Attending college for the first time? You're a first-year student.

Stephens defines First Time in College (FTIC) as a student who has earned fewer than 10 college credits after high school graduation. If you have earned 10 or more college credits after high school graduation, you should apply as a transfer student.


Apply in three simple steps, with no application fee.

Step 1

Fill out our online application and tell us more about you.

Enter the Stephens College Application Portal >

Step 2

Submit your official high school transcript(s). Your high school counselor can help you with that. To be considered official, the transcript must be mailed directly to Stephens College by your school(s).

Have your official transcript(s) mailed to:

Stephens College Office of Admissions 
1200 E. Broadway
Campus Box 2121 
Columbia, MO 65215

Electronic transcripts may be submitted through various electronic transcript services and can also be sent to [email protected] directly from the institution. Transcripts received through this account from a student will not be considered official.


Step 3

Stephens is test optional for 2021-2022. If you'd like us to consider your test scores, submit your official ACT or SAT results to Stephens College.

ACT code: 2374
SAT code: 6683




Stephens uses a rolling admissions process, which means it is never too early or late to apply. We do have two Early Decision deadlines for priority scholarship consideration.

Early Decision I: apply by November 1
Early Decision II: apply by January 31

We also look at deposit date when it’s time to make housing and other assignments, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We’ll always take the time to thoroughly review your application, and provide a timely response.


Financial Aid

The FAFSA application opens on Oct. 1. Stephens College has a FAFSA priority filing date of Feb. 1.

Financial Aid at Stephens >


Institutional Scholarships

The information you provide on your application will be automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility and admission to the Stephens Scholars Honors Program and scholarship. Nearly all Stephens students receive some form of financial aid.

Check out the scholarships you’ll be considered for >

Explore the Stephens Scholars Honors Program >


Undergraduate Residential Women’s College Eligibility

Consistent with our mission, admission and continued enrollment in our undergraduate residential women’s college is restricted exclusively to women, including students who are legally identified as female and who self-identify as women; students who document an ongoing transition to female and who self-identify as women; and students who are legally identified as female but do not fit within the gender binary. The program will not admit or enroll students who self-identify as men or who are transitioning to male. This policy went into effect for students admitted or readmitted beginning in Fall 2019.

Updated October 2018.

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