|Type||Private women's college|
|Location||Columbia, Missouri, USA
|Campus||Urban, 86-acre (35 ha)|
|Colors||maroon and gold|
Stephens College is a women's college located in Columbia, Missouri. It is the second oldest female educational establishment that is still a women's college in the United States. It was founded on August 24, 1833, as the Columbia Female Academy. In 1856, David H. Hickman helped secure the college's charter under the name The Columbia Female Baptist Academy. In the late 19th century it was renamed Stephens Female College after James L. Stephens endowed the college with $20,000. The campus includes a National Historic District: Stephens College South Campus Historic District. When Stephens College was established it was referred to as a finishing school.
Situated in the center of the state, Stephens is approximately 120 miles (193 km) from both Kansas City and St. Louis. Columbia is known as "College Town, USA" because of the 34,000 college students attending Stephens, the University of Missouri, and Columbia College. The Stephens campus is located near downtown Columbia. The majority of these students live on the University of Missouri (Mizzou) campus as both Columbia College and Stephens College are private.
The college follows a liberal arts curriculum and has five schools: Fashion and Designe, Humanities and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication, and Performing Arts.
Stephens has study abroad programs in France, England, Korea, Ecuador, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Korea. International seminars and study tours also are available.
The Stephens faculty includes approximately 55 full-time instructors. Most have Ph.D.s or appropriate terminal degrees in their field.
Stephens was also included in the Princeton Review's "Best 378 Colleges" guide.
Stephens is one of four women's colleges, along with Bennett College, Spelman College, and Brenau University, to have sororities on its campus. Sigma Sigma Sigma and Kappa Delta, both of which are National Panhellenic Conference sororities, have on-campus chapters. The sororities are governed by the Panhellenic Council and the Junior Panhellenic Council. Stephens students can also join historically Black or Asian sororities at the nearby University of Missouri campus.
There are also about a dozen academic honor societies on campus: Mortar Board, Psi Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Tau Delta the English honor society, Tri-Beta, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Delta, and others. Although Stephens College is no longer a two-year institution, it is the location of the alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College.
The student newspaper is named Stephens Life, and is online with a magazine printed once a semester. The college's literary magazine is named Harbinger, and is released each spring.
Stephens College owns the radio station KWWC-FM, "Sweet 90.5".
Stephens opened pet-friendly residence halls in 2004.
Citizen Jane Film Festival
Stephens College teams are known as the Stars. The college competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the American Midwest Conference (AMC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
The Stephens College Alumnae Association has more than 20,000 members internationally. Alumnae are found in every state.
- Stephanie Beatriz, actress
- Peggy Bolton, civic and community leader in Alexandria, Louisiana
- Nancy Cozean, former journalist and politician
- Joan Crawford, actress (did not complete first year)
- Frances Crowe, peace activist
- Missy Doty, actress
- Shirley Adele Field, Oregon legislator and judge
- Susan Flannery, soap actress on CBS The Bold & the Beautiful, retired December 2012 after 25 years
- Karith Foster, stand-up comedian and radio personality
- Tammy Grimes, actress and singer
- Corky Hale, jazz musician
- Jeane Kirkpatrick, first female U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
- Ashley Litton, former Miss Missouri USA
- Marjie Millar, actress
- Leslie Adrienne Miller, poet
- Elizabeth Mitchell, actress
- Martha Beall Mitchell, wife of former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell
- Carrie Nye, actress
- Annie Potts, actress
- Emily J. Reynolds, Secretary of the U.S. Senate
- Virginia Shehee, first woman to serve in the Louisiana State Senate
- Julie Suk, poet
- Jennifer Tilly, actress
- Dawn Wells, actress
- Paula Zahn, journalist
In March 2006, Stephens released an interactive alumnae map showing the distribution of living alumnae throughout the United States. The metropolitan areas with the highest numbers of Stephens alumnae include:
- Los Angeles County, California: 519
- Boone County, Missouri (Greater Columbia): 478
- St. Louis County, Missouri: 454
- Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix): 404
- Harris County, Texas (Greater Houston): 343
- Dallas County, Texas: 334
- Cook County, Illinois: 329
- San Diego County, California: 291
- Orange County, California: 265
- Johnson County, Kansas (Greater Kansas City): 251
- King County, Washington (Greater Seattle): 205
- Jackson County, Missouri (Greater Kansas City): 201
Florida also has a particularly high concentration of Stephens alumnae, with 1,237 found statewide, especially in the central, eastern, and southern parts of the state. The Washington, D.C.-to-Boston corridor contains a heavy concentration as well, including 184 alumnae living in Manhattan.
Firestone Baars Chapel
The Firestone Baars Chapel was designed by world-famous Finnish architect Eero Saarinen who also designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The chapel symbolizes commitment to individual spiritual development and worship. The chapel is used for meditation, religious services, vespers, weddings, memorials and campus programs.
Historic Senior Hall
Historic Senior Hall dates back to 1841, when Oliver Parker bought the 8-acre (3.2 ha) tract of land on which the College was first located. In 1857, the Columbia Baptist Female College, which later became Stephens College, acquired the building. Until 1918, Historic Senior Hall was the only dormitory at the College. It was the tradition for the President of the Civic Association (now the Student Government Association) to occupy the first floor room just north of the Waugh Street entrance. Many generations of students feel this building is their tie to the past. A complete restoration of Historic Senior Hall began in the spring of 1987, and the building was rededicated in the spring of 1990. Senior Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
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