Welcome to Stephens!

We are looking forward to your arrival on campus. In the meantime, you have several steps to complete. Please review our Incoming Student Checklist and complete all the steps that are relevant to you. And please reach out if you need assistance — we are more than happy to help!


Find what you need:


Accepted Students


File your FAFSA

If you haven't already, file your FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which also serves as your application for financial aid at Stephens. We use this information to help determine the aid, grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid. You are always welcome to contact [email protected] with your questions, too. Stephens’ FAFSA code is 002512.

Start the FAFSA >


Confirm your Enrollment

Confirm your enrollment at Stephens with your deposit. We use your date of deposit to assign housing, so you’ll want to secure your spot as soon as possible.

Place your enrollment deposit >


Complete an Accepted Student Visit

Come to campus to enroll in your first-semester classes and get your Student ID, take a tour of residence halls, meet other students, and more! You may also complete your visit virtually.

If the times on our visit calendar don't work for you, please send an email to [email protected] and we will help you arrange an evening or Saturday visit!

The Conservatory for the Performing Arts hosts their own Accepted Student Day. If you have been accepted to the Conservatory, please contact [email protected] for more information.


Steps for Enrolled Students


Apply for Campus Housing or Appeal to Live Off Campus

We are committed to the residential campus experience. Student learning outcomes are better and our community is stronger when students live on campus. We encourage all students to live on campus for the duration of their education and have 12-month housing options available for students in year-round programs and those who need year-round housing.

Athletes receiving Stephens Stars Scholarships are required to live on campus while they receive their scholarship.


Living Off Campus Approval Requirements:

Stephens College students who are of freshman or sophomore status are required to live on campus and participate in the College's meal plan unless they meet at least one of the exemptions listed below, and meet with a Financial Aid counselor. Our financial aid packages are offered with the assumption that all students live on campus, and your institutional aid may be adjusted if you live off campus.

  1. Students who live with their parent/grandparent within Boone County (verification of address required)
  2. Students who are 24 years of age or older (proof of age required)
  3. Students who are married (marriage license required)
  4. Students who have dependent children living with them


Bringing a Pet to Campus?

Students who are living in pet-friendly housing (Pillsbury Hall 1st, 2nd or 3rd floors; Searcy Hall; or Tower Hall) may bring a pet to campus. You may also apply to foster a pet through the Stephens College partnership with Columbia Second Chance.

Review Pet Program policies and register your pet >


Register for Classes

Your Admissions Counselor will coordinate with you and the chair of your academic program to put together a schedule of classes. Once you are registered, you will receive an email to your permanent email address with the informationto confirm Stephens email address. 


Confirm your Stephens College Email Address

You will receive a welcome message from Stephens College Information + Technology Services with your personal email address (for example, [email protected]). Important information about Stephens will be sent to this email address as you prepare to come to campus and throughout your time at Stephens, so be sure to get in the habit of checking it often.  

  • If you haven’t received information about your Stephens email address yet, contact your Admissions Counselor.  Your Admissions Counselor can resend your confirmation email.

  • If you have received it, but you have questions or need help, contact I&TS [email protected]


Get your Stephens College Student ID

If you haven’t visited campus since enrolling, you’ll need to get a Stephens College Student ID. You have two options:

  • Use the Student ID Photo Upload Form. The photo you provide will be printed on your ID. IDs with photos submitted by Friday, Aug. 13, will be mailed to your home address. IDs made with photos submitted after Aug. 13 will be available for pick up in the Accounting Office in Lela Raney Wood Hall upon arrival on campus. 
  • Go to the Accounting Office in Lela Raney Wood Hall when you arrive on campus to have your picture taken for your Student ID.

Consent for Treatment of Minor in Health Services Form

Students under 18 years of age before the first day of classes must have a parent/guardian complete a Consent for Treatment of Minor in Health Services Form.


Set up a Tuition Payment Plan

Before you move into the residence halls or start classes, you’ll need to pay your student bills or set up an interest-free monthly payment plan. 

Student Accounts >


Order your Textbooks

Find what materials are required for your classes and get the best value on textbooks and course materials through Stephens' official online bookstore

bncvirtual.com/stephens >


Purchase a Parking Pass

If you are bringing a vehicle to campus and wish to park in designated student parking lots, you will need a Student Parking Pass.

Register Your Vehicle >

You’ll need your driver’s license, insurance information, vehicle license plate number and vehicle identification to complete the form. Follow these instructions: 

  1. Set your browser to allow pop-ups
  2. Select the Group (Stephens College Security)
  3. Click "Write New Online Permit Registration"
  4. Choose the appropriate permit type
  5. Select "Annual" for permit period
  6. Select the appropriate affiliation
  7. Complete all information blocks in Step 2
  8. Complete all information blocks for your vehicle in Step 3
  9. Review all information
  10.  Finalize the purchase

Pay for your annual parking pass >


Great work! 

The next step is to pack your stuff and come to campus. We'll have your room key ready for you on move-in day! 

Contact Us

Admissions + Aid

Stephens College Visitors Center
(573) 876-7207 (573) 876-7237 [email protected] 1215 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215
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