Stevenson University

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1525 Greenspring Valley Road

Stevenson, MD 21153

Phone: (410) 486-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#87 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Stevenson University is a private institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,904, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 168 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Stevenson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 87. Its tuition and fees are $27,082 (2013-14).

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.

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

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. 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 Biochemisty, Environmental Science, 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 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 4,000 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 the existing Owings Mills campus was purchased by in fall 2011 and is becoming the new home of the University's School of Design in fall 2013 and the School of the Sciences in 2014. 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 D3 football program and nationally-ranked men's and women's lacrosse programs. Stevenson provides its students with a source for cultural enrichment and new perspectives and is a home for the visual and performing arts in the Greater Baltimore area, hosting gallery exhibitions , theatrical productions, visiting artists and speakers, and seasonal concerts by the Greenspring Valley Orchestra. Since 2006, Stevenson has sponsored the Baltimore Speakers Series which bring world leaders, opinion-makers, and scholars to the Greater Baltimore community and to the University's campus. Stevenson University attracts an ethnically diverse student population (37%) from 37 states and 25 foreign nations. After more than six decades, Stevenson University remains a dynamic institution where students grow in knowledge and discover their paths to personal and professional success.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $56,310,622


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 58.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 58.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Stevenson University is 15:1, and the school has 65 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 Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 20%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 10%
Education 9%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Stevenson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,904, with a gender distribution of 34.8 percent male students and 65.2 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. Stevenson University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,418
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
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Stevenson University, 74.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,405.

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Tuition and fees $27,082 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,490 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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