship of the Baltimore Speakers Series since 2006, Stevenson provides its students with a source for cultural enrichment and new perspectives. Stevenson University attracts an ethnically diverse student population (33%) from 29 states and 10 foreign nations. Approximately 30 percent of our student body is comprised of first generation (Gen 1) college students, and the University was recently awarded a $100,000 WalMart Foundation College Success Award to assist Gen 1 students in the transition to university life. The project is typical of Stevenson's philosophy to remain responsive to students and open to creative approaches that ensure the ultimate success of its graduates.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Stevenson University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Stevenson University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.1 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||58.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at Stevenson University is 16:1, and the school has 62.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Stevenson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Education; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.0 percent.
Stevenson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,872, with a gender distribution of 34.7 percent male students and 65.3 percent female students. At this school, 46.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54.0 percent of students live off campus. Stevenson University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Stevenson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Stevenson University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Stevenson University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Stevenson University.
|Students who have cars on campus||85%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Stevenson University, 75.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,197.
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|Tuition and fees||$25,310 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$11,894 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data