Stephens College

Stephens College has been educating women for more than 180 years.

Founded in 1833 as Columbia Female Academy, Stephens is the second-oldest women’s college in the country and prides itself on its emphasis on leadership.

The school offers 21 undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate and continuing education programs — including the master in strategic leadership and health information administration programs, which are both 100 percent online.

Stephens is also home to the TRYPS Institute — a children and youth theater program — and the Children’s School — a lab school embedded within the teacher education program that educates children from preschool through fifth grade.

Pride points for Stephens include being the only private college in Mid-Missouri to be included in the Princeton Review’s Best 378 colleges; its theater program is rated 11th in the nation by The Princeton Review; its fashion program is ranked 13th in the world by Business of Fashion, London and rated first for long-term investment; consistently ranked among the top regional colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report; and its master’s program in strategic leadership is ranked No. 2 in the country for quality and affordability by

Stephens is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and is a member of the American Midwest Conference. The Stars compete in eight sports, including basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball and others.