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Colleges / Stephens College

Stephens College

Columbia, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate54%

Stephens College Admissions

Stephens College is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Stephens College is 54%. Out of 1,153 applications received in 2023, 618 students were offered admission.

Reach out to Stephens College's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Stephens College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Stephens College's admissions stats.

Stephens College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 0%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist No

Stephens College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Stephens College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 11 1

Applying Early to Stephens College?

Stephens College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Stephens College Admissions

Transferring to Stephens College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Stephens College

Stephens College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Stephens College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Stephens College

What does Stephens College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Academic GPA Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Stephens College for more information on admission factors.

Stephens College Application Requirements

To apply to Stephens College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Stephens College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Stephens College?

Students admitted to Stephens College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 65% submitted a class rank. At Stephens College 19% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45% were in the top 25% and 81% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Stephens College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Stephens College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Stephens College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 0% of Stephens College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Stephens College, you should strive to earn between 26 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Stephens College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Stephens College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Stephens College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Stephens College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Stephens College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Stephens College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Stephens College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Stephens College.

Does Stephens College accept transfer credits?

✅ Stephens College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Stephens College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Stephens College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Stephens College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Stephens College?

❌ No, Stephens College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Stephens College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Stephens College is 54%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Stephens College?

❌ Stephens College does not offer early decision.

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Stephens College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Stephens College? Stephens College is a somewhat selective institution. The Stephens College acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 53 out of every 100 applicants.


Stephens College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Stephens College is Nov 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Stephens College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Stephens College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Stephens College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Stephens College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.27. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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