Founded in 1833, Stephens College is proud to be the second-oldest women’s college in the country and the first institution of higher education in Columbia, Missouri. From the beginning, Stephens has developed a tradition of cutting-edge educational programs that provide young women with classroom and experiential learning opportunities like no other institution in higher education. Stephens believes in the power of a women’s undergraduate education. We also believe in the power of education to change lives and offer co-educational graduate programs as well as a children's school and youth programs that celebrate and encourage lifelong learning.
Points of pride
The second oldest women’s college in the nation, Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission to Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace the future. Focused on the health sciences, performing arts, and integrative studies, 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. And, as the pet-friendliest campus on the planet just steps away from the heart of downtown Columbia, our students love life at Stephens!