Founded in 1833, Stephens College believes in providing bold, ambitious young women with the tools, knowledge, and experiences they need to chase down their dreams.
Awards and accolades
•Stephens College has the 14th Best Fashion Program in the World, according to The Business of Fashion, London, and has been recognized as the #15 Private Fashion Design School or College in the nation by Fashion-Schools.org.
•Stephens is one of only 20 schools nationwide—and the only women’s college—that is a participant in the highly selective Council of Fashion Designers of America Education and Professional Development Program.
•Stephens Life, a student-run magazine, has received national recognition, including a first place and an honorable mention at the College Media Awards as well as a fifth place for Design of the Year from the Associated Collegiate Press.
•Citizen Jane Film Festival was named one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017” by MovieMaker magazine.
Opportunity and excellence
•More than 70+ visiting professionals from across the globe come to Stephens each year to share their expertise in fashion, design, and film.
•Citizen Jane Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the works of women filmmakers from around the world. Students at Stephens play a critical role in bringing this festival to life.
•Students majoring in Digital Filmmaking begin working with professional film equipment their first semester and continue writing, producing, and directing original films throughout their career at Stephens.
•Students serve as project leaders, designers, and directors at Creative Ink, the student-run, integrated marketing communications firm. Creative Ink provides quality marketing, public relations, advertising, and design services to professional clients.
•Minors and advanced course work in visual arts, design arts, film and photography, and costume and set design strengthen the creative arts experience.
Scope and commitment
Stephens College is a leader in the creative arts and health sciences. Stephens students are also changing the world as writers and educators, while others are pursuing their goals in fields such as equestrian studies, marketing, and psychology, as well as the health sciences. Graduate and online students are making their impact too, advancing their careers in counseling, television and screenwriting, and physician assistant studies.
No matter their major, all students at Stephens benefit from small class sizes, a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, and a culture of respect and leadership.
A great college town
While Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country, it is located in a large coeducational college town. Ranked as one of the best college towns in America, Columbia, Missouri, is home to 36,000+ college students. The town offers big-time college sports; film, music, and arts festivals; abundant recreation; and a vibrant downtown with plenty of places to eat and shop.
Most students live on campus—steps away from friends, professors, classrooms, labs, dining, and free laundry facilities. Students also have access to facility crews when needed and around-the-clock security. Stephens offers traditional residential halls, special housing communities, and apartment-style suites and options—all with residential advisors and programming.
Ninety-eight percent of Stephens students receive some form of financial aid. The College Office of Financial Aid is always available to help families understand their options.
Stephens College is the first women’s college in the country to start a varsity collegiate all-women’s esports team. We have joined the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which includes 90% of varsity collegiate esports in the country.
Finally, Stephens’ Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) offers a full range of services to assist with career planning. The CCPD partners with faculty, advisors, alumnae, and employers on a wide range of student success initiatives.
For those who dream up in the visual arts, Stephens College has the programs, recognition, opportunities, campus culture, and never-quit attitude to help you achieve your biggest, boldest dreams. Explore now at stephens.edu.
For nearly 15 years, Stephens College has been welcoming cats, dogs, birds, and other pet friends to campus. Today, Stephens is considered one of the most pet-friendly campuses in the country.
At Stephens, pets are treated like royalty. Come to the President’s office and pick up a doggy treat! Or reward him with a Stephens College toy from our on-campus bookstore. Think you have the cutest cat ever? Dress her up and enter our pet costume parade during Halloween!
The idea behind the pets-in-dorms program is to help students ease into college life by letting them bring a bit of home to campus.
However, students who don’t have a pet from home but still want to enjoy the advantages of coming home to a furry friend can consider becoming a foster parent.
Stephens has teamed up with a no-kill shelter and provides $3,000 scholarships to students who agree to foster rescued dogs and cats and prepare them for a “forever home.” The program includes training, health improvement, and nurturing the pet back to an adoptable condition.
Today, about two out of every 10 students at Stephens lives with a pet.