They came from across the state and country for different programs, but incoming freshmen and transfer students share a similar answer when asked why they chose Stephens College.
“I took a visit to campus, fell in love and that was it,” said Katherine Zgiet of the Lake of the Ozarks. “It felt so much like a family.”
Some 250 new students moved in to their residence halls this morning and will enjoy a four-day orientation before classes begin on Wednesday. Stephens facilities crews and staff members were on hand to greet them and move their belongings into their rooms for them—a Stephens tradition.
“I really like this place—with all of the help, the move went really fast,” Sierra Hughes, from Jackson, Mo., said.
Roommates Bailey McCormick and Rachael Long are both science majors. McCormick is pursuing Stephens’ pre-vet program, which she chose because of the ability to study at the Equestrian Center, and Long is a pre-med major.
“I love that it’s a small school and that I will get a lot of personalized attention,” Long said.
Several new students said they were referred to Stephens by high school counselors, college rating systems and alumnae.
Alumna Sara Crosby, a member of the Stephens Board of Trustees, told incoming freshman Clara Bentz about Stephens. Bentz, from Sioux Falls, is pursuing a theatre degree and was already feeling at home at Stephens this morning.
“It has a grand college feel,” she said.
Katherine Craig’s mom suggested years ago that she attend Stephens to pursue a career in fashion communication. Craig, though, initially was set on a fashion school in New York.
“And then I visited Stephens and loved it,” she said.
Christin Bailey transferred to Stephens from a state school in Maine.
“I wanted to go to a top school,” said Bailey, who is majoring in psychology. “I really liked that they had a master’s program in counseling, too.”
Although she didn’t bring a pet, the campus pet-friendly environment was also attractive, she said.
“I adore animals, so I will probably be fostering,” Bailey said, referring to Stephens’ partnership with Columbia Second Chance that allows students to foster pets for scholarship money.
Dejaa Gummels, a fashion major from Raymore, said she found Stephens while searching for highly ranked programs. This morning, she was eager to get started.
“It’s such a close environment,” she said. “I’m looking forward to experiencing college life.”
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