Connecting creativity, challenge and opportunity in inspiring new ways.
A deeply committed alumnae network, challenging industry internships, talented faculty with extensive professional experience and an amazing energy for creativity are all hallmarks of a program that prepares young women for a growing global industry—one that’s full of possibilities. Collaboration among degree programs reflects how the industry really works while a solid liberal arts foundation and focus on women as leaders complements core curriculum. We are the place for leaders looking to excel in industries locally, nationally and globally—leaders who want to shape the world through effective communication; inspire through thoughtful marketing programs, meaningful events and powerful, original designs; and lead through strategic initiatives and creative problem-solving.
Industry Trends & Recognition
- Stephens College has the 13th best fashion program in the world, according to Business of Fashion, London. The fashion organization also named Stephens No. 1 in long-term value and No. 5 for best learning experience.
- Stephens College has been named one of the Top Fashion Schools in the World by Fashionista.com, one of the largest independent fashion news sites. Stephens was one of only 19 U.S. schools to make the list and the only liberal arts college.
- Stephens is also one of few Midwestern colleges and the only women’s college to be associated with the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
- Stephens has also been recognized as a top school by fashion schools.org for its design and fashion marketing and management programs.
- US News and World report ranks Marketing Manager as the #7 best Business Job and ranks Event Planner #9 (and one of the fastest growing). And many Strategic Communications careers—like Public Relations Specialist and Advertising Manager—continue to experience above-average growth
- Fashion is a global industry. Learn why fashion is serious business and see salaries for 40+ fashion industry careers
- The Stephens M.S.L. is rated a #2 Best Buy by GetEducated.com.
- 40+ visiting professionals annually from all parts of the globe
- Study trips to international fashion capitals for credit (as well as additional opportunities through the Study Abroad office)
- Career-focused internships with companies like Nordstrom, Lancome, Victoria's Secret, Bottega Veneta, Anthropologie, Cosmopolitan magazine, Calvin Klein, Marie Claire, as well as top national ad agencies, and local opportunities with some of Fortune 500's fastest-growing companies including Veterans United and Influence & Co.
- Opportunities to gain professional agency experience with the student-run marketing firm Creative Ink
- Innovative design/critic program that partners students with an industry professional mentor
- Annual sold-out fashion show that brings together all fashion disciplines; students showcase designs selected by a rigorous Jury of Selection or focus on event promotion and planning or styling
- State-of-the-art labs where you can explore your creativity while mastering the latest tools
- 13,000+ piece historic fashion collection that can be used by students for visual display, design inspiration or to view fashion history in real time
- Professional faculty committed to your success
- Fashion leaders from all corners of the country come to Columbia to present to students
- Historic Costume Gallery spring exhibit to explore the language of clothing
- New student group builds portfolios, creates opportunities for creative student professionals
- Belle takes top design honors at Fashion Group International event in St. Louis
- Students make, donate heart-shaped pillows to breast cancer survivors
- Popular food/fashion designer critiques student work
- Students create pink dresses for breast cancer awareness month
- Exhibit shows Hollywood's influence on fashion throughout the decades
- Stephens fashion program is in Top 5 in U.S., according to Business of Fashion
- Fashion library contributes to upcoming Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition