Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College


Committed to excellence since 1833. 

For nearly 200 years, we’ve been giving bright young women the tools, the training and the tenacity to boldly—and unapologetically—go after their dreams.

As we look forward, Stephens is committed to building on our tradition of strength in the creative arts and to creating new programs in areas of high demand in the health sciences. We emphasize leadership, are committed to serving and educating women of all ages and are dedicated to providing exceptional service and support to a diverse population of learners.

A Proud History

Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country. We’ve been helping women dream up—achieve more than they thought possible—since 1833.

We’re proud of the institution Stephens has become. Today, we pride ourselves in:

Dedicated Leadership
Dr. Dianne Lynch has been president of Stephens College since 2009. She has a clear vision for Stephens that includes:

  • Building on our tradition of strength in the creative arts
  • Creating new programs in areas of high demand in the health sciences
  • Emphasizing leadership
  • Continuing to serve and educate women of all ages
  • Providing exceptional service and support

Impressive Rankings

  • Stephens College is the only private college in mid-Missouri to be included in The Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges
  • Stephens' Theatre program is also rated 11th in the nation by The Princeton Review 
  • Stephens' Fashion program is rated 13th in the world by Business of Fashion, London, and rated 1st for long-term investment
  • Columbia is ranked 3rd Best College Town in the country by
  • Stephens is rated No. 1 Top College for Dog Lovers by College Magazine
  • Stephens is consistently ranked among the top regional colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • Stephens’ Master in Strategic Leadership is ranked No. 2 in the country for quality and affordability by 

Amazing Students 
(to name just a few)

  • Alexis Collins ’15, accepted into Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive
  • Shelly Romero ’17 elected Student Representative for the Midwest Region of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society
  • Britta Belle ’16, winner of the design category at Fashion Group International of St. Louis 
  • Dana Heggemann ’16, female recipient of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award

Powerful Alumnae

  • Jeane Kirkpatrick ’46, first woman ambassador to the U.N.
  • Wally Funk ’58, one of the Mercury 13 and the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation SafetyBoard
  • Virginia Shehee ’42 first woman elected to the Louisiana Senate without succeeding a husband
  • Actresses Stephanie Bischoff Beatriz, Elizabeth Mitchell, Annie Potts, Dawn Wells

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.
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Student Consumer Information

The Health Information Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Private College 529 Plan

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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