Stephens College

Stephens College

Stephens College is a liberal arts women's college located in Columbia, Missouri. It was founded in 1833 as the Columbia Female Academy. The college's campus is spread over 86 acres. Stephens College is the second oldest educational establishment for females in the United States. It offers programs that lead to associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and master's degree in business, arts, and fine arts. The college has a separate division for graduate and continuing education.

Dance, theater and fashion are the three most popular majors of the college, which was ranked 7th for 'Best College Theater' by the Princeton Review in 2009. Stephens College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and also participates in the American Midwest Conference. It sponsors teams for basketball, cross country, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

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Stephens College
1200 E Broadway
Columbia , MO 65215
General Phone: (573) 442-2211

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Stephens College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management46business, business management, marketing studies, fashion merchandising
Medical Administration27medical records admin
Drama and Performing Arts25dance, drama
Education and Teaching14school counseling, elementary school teaching
Design12fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Liberal Arts10English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences
Therapy and Counseling9psychology
Animal Science and Care6equestrian studies
Media5mass communication
Photography and Commercial Art5film studies
Family and Social Work2family studies

Number of programs and degrees for Stephens College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree14020
Master's degree232
Associate's degree11
Postbaccalaureate certificate61

Stephens College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Stephens College had a total enrollment of 1,050 students (1,016 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 3%
Women 97%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 9%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 26%
22-24 12%
25-29 7%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota1%
North Carolina1%

Stephens College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %

Stephens College Room and Board (2007)

Stephens College offers campus housing for 515 of its 1,016 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 17 meals per week.

Stephens College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490640
SAT Math490600
SAT Writing530620
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT16%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Stephens College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,000
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,000
Room and board $ 8,730
Room charge $ 4,410
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,650
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,180

Financial Aid:
Stephens College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 251200)

Stephens College Faculty

Stephens College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*5$51,030

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year1*4$57,534
Associate professoracademic year2*4$52,673
Assistant professoracademic year7$41,24322$42,368
Instructoracademic year2*8$36,107
All faculty totalacademic year12$43,86838$43,731

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Stephens College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Midwest Conference
Track American Midwest Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports03333

Stephens College Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Fashion Merchandising
Marketing, Other

Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Elementary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Stephens College Highlights

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What Sets Stephens College Apart:

% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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% of degrees in medical administration
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 6%Stephens College % of degrees in medical administration
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Stephens College Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 10%Stephens College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
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Top 11%Stephens College Female % of student body
% of degrees in design
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Top 12%Stephens College % of degrees in design
Number of students
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Top 13%Stephens College Number of students
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 18%Stephens College % of degrees in business and management
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 20%Stephens College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in animal science and care
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Top 20%Stephens College % of degrees in animal science and care

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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