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Esports at Stephens

Stephens College is proud to be home to the first varsity collegiate all-women’s esports team.

Stephens College is a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which includes 90 percent of varsity collegiate esports in the country. 

Esports is quickly on its way to becoming a billion-dollar industry, and we believe women should have the same opportunities as men to succeed in this emerging business. Stephens’ mission across all our programs has been to ensure women have a seat at any table. Getting involved in esports is part of that long-standing tradition, and aligns with our mission to promote teamwork, communication skills, as well as more interest in the science and technology fields for women.


First season begins for sports at Stephens 

October is esports month at Stephens College, and the games begin today with a match against Georgia Southern University.


The competition in Overwatch will be aired at 6 p.m. on the big TV in the Student Union of Stamper Common. The event kicks off a month of events. The campus community is invited to watch at 6 p.m. each Monday. You can also tune in at


“Our players can’t wait to get started,” said Coach Ernest Utterback. “They have been working hard to prepare for this match.”


Stephens College made history in April when it became the first women’s college to sponsor a varsity esports program. Tryouts were held this fall, and a team of 12 players, ranging from freshman to senior, was selected.


Stephens is a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which includes 90 percent of varsity collegiate esports in the country. 


Other matches this month include:


  • Oct. 9 vs. Morningside College
  • Oct. 16 vs. Midland University
  • Oct. 23 vs. Kansas Wesleyan University
  • Oct. 30 vs. University of South Carolina-Sumter






Interested in joining the team?

Check out our overview flyer (pdf) – have questions? Email [email protected].

RECRUIT ME! Submit your esports application, and we’ll be in touch.

APPLY to Stephens! Complete and submit your application, test score(s) and transcript(s) to Stephens College.

SUBMIT your FAFSA! Enter our code 002512 and have it sent directly to us.

CONNECT with your Admissions Counselor!

This Just In: Stephens' Esports News 

Global and Industry Coverage

We've received media attention from around the world. From gaming and esports websites as far away as Australia to daytime television in Canada and news media in Croatia (as well as many points in between), the world is talking about Stephens College. Here is just a sampling of our coverage:

ESPN: Rising Stars: All-women's Stephens College breaks ground with varsity esports program

Polygon: Overwatch helped pave the way for first women's college in esports

Engadget: Stephens College is the first all-women's school with an espports team

Dot Esports: Stephens College just became the first all-women’s school to offer a varsity esports scholarship

Geek Girl Authority: All-women's Stephens College announces varsity esports team 

Gameinformer: Stephens College becomes first women's school with esports scholarship

International Business Times (UK): US College offers first all-women's Overwatch esports scholarship

Stevivor (Australia): Stephens College fields the first-ever all-women’s school eSports team

Local Columbia, Mo. Media 

KRCG: Stephens College boasts first varsity collegiate all-women’s esports team

Columbia Missourian: Stephens to pioneer first all-women's varsity esports program

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to:

  • Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Phone: (573) 876-7111, Ext. 4111
  • [email protected]

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