The Info List - Stephens College

Type Private women's college

Established 1833

President Dianne Lynch

Students 850 [1]

Location Columbia, Missouri, United States 38°57′01″N 92°19′23″W / 38.9503°N 92.3231°W / 38.9503; -92.3231Coordinates: 38°57′01″N 92°19′23″W / 38.9503°N 92.3231°W / 38.9503; -92.3231

Campus Urban, 86-acre (35 ha)

Colors maroon and gold

Athletics NAIA

Nickname Stars

Website Stephens.edu

Stephens College
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. From 1937-1943 its Drama Department was renowned by its chairman and teacher, the actress Maude Adams, James M. Barrie's first Peter Pan. The campus includes a National Historic District: Stephens College South Campus Historic District.


1 Location 2 Academics

2.1 Rankings

3 Campus life

3.1 Citizen Jane Film Festival

4 Athletics 5 Alumnae

5.1 Notable alumnae 5.2 Alumnae distribution

6 Historic buildings

6.1 Firestone Baars Chapel 6.2 Historic Senior Hall

7 References 8 External links

Location[edit] 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 near downtown Columbia.[2] Academics[edit] The college follows a liberal arts curriculum and has four schools: Design, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies and Performing Arts, and Equestrian Studies.[3] In addition to undergraduate programs, Stephens offers master's programs in counseling, strategic leadership and screenwriting.[4][5][6][3] Rankings[edit] U.S. News & World Report places it in the top third of all ranked regional colleges in the Midwest, and considers it a "selective" school when it comes to admissions.[7] Stephens is among The Princeton Review's Best 379 Colleges in the U.S.[8] The fashion program is 13th in the world, 1st in long-term value and 5th in educational experience,[9] and is among the top 50 in the world.[10] The theatre program has been ranked number 11 by the Princeton Review. Campus life[edit] 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
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.[11] Stephens opened pet-friendly residence halls in 2004.[12] The College also allows students to foster shelter animals in exchange for scholarships.[13] Citizen Jane Film Festival[edit]

Citizen Jane Film Festival

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is an annual film festival. The festival was first held October 17–19, 2008. Films included are intended to showcase women behind and in front of the camera.[14] Athletics[edit] Stephens College
Stephens College
teams are known as the Stars. The college competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA) as a member of the American Midwest Conference
American Midwest Conference
(AMC). Women's sports include basketball, competitive dance, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and a variety of equestrian horse studies.[15] Alumnae[edit] The Stephens College
Stephens College
Alumnae Association has more than 20,000 members internationally. Alumnae are found in every state. Notable alumnae[edit]

Stephanie Beatriz, actress Peggy Bolton, civic and community leader in Alexandria, Louisiana Leslie Easterbrook, actress 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 Anne Gwynne, actress Corky Hale, jazz musician Jeane Kirkpatrick, first female U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Ashley Litton, former Miss Missouri
USA Ginny McSwain, casting director and voice director Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, businesswoman and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland 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 Paula Zima, artist

Alumnae distribution[edit] 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
Maricopa County, Arizona
(Phoenix): 404 Harris County, Texas
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
Johnson County, Kansas
(Greater Kansas City): 251 King County, Washington
King County, Washington
(Greater Seattle): 205 Jackson County, Missouri
(Greater Kansas City): 201

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.[16] Historic buildings[edit] Main article: Stephens College
Stephens College
South Campus Historic District

Firestone Baars Chapel

Firestone Baars Chapel[edit] The Firestone Baars Chapel was designed by world-famous Finnish architect Eero Saarinen
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[edit] Main article: Senior Hall (Columbia, Missouri) 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
National Register of Historic Places
in 1977.[17]

The South Quadrangle

Senior Hall 

Senior Hall Front 

The President's Home 

James Madison Woods Hall 

Senior Tower 

Columbia Hall 


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National Park Service
(2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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