Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

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Why choose the second-oldest women's college in the country? 

Women's college students are better prepared, more likely to be leaders and more confident than their co-ed peers 

Stephens College was founded as a women’s college in 1833 at a time when universities were not open to women. Although women today have options, we know that a women-only environment provides unique advantages.

Here, students receive challenging and relevant coursework, benefit from small class sizes and enjoy opportunities to network with alumnae and professional guest experts in their fields of interest.

Stephens women also receive innovative career preparatory programming and have access to numerous leadership opportunities.

Studies have shown that students who attend women’s colleges are better prepared for their careers.

Research shows:

  • Those who attend women’s colleges are more likely to speak up and participate in class. 
    At Stephens, our student-to-faculty ratio is 10-to-1, ensuring that your unique voice and perspective will be heard and valued. Our professors will know you by name.

  • Students at women’s colleges are better served in their educational pursuits than co-ed peers.
    That’s especially true at Stephens. Each of our academic programs provides real-world experiences and opportunities outside of the classroom. Whether you’re a digital film student making films your first semester; a fashion student designing and presenting garments at The Collections annual runway fashion show; an education major working in our on-campus elementary school; an equestrian student assisting at our stables; or a marketing student joining our student-run firm, Creative Ink, you will have unprecedented opportunities at Stephens College.

  • Students who attend women’s colleges are more likely to take on leadership roles.
    At Stephens, student government and club representatives routinely meet with the College president and senior administration. There are numerous clubs on campus, and students are always welcome to form and lead their own organizations.

  • Having female role models tends to increase your own aspirations and achievements.
    Our Alumnae Association is more than 20,000 members strong—women who are eager to mentor and support you. You’ll find plenty of role models on campus, too, in our amazing administrators and faculty members.

  • Women’s college attendees are more confident than co-ed peers, even in co-educational environments.
    Stephens gives you the best of both worlds. We’re located in Columbia, Mo., home of the University of Missouri and more than 36,000 college students. That means you can take advantage of our intimate, supportive campus community while enjoying the social benefits of living in a college town.

Read more about the power of women's education.
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Stephens is home to the Marshall Lecture Series aimed to stimulate an interest in international affairs and the Women in Civic Leadership Lecture Series highlighting Stephens College alumnae.

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