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Stephens College: Our Mission and Commitment 

Founded in 1833, Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission: Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace whatever the future may bring. Focused on the creative arts and health sciences, Stephens continues to prepare graduates (whether from our undergraduate residential college, co-educational graduate programs or 90-year-strong Children's School) for the lives that await them — lives of distinction, integrity and service.


About Mission 250

A Mission that Guides Us

Explore the Stephens College mission and history

Stephens College is proud to be the second-oldest women’s college in the country. Inspired by our mission — Learn. Grow. Lead. — and shaped by our Ten Ideals, we stand in service to generation after generation of Stephens students.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Ten Ideals

Our Strategic Plan

Stephens College History



Leadership that Drives Excellence

Meet our President, leadership and faculty

In 2009, Dr. Dianne M. Lynch became the 24th president of Stephens College. Today our leadership team carries on a tradition of commitment to each and every student as a unique individual. We remain inspired by a simple mission: Learn. Grow. Lead. And we are honored to share in 184 years of excellence.

President Dianne M. Lynch

Stephens College Board of Trustees

Academic Schools and Programs


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Policies and Affiliations 

Learn more about current initiatives, our policies, statements and our culture

Stephens College is committed to a culture of integrity, responsibility, support and respect. Putting words to action, we offer our policy and resource pages. Get to know Stephens today.

Title IX at Stephens College 

Developing an Admissions Policy Statement: A Timeline

College Accreditation Information

Consumer Information page (including public policies)

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More ways to connect 

Access our announcements, publications and social media

We invite you to learn more about Stephens. Home to bold women with bright dreams since 1833, we continue to embrace change and bold new ideas. See what's happening today:

Plan your visit

Stephens Alerts (safety and weather updates)

Stephens News

Beyond Stephens Alumnae magazine




Events Calendar

Contact offices and programs

Alumnae Association

Work at Stephens

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