Founded in 1833 and the second oldest women's college in the U.S., Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission: Learn. Grow. Lead.

Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace whatever the future may bring. Our three colleges are: the School of Design, the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and the School of Health Sciences. Located in a top ranked college town with three universities and 36,000 students, activities abound. Stephens continues to prepare graduates (whether from our undergraduate residential college, co-educational graduate programs or 90-year-strong Children's School) for the lives that await them – lives of distinction, integrity and service.

Inspired by our mission,"Learn. Grow. Lead.", and shaped by our Ten Ideals, we stand in service to generation after generation of Stephens students.

Basic details

  • Region: Midwest
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Average ACT: 23
  • Average SAT: 1030-1150 (with writing included)
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Arts; Biology; Chemistry; Communications: Creative Writing; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Literature; Management; Marketing; Medical Sciences; Music; Physiology; Psychology; Public Relations/Affairs; Veterinary Medicine
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $33,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NAIA
  • Varsity sports: Women's Softball; Women's Basketball; Women's Cross Country; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Volleyball; Competitive Dance Team

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