Stephens College

Columbia, MO

Stephens College

Columbia, MO

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Are you looking for the best of both worlds? Stephens College offers the excitement of a big college town and the benefits of a tight-knit community. We’re metropolitan and personal. At Stephens, you’ll find exciting new experiences and an excellent education in a place where you feel comfortable and safe. 

We’re an internationally ranked private women’s college right next door to a large, bustling public university. And we’re not just neighbors. Stephens and the University of Missouri have an agreement that allows students to share classes and facilities. You’ll get the security and support of a small, all-women campus, plus the benefits of a Research I university that draws international scholars and students from all over the world.

What else sets us apart? Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country, with a reputation for student-centered learning and a diverse, inclusive community that truly cares about making students feel at home. Our programs prepare students for leadership and real-world application from day one and are designed to match individual students’ strengths and interests. 

When you become a Stephens woman, you’ll join a community that embraces you. With students from all across the country, we are more diverse than many Midwestern colleges and universities. We also benefit from a large international population in the city of Columbia and at the University of Missouri.

Students love Stephens because we know your name and know you—your strengths, your hopes and dreams, your passions and goals. Parents love Stephens because we’re kind, welcoming, supportive, and honest—plus, our graduates are successful. Our faculty design their courses to help students explore bold ideas, take risks, and put their knowledge to use. The research, hands-on assignments, and internships our students complete during their studies help them land their dream jobs when they graduate.


One of the “Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019,” according to the Business of Fashion, London

Ranked #15 Private Fashion Design School or College in the US by

One of 20 schools in the country invited to participate in the highly selective Council of Fashion Designers of America Education and Professional Development Program
Ranked #9 in the country by
The Princeton Review

100% career placement rate

100% pass rate for certifying exam

Best of Show at National College
Media Convention

National College of Distinction

Home to the country’s first varsity eSports team (with athletic scholarships!) at a women’s college

We’ve been named the pet-friendliest campus on the planet and even offer scholarships for students who participate in our pet fostering program.

Rolling admission—apply at any time (please allow at least three months before your desired starting term).

Step 1: Apply online at
Step 2: Email these required documents to
• Official secondary school records (listing subjects, grades, and date of graduation)
- If documents are not in English, you will be responsible for providing official translation.
- If applicable, submit transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
• A brief statement of purpose—why Stephens College?
• Proof of proficiency in English language (see “Test Score Requirements”)  

If documents cannot be emailed, mail to:
Stephens College
International Admissions
Campus Box 2121
1200 E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65215 USA

Step 3: If you are accepted:
Students accepted to Stephens will need to submit a Certification of Finances. A current letter of sponsorship from a government may be used in place of the bank statement. You will be responsible for payment of any special mailing/shipping costs.

You will also be asked to pay an enrollment deposit, which is non-refundable after May 1 and will be applied to your tuition.

Note: Admission to Stephens College does not guarantee acceptance into selected academic programs. 


Columbia is rated the top place to live in Missouri and the #6 place to live in the United States by Here, you get all the benefits of a personalized education while being immersed in a vibrant college town of 36,000 students with lots to do and explore, including shops, parks, trails, dining, festivals, concerts, and independent cinema.


Type of School: Four-year, private, residential, liberal arts undergraduate women’s college with coeducational graduate programs

Size of Campus:
86 acres

Number of Students:
660 students; 7:1 student-faculty ratio

Number of Faculty:

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
Undergraduate programs:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science; 34 majors and minors reflecting our strengths in health sciences and the creative and performing arts and humanities

Graduate programs:
• Master of Education in Counseling
• Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting (low-residency program based in Los Angeles, California)
• Master in Physician Assistant Studies

Geographic Diversity:
Our students and alumnae hail from all 50 states and more than 20 countries.

International Student Services:
The Admissions, Registrar, Housing, and Student Development offices are all part of the group serving international students.
The Student Success Center provides tutoring for classes, including writing assistance. College staff and faculty work closely together to make your entry and stay here a happy and healthy one. Rooms are open during fall and spring break (we do close for two weeks over winter break) with opportunities for summer housing as well—especially accommodating our three-year/two-summer BFA programs.

International Student Budget:
Tuition: $22,500
General Fees: $200
Room: $4,600–$8,770
Board: $3,880
Total Direct Costs: $31180–$35,350

Financial Aid:
International students are eligible for all institutional merit scholarships offered by Stephens College.

Test Score Requirements:
Proof of proficiency in English language with one of the following:
a.Official TOEFL test scores (minimum: paper-based score of 520, iBT 72 with no section scores below 5.5; Stephens’s TOEFL code is 6683.)   
b.Official iTEP score (minimum: 3.7)  
c.Official IELTS Academic score (minimum: 5.5)  
d.Official ACT (code 2374) or SAT (code 6683)  
e.Diploma from a secondary/higher education institution in official English-speaking countries with a minimum of two years of successful full-time study with English as the medium of instruction
f.Completion of an English program at an approved intensive English institution (subject to approval by the Office of Admissions)
g.Completion of two college-level English courses that would transfer to Stephens

Application Deadlines and Fees: There is no application fee. Stephens uses a rolling admission process, but we encourage you to submit your application at least three months before your desired starting term. 

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