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Get ready for August.

You've made a great decision to come to Stephens. We know you are going to have an amazing experience here, but there's also a lot to learn about college life and our community. We've put together this handy page with some of the most common questions and answers and the forms and info you need to plan for your August arrival.  


We'll be updating this page throughout the spring and summer, so check back often. (If you still need to make a deposit, you can pay your deposit here.) 

How can I complete my financial aid package?

Your financial aid package will be mailed to you after you've completed the FAFSA. (If you are not planning to submit a FAFSA, please inform your counselor or a financial aid representative.)

Your financial aid packet will explain the financial aid you can expect from Stephens (including any scholarship awards) as well as any remaining amount that you may owe.

To finalize your aid, you’ll need to return the following items to the Office of Financial Aid:

  1. A signed copy of your financial aid award letter
  2. Master Promissory Note
  3. Entrance Counseling Form
  4. A signed copy of the Excess Title IV Funds Usage Authorization Form

These forms can be submitted by mail to Stephens College, Office of Financial Aid, 1200 E. Broadway Blvd., Columbia, MO  65215; or scanned and emailed to; or faxed to (573) 876-2320. (These forms are included in the mailed packet.) 

Are you receiving student or parent federal loans? Please visit to complete the loan application process.

More questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at (573) 876-7106; by fax at (573) 876-2320; or by email at

Please note that the Office of Accounting will issue your tuition bill in June. Completing your financial aid process as early as possible with ensure the most accurate and timely billing. Those planning to complete a Living Off Campus form should do so as soon as possible. If you need to complete any financial aid forms, you can find them on our Forms page.  


What do I need to know about housing?

Residence hall assignments are based on your day of deposit. The Office of Admissions will send you an electronic housing form via email (typically in early May). We'll use this information to assign you to one of our residence halls.

To explore residence hall options, see links below:

When is Move-in Day? Orientation? The first day of classes?

Move-in Day kicks off an exciting series of orientation programs designed to acquaint you with other members of your entering class, familiarize you with the campus and campus resources, provide you with opportunities to talk to your advisers, learn more about academic requirements, and introduce you to the faculty, staff, student leaders and administrators who will help ensure you have an outstanding Stephens experience. More information on move-in day and orientation will be posted this summer. 

  • Move-in day for new incoming students (first-year and transfer new to the College) is Friday, August 16. 
  • New Student Orientation runs from August 16-19.
  • The first day of classes for all students is Tuesday, August 20
  • Review the academic calendar to see all class breaks (holiday break, spring break, etc.)  
  • Welcome Home Family and Friends Weekend (a great time for family to come back for a visit) is Sept. 27-28.
  • A complete calendar of public events can be found at 

What if I am a student-athlete?

Talk to a coach about playing for the Stars.

Student-athletes in the following (fall) programs should talk to their coaches about their move-in day: Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball.

If you are interested in esports, complete our esports application.  

Who is my adviser? How do I get my class schedule?

If you're a first-year student, you'll be assigned one of our first-year advisers. They will work with you to develop your course schedule. If you've attended/are planning to attend an Accepted Student Day, we'll begin the process there. If you are unable to attend, we'll work with you to go over your fall schedule. This will be done throughout May and June as you finalize your deposit and enrollment. 

If you are a transfer student, you'll be working with an adviser in your program. Your adviser will also go over the credits you bring with you and help you with your degree plan.

Course schedules are developed on a rolling basis following your deposit date. 

Note that book ordering information will come later in the summer. 

What if I need to visit campus?

Do you need to schedule your first visit or a follow-up visit? You can arrange visit dates on our Plan a Visit page. We can tailor your visit to your interests. 

What if I'm bringing a pet to campus?

Stephens is the most pet-friendly campus on the planet. But balancing the needs of pets and people requires a few rules.

What's there to do in Columbia, Mo.?

Ranked (over and over and over again) as one of the best college towns in America, Columbia is home to three colleges and 36,000+ college students. Columbia has it all: big-time college sports; film, music and arts festivals; amazing recreation; and a great downtown. Discover more about Columbia:

How do I request ADA/504 and related services?

The Stephens College Student Success Center is committed to offering accommodations for students with mental or physical disabilities. Those requiring service should visit our ADA/504 Services Disability page to learn about requesting services and to access forms and agreements.

How do I get my email? What services does Information & Technology Services provide?

Approximately two weeks before your first semester at Stephens, you will receive an email, at the email address provided when you applied, containing your Stephens username and password. Included will be information on different technology services available at Stephens and how to access them. You can also read more on our Campus Technology Resources page.

How do I get a parking pass? How else can I get around town?

Stephens College is close to downtown and it’s easy to walk to shops and restaurants there. Campus security also offers regularly scheduled trips to local stores like Walmart. However, many students still choose to bring a car or consider other transportation options. 

Parking your car on campus: Due to limited parking, all vehicles utilizing campus parking lots must be registered. Students who wish to park on campus are required to purchase a parking permit at the low cost of $78 per academic year; a valid insurance card will be required. Motorcycles also must be registered. 

Below is the link to register your car for parking on campus. When you finish registering your car, the site will take you to the page so you can pay.

You will pick up your parking permit at ‘Navigate your Way’ during orientation.

Mobility-impaired students with special parking needs should contact the Office of Student Development at (573) 876-7212 or for special parking information. For more information regarding city-wide regulations, contact the Columbia Police at (573) 874-7652.

Bike share: Stephens is excited to offer a free bike check out. This is available through the Safety & Security office and there is no fee. It's a great way to get around. 

What about immunizations?

Please complete and return this form. Email/scan completed form to

What about emergency alerts?

We encourage all students to register for our emergency notification system called RAVE. RAVE keeps us informed of severe weather in the vicinity, school cancellations, emergencies on campus and emergencies in the area. Go to this link to register:

I can’t wait to get to campus! How can I follow Stephens all summer long?

Deposited students are given access to a private Facebook group where they can meet other incoming students. Talk to your admissions counselor about getting access to this site. We have lots of other interesting feeds and social media sites anyone can follow.

Get connected:

Want to know at any given moment EXACTLY how long it is until Move-In Day? Get a Countdown reminder on Main College Instagram.

Main College Instagram
Main College Facebook
Main College Twitter
Stars Athletics Twitter
Facebook for School of Creative and Performing Arts
Facebook for School of Design
Facebook for Equestrian program
Facebook for English, Creative Writing and Women’s Studies programs

Other ways to follow Stephens
Visit our Official College news page
Check out our publications site
Stephens Life magazine’s Instagram account (Student run)
Flickr Photo Collections

What else might I need to know? 

All of our offices are looking forward to meeting you. We have included some of the more popular links below in case you are looking for additional information. But don't worry, all of these offices will be available to answer your questions when you are on campus as well. 

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