Stephens College

Stephens College is a private institution that was founded in 1833. Historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women, Stephens College engages students in an innovative educational experience focused on pre-professional fields and the performing arts and grounded in the liberal arts. Graduates of Stephens are career-ready women of distinction, connected through a supportive network of alumnae across the world, confident in themselves, and inspired by our tradition of the Ten Ideals as core values that enrich women's lives.

Stephens College has been named one of the Top Fashion Schools in the World by, one of the largest independent fashion news sites. Stephens was one of only 19 U.S. schools to make the list and the only liberal arts college. Stephens is also one of few Midwestern colleges and the only women’s college to be associated with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Stephens has also been recognized as a top school by fashion for its design and fashion marketing and management programs.

Head of School

Dr. Dianne Lynch became the 24th president of Stephens College in June 2009. As president of one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country, Lynch is a strong advocate for women’s leadership and education and is known for her commitment to students. 

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying mass communication and feminist history in journalism, and her Ph.D. in Art History and Communications from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on the learning styles and knowledge production of “digital natives,” children who grow up in virtual environments. In 2013, Lynch was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to produce a white paper on the future of American journalism and journalism education. Lynch continues to write, most recently for The Huffington Post.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Bachelor of Fashion Design and Product Development
Bachelor of Fashion Communication
Bachelor of Apparel Studies
Bachelor of Fashion Marketing and Management
Bachelor of Theatrical Costume Design
Bachelor of Digital Film Making
Bachelor of Graphic Design Communications
Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting

Life in Columbia

Ranked (over and over and over again) one of the best college towns in America, Columbia is home to the University of Missouri and more than 36,000+ college students. There’s plenty to do on and around campus. Columbia is also home to a number of parks and fitness and nature trails. Outside is the beautiful red brick that identifies our campus. Inside you’ll find modern classrooms with all of right technology and amenities. From Pillsbury Science Lab, the Children’s School and the Equestrian Center, to all kinds of studios (graphic design, fashion, art, dance!), you’ll find that workspace that inspires your creativity. 

Tuition and Scholarship Information

At Stephens, a typical financial aid package covers more than half the cost of tuition, and 98% of all of our students receive some sort of need- or merit-based scholarships, grants or other financial aid. Stephens alone awards more than $9 million in financial aid to students each year. To learn more about financial aid click here and to find out about tuition fees here.

Overview of the Fashion Communication Course