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Stephens College Overview

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

What Is Stephens College Known For?

153 Undergraduate Awards
$24,267 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Stephens may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The highest award offered at Stephens is the post-master's certificate.
  • In 2017-2018, 88% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.0 years for students from Stephens to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the 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
#4 Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Stephens College?

Location of 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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Stephens?

53% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Stephens is 53%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Average Test Scores

About 10% 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 510 and 595. Math scores were between 450 and 555.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stephens College  ( 510 to 595 )

SAT Math Scores for Stephens College  ( 450 to 555 )
Stephens received ACT scores from 88% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Stephens College  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Stephens College  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Stephens College  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford Stephens College?

$24,267 Net Price
97% Take Out Loans
5.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Stephens is $24,267. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Stephens, approximately 97% of students took out student loans averaging $7,477 a year. That adds up to $29,908 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Stephens is 5.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Stephens College Undergraduate Student Diversity

411 Full-Time Undergraduates
100% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 480 undergraduate students at Stephens, with 411 being full-time and 69 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Stephens

There are also 172 graduate students at the school.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Stephens Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 46
Hispanic or Latino 22
White 280
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 57

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

132 Took All Classes Online
168 Took At Least One Class Online
-8.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at Stephens. In 2017-2018, 168 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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Stephens

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Stephens College was -8.0%. This is the #2,550 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Stephens regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Stephens majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 28%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Stephens ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Stephens.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Drama & Theater Arts #15
Visual & Performing Arts #124
Health & Medical Administrative Services #413

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 Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Drama & Theater Arts 0 26 0 14 40
Student Counseling 0 0 0 27 27
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 25 2 0 27
General Biology 0 23 0 0 23
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 20 20
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 17 0 0 17
General Psychology 0 9 0 0 9
Animal Services 0 8 0 0 8
Graphic Communications 0 7 0 0 7
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 5 5
Hospitality Management 0 5 0 0 5
Writing Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Design & Applied Arts 0 5 0 0 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 5 0 0 5
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 4 0 0 4
Marketing 0 3 0 0 3
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 3 0 0 3
Health Sciences & Services 0 3 0 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 0 0 0 2
General English Literature 0 1 0 0 1
Arts & Media Management 0 1 0 0 1
Dance 0 1 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 151 2 66 221


*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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