Stephens Colleges Mission is:"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 womens lives."Originating in 1921, the Ten Ideals are Respect, Courage, Independence, Support, Sensitivity, Responsibility, Belief, Creativity, Intelligence and Leadership.Stephens College was established in 1833. For more than 175 years, we have been educating women to become leaders as well as valuable contributors toward the betterment of our society. I am delighted to be a part of this fine institution, to celebrate her history and to work to create a future of unlimited possibilities. Stephens offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate level for women, as well as distance-learning and on-campus programs in our Graduate and Continuing Studies division for both men and women. We take pride in the strong bonds weve developed within our local community of Columbia, Missouri, and within the vast network of Stephens graduates we have across the country.Our commitment to the performing arts, pre-professional programs and the liberal arts is evident in our mission statement. So is our commitment to each students success at Stephens. Our campus culture offers a values-driven living and learning environment (check out the Ten Ideals); close interaction with faculty and student peers; hands-on experience in the major beginning the students first year at Stephens; and resources inside and outside the classroom that build students skills, knowledge and confidence. Our extensive network of alumnae assists students in finding internships and employment after graduation. You can even bring your pet to campus to live with you in a residence hall.Whether you are interested in forming ties with Stephens - perhaps as a new student - or whether you seek ways to simply keep in touch with the goings-on at Stephens - perhaps as an alumna - we invite you to explore our web site. Please let us know if we can help!