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About Stevenson

Facts at a Glance

Stevenson University is Maryland’s third-largest independent university, offering students an exceptional college experience, a connection to their career aspirations, and a close-knit, supportive community centered on their success.


Founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, the college adopted the name Stevenson University in June 2008 to reflect its growing size, expanding mission, and breadth of academic offerings. Today, the University serves more than 4,000 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees on campus as well as master’s and adult undergraduate degrees through Stevenson University Online.

As the University marked its 70th anniversary in 2017, it also welcomed its seventh president, Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., who previously served as president of San Diego State University and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Located in suburban northwest Baltimore County, Stevenson’s Owings Mills campus includes 13 residence halls and the Ratcliffe Community Center for students; the Brown School of Business and Leadership; the Caves Sports and Wellness Center; the Owings Mills Gymnasium; Mustang Stadium; Office of Career Services and Center for Student Success; and the Rockland Center for student dining and social events.

In recent years, the campus has grown to include Owings Mills North, linked to the main Owings Mills campus by the Dell Family Pathway and bridge spanning the scenic Gwynns Falls waterway. Owings Mills North serves as home to Stevenson’s School of Design as well as the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences and the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions located in the new 200,000-square-foot Kevin J. Manning Academic Center.

With 27 athletic teams—including football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, ice hockey, basketball, soccer, and volleyball—Stevenson has become known as a national leader in NCAA Division III sports, with numerous conference championships and appearances in national championships under its belt.

The University is also a home to a rich arts and cultural experience, offering a vibrant calendar of exhibitions, talks, concerts, and theatre performances throughout the year in its four art galleries and the 330-seat Inscape Theatre, which is located on the Greenspring campus. The University also hosts the annual Baltimore Speakers Series which brings world political, cultural, and opinion leaders to the Greater Baltimore community.

Introducing: SU Freshman Class of 2016


Average G.P.A.3.10
Ranked in the top 50% of HS class80%
Full-time freshmen living on campus84%
Out-of-state students31%
States represented22 (as well as D.C.) 

Our Students

The reputation of Stevenson continues to grow—our traditional and adult students come from 38 states (including Maryland) and 7 countries. Here is a profile:

Traditional & Adult Students

Total enrollment4,122
Pursuing a bachelor's degree76%
Pursuing a master's degree12%
Pursuing an adult undergraduate degree12%
Maryland residents80%
Full-time students living on campus45%
Average first-to-second year retention rate75.4%

Our Faculty & Staff

Total faculty446
Number with terminal degrees (full-time)77%
Student-faculty ratio16:1
Total staff578

Our University Model

Stevenson University has developed a comprehensive university model that encompasses seven schools: the Brown School of Business and Leadership, the School of Design, the School of Education, The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, and Stevenson University Online.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

  • Accounting
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Business Information Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Marketing
  • Early Childhood Education: Liberal Arts and Technology
  • Elementary Education: Liberal Arts and Technology
  • English Language and Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film and the Moving Image
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Middle School Education: Liberal Arts and Technology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Public History
  • Theatre and Media Performance
  • Visual Communication Design

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Pre-Professional Studies

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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Stevenson University Online

With courses offered in the classroom and online, Stevenson University Online provides flexibility and convenience for adult students seeking to advance their careers by completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Adult Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Business Administration (online)
  • Business Communication (online)
  • Business Information Systems (hybrid)
  • Computer Information Systems (hybrid)
  • Criminal Justice (online)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (online or hybrid)
  • Legal Studies (hybrid)
  • Nursing: RN to BS (online)
  • Nursing: RN to MS (online)

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Master's Degree Programs

  • Business and Technology Management (online)
  • Communication Studies (online)
  • Cyber Forensics (online)
  • Forensic Science (hybrid)
  • Forensic Studies (online)
  • Healthcare Management (online) 
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Math and Science with a STEM focus (online)
  • Nursing (online)

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Campus Overview

Stevenson University has two beautiful campuses located in suburban Baltimore in Stevenson and Owings Mills, Md. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors have the best of both worlds—the history and beauty of a rural campus (the Greenspring campus) and the convenience and liveliness of a more urban location (the Owings Mills campus). Classes are held on both campuses and the University provides a free shuttle service that runs between locations throughout the day and into the evening.

Stevenson’s founding campus, the Greenspring campus, is in the scenic Greenspring Valley. Although surrounded by horse farms and estate homes, the 60-acre wooded campus is just 12 miles from downtown Baltimore. Home to the University’s administration, library, University Archives, art galleries, the Menning Meditation Center and Labyrinth, and the 330-seat Inscape Theatre, the Greenspring campus is one of the academic hubs of the University community.

Located just six miles (and about 12 minutes) from the Greenspring campus, the Owings Mills campus has 13 residential buildings; classrooms and study lounges; the 10,000-squarefoot Ratcliffe Community Center; Caves Sports and Wellness Center; Owings Mills Gymnasium; Mustang Stadium; the School of Graduate and Professional Studies; and the Howard S. Brown School of Business and Leadership. The Owings Mills campus also includes the Rockland Center, which offers a variety of dining options as well as event and meeting areas for gatherings of student organizations. The Brown School of Business and Leadership houses a library. 

Adjacent to the main Owings Mills campus is Owings Mills North, home to the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, and the School of Design. This part of campus includes the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center, which at 200,000 square feet is the University’s largest academic space. Inside the center are the Learning Commons, an innovative library area open to all students and faculty, and the University’s fourth art gallery. 
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Student Activities

Involvement in student life is an important part of the college experience. At Stevenson, we believe that this helps a student to grow socially, to build friendships, to appreciate diversity, to develop management skills, and to benefit from leadership roles. Special events, social and club activities, meetings, and other events are scheduled for afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

All students, full-time and part-time, are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and other events. Stevenson students have the opportunity to join one or more of the University’s more than 50 student clubs and organizations. Membership in campus organizations helps students meet people, learn new skills, broaden their knowledge, and network with others in their major. The University also has 27 Division III athletic teams and several intramurals and club sports teams.

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Institutional Accreditation and Authorization

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000.
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-3301.

Programmatic Accreditation and Approvals

  • American Bar Association (ABA), Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-988-6102, (Legal Studies Program).
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202-887-6791, (Nursing Programs).
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, 202-223-0077, (Educator Preparation Programs).
  • Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON), 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-2254, 410-585-1900, (Nursing Programs).
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-3301, (All Programs).
  • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-0600, (Teacher Education Programs).
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880, (Medical Laboratory Science Program).
  • Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE), 3337 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314, 571-257-3959, (Human Services Program).
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), 1313 L St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202-232-8777, (Early Childhood Education Program).
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), 3005 Center Green Drive, Suite 130, Boulder, Colorado 80301, 303-848-3275, (Distance Education Programs).
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, State Approving Agency (VA-SAA), Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-3300, (All Programs).

*All degree programs are approved for the education of veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Stevenson Superlatives

  1. Careers: Based on a recent survey by the University, 91 percent of respondents from both traditional undergraduate and graduate and professional programs reported they were employed, attending graduate school, or both within six months of graduation.
  2. Outreach: Stevenson's Baltimore Speakers Series has brought more than 50 acclaimed world cultural, political, and intellectual leaders to Maryland since 2006.
  3. Support: Stevenson received nearly $2 million in grants, gifts, and awards in 2012-2013 to support key priorities of the University.
  4. Scholarship: Since 2010, Stevenson faculty members have produced 126 creative, scholarly, and other works.
  5. Nursing: Our Nursing graduates have consistently performed well on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) with scores that are significantly higher than the rate required by the Maryland State Board of Nursing.