Get to Know Stephens College
Founded in 1833, Stephens College is the second oldest women’s college in the country. Our students enjoy individualized attention, lots of leadership opportunities and small class sizes—all while living in Collegetown, U.S.A.
PRESIDENT: Dr. Dianne Lynch became the 24th president of Stephens College in June 2009. She previously served as dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Lynch earned her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying feminist history in journalism, and her Ph.D. in Art History and Communications from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied feminist theory and social identity development.
COLUMBIA COMMUNITY: Home of the University of Missouri and several private schools and satellite campuses, Columbia is also referred to as College Town, U.S.A. That means our students get the benefits of a women’s college while still enjoying a co-ed community. The city, roughly 120 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis, has a population of about 108,000, including more than 30,000 college students. Columbia is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best cities in which to live. The city has all of the advantages of a metropolitan area—restaurants, boutique shops, a mall and lots of arts and music festivals—while maintaining Midwestern appeal. Columbia has numerous parks, bike and walking trails, including nearby Stephens Lake Park.
CAMPUS: Located within walking distance of downtown Columbia, Stephens spans roughly 47 acres. In addition to our estimated annual economic impact on Boone County of $50 million, Stephens also contributes to the community’s social, cultural and intellectual enrichment. Our School of Performing Arts offers 10 theatre productions and four dance concerts during the school year, as well as summer theatre and dance programs. Our Historic Costume Gallery and Davis Art Gallery exhibit a variety of works throughout the school year. And Stephens offers summer camps for area schoolchildren.
STUDENT BODY: Stephens attracts women from nearly every state, with approximately 42 percent coming from out of state.
FACULTY: We have roughly 50 full-time instructors, most of whom have Ph.D.s or appropriate terminal degrees in their field. While faculty members conduct research, often with assistance from students, public papers and present at conferences across the country, our commitment to women’s education comes first. Teaching is the first priority of all of our faculty members.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: Stephens offers more than 50 majors and minors. Our innovative, hands-on programs ensure that students learn by doing. We have five academic units: The School of Performing Arts for theatre and dance; the School of Fashion and Design; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, which includes equestrian studies, digital film and education; the School of Humanities and Sciences, which houses biology, psychology and English/creative writing; and the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communications, which includes marketing, event planning and graphic design. Students can also customize a program to tailor a degree that meets their specific interests or take courses to prepare for medical or veterinary schools or other pre-professional programs. Several of our programs, including event planning and education, have three-year tracks that let students graduate a year early. Stephens graduates can earn a master’s degree in as little as one additional year through our Plus programs. Stephens is also a member of the Mid-Missouri Associated Colleges and Universities consortium, which provides cross-registration opportunities for students, tuition free.
DIVISION OF Graduate, Online & Non-Credit Programs: The Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Strategic Leadership (MSL) are 100 percent online and allow students to customize emphasis areas, enrolling students nationwide. The College offers a Master of Education in Counseling program that provides certification in School Counseling, Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), as well as a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction designed for working teachers. We provide a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration. Beginning in 2014, Stephens will launch a 10-month Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program designed for college graduates who want to prepare for medical, veterinary or other healthcare professional programs. Our Professional Conservatory Training Program is a two-year, two-summer program that trains students for the world of theatre or dance. Learn more about our programs.
CLASS SIZE: Our average class size is 11 and our student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION: 98 percent of our students receive some form of merit- or need-based aid, and the College awards more than $9 million annually in scholarships and aid. Direct costs for a full-time student at Stephens for the academic year are:
|2013-2014 Annual Fees|
|Tuition and General Fees||$27,954|
|Board (range from All-Flex to Unlimited Meal plan):||$2,000-$3,468|
|Total Direct Costs||$33,824-$39,452|
LEADERSHIP: Studies have shown that women who attend women’s colleges have higher levels of confidence and graduates are more likely to report satisfaction in their lives and careers. At Stephens, students can participate in many clubs and organizations, including two national sororities, or create their own.
ATHLETICS: As a member of the NAIA Champions of Characters program, Stephens values integrity, respect, sportsmanship and responsibility both on and off the court or field. Our Athletics Program offers basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. A member of the American Midwest Conference, we enjoy regional rivalries. Students can take advantage of the Silverthorne Arena, Stephens Tennis Courts and our convenient fitness room near the Student Union in Stamper Commons.
FACILITIES: Stephens offers a mix of the historic red-brick buildings and modern athletic, performance, and classroom facilities. Historic Senior Hall, the College's first residence hall, along with the entire Historic Quadrangle, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Firestone Baars Chapel, designed by St. Louis Gateway Arch architect Eero Saarinen, is a Columbia landmark and a focal point of the Stephens campus.
STUDY ABROAD: Stephens encourages women to experience other cultures. Our Study Abroad program allows students to combine academic study with cross-cultural interactions in places such as Italy, Paris, London, South Korea, Seoul and other locations.
RESIDENCE LIFE: Stephens has a variety of living options for students and, in some cases, their pets. Searcy Hall, also known as Pet Central, is a community-style hall. Pillsbury, Tower and Wood halls have suite-style rooms with a bathroom adjoining two rooms. Tower and Columbia halls offer student apartments for upperclasswomen.
ALUMNAE: Approximately 20,000 women from across the world make up the Stephens College Alumnae Association. Among our most notable alumnae are: Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick, the first U.S. woman Ambassador to the United Nations; actresses Elizabeth Mitchell, Annie Potts and Dawn Wells; and news reporter Paula Zahn. Stephens’ extensive alumnae network provides immediate industry connections and an invaluable resource for our graduates who are starting their careers.
HONORS: The following honors have helped to earn Stephens College a strong national reputation.
- Consistently ranked one of the Best Regional Colleges Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
- Repeatedly selected to The Princeton Review’s guide to the Best Colleges
- Considered a “Best Buy” in online education by Get Educated
- No. 1 Most Pet-Friendly College in the U.S. by Dogster.com
ACCREDITATION: Stephens College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association and accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Stephens' business and business-related programs are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
The Health Information Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Stephens is a member of the U-CAN (the University and College Accountability Network), a free, consumer-informed college information Web site.
Stephens College admits students of any race, religion, geographic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or disability, or handicap, in administration of its educational policies; admission policies; scholarship and loan, athletic and other college-administered programs; or in its employment practices.
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