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Stephens College Overview

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Stephens College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Stephens College Known For?

107 Undergraduate Awards
$24,236 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Stephens is the post-master's certificate.
  • In 2017-2018, 62% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average Stephens student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Stephens College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Stephens.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Allied Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#105 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Stephens has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#17 Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#25 Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#54 Best Value Colleges for Allied Health Professions College Factual
#60 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#108 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Schools College Factual
#188 Best Allied Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Stephens College?


Contact details for Stephens are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215
Phone: 573-442-2211

How Do I Get Into Stephens?

You can apply to Stephens online at:

Admission Requirements for Stephens

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Stephens?

64% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
24% Submit SAT Scores
Stephens has an acceptance rate of 64%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 24% of students accepted to Stephens submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 540. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stephens College  ( 480 to 540 )

SAT Math Scores for Stephens College  ( 470 to 580 )
Stephens received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 22. Math scores were between 18 and 21. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Stephens College  ( 21 to 22 )
ACT Math Scores for Stephens College  ( 18 to 21 )
ACT Composite Scores for Stephens College  ( 20 to 24 )

Can I Afford Stephens College?

$24,236 Net Price
96% Take Out Loans
6.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Stephens is $24,236. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Stephens, approximately 96% of students took out student loans averaging $7,386 a year. That adds up to $29,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Stephens is 6.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Stephens College Undergraduate Student Diversity

373 Full-Time Undergraduates
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 443 undergraduate students at Stephens, with 373 being full-time and 70 being part-time.


There are also 179 graduate students at the school.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Stephens College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 34
Hispanic or Latino 18
White 251
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 65

Geographic Diversity

Missouri students aren't the only ones who study at Stephens College. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at Stephens College

107 Took All Classes Online
132 Took At Least One Class Online
-9.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 132 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Stephens has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 55th most popular in Missouri for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Stephens

The following table shows how Stephens is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Drama & Theater Arts #13 #13

Online Growth Rankings of Stephens

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Stephens College was -9.5%. This is the #1,989 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Stephens regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Stephens College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 14 32
Allied Health Professions 0 0 26 26
Student Counseling 0 0 21 21
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 16 0 16
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 13 0 13
Design & Applied Arts 0 9 0 9
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 7 0 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 6 0 6
Animal Services 0 5 0 5
Writing Studies 0 5 0 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 5 0 5
Marketing 0 3 0 3
Graphic Communications 0 3 0 3
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 3 0 3
General English Literature 0 3 0 3
General Biology 0 2 0 2
Hospitality Management 0 2 0 2
Health Sciences & Services 0 2 0 2
General Psychology 0 2 0 2
Dance 0 2 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 0 1
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 106 61 168


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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