Founded in 1947 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Baltimore County, Maryland, Villa Julie College began as a two year institution. Throughout the twentieth century, the campus continued to expand and began offering four-year degrees in 1984. Soon after, the College offered evening and weekend programs for adult learners. At the turn of the twenty-first century, major changes came to Villa Julie. The College inaugurated a new president, added a second campus at Owing Mills, and changed their status to “university.” Along with the status change, the College decided to assume a new name and “Stevenson University” was born. Today, the private not-for-profit Stevenson University still maintains its two Maryland campuses, one in Stevenson and the other in Owings Mills. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled at Stevenson and class sizes average 17 students with a 15:1 student-faculty ratio.
Stevenson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education/Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has additional accreditations with the Council on Standards for Human Service Education, the Maryland State Department of Education, the American Bar Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
In development of the university mission, Stevenson University crafted an introspective Career Architecture program that helps students achieve growth through three components - Personal Direction, Discipline Exdivertise, and Professional Know-How. The University offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, in addition to Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs for adult learners only. Accelerated programs are taught through hybrid or online formats and can be completed in 18-24 months.
Accelerated Master’s degrees include:
- Business and Technology Management - online/on-site
- Cyber Forensics - online only
- Forensic Science - hybrid format
- Forensic Studies - online or on-site
- Graduate Nursing - online for part-time nurses
- Healthcare Management - online
- Business Administration - online or on-site
- Business Communication - online/evening on-site classes
- Business Information Systems - online or on-site
- Computer Information Systems - online or on-site
- Criminal Justice - online only
- Interdisciplinary Studies - online or on-site
- Paralegal Studies - partially online/on-site
- RN to BS degrees - traditional on-site classes
Adult students entering as freshmen must complete an application, submit official transcripts or GED, a personal statement, and an optional interview (highly recommended for nurse and education majors). Stevenson recognizes qualifying Associate’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions for transfer students and transfer students transferring without a degree will need to submit records for evaluation. Additional documentation will be necessary for international students, including proof of English proficiency. Non-degree seeking students must submit a separate application form in addition to official transcripts.
Requirements for full-time graduate applicants are degree-specific, but may include the application, official transcripts and writing samples, professional recommendations, resume, GRE/GMAT scores and a minimum cumulative GPA ranging from 2.5-3.0, depending upon degree. International students will need to submit additional documentation including English proficiency TOEFL scores. Students applying to Stevenson University may also qualify for prior learning credits earned through previous work or learning experiences.
Tuition rates at Stevenson are as follows:
- Full-time undergraduate students (12-18 credits per semester): $23,562
- Part-time undergraduate students (less than 12 credits per semester): $596 per credit hour
- Accelerated undergraduate students: $495 per credit hour
- Accelerated graduate students (degree-specific): $560 - $590
Stevenson University recognizes and supports financial aid programs. Merit-based scholarships are available for undergraduate students with aid ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 annually and the University provides numerous endowed scholarships for qualifying students. Stevenson also supports need-based grants and Maryland resident’s aid including the Educational Assistance Grant, the Guaranteed Access Grant, and the Senatorial Scholarship Program. Stevenson additionally participates in federal aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, and the Federal Direct Student Loan Program for eligible students (Graduate students are only eligible for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan.).
Stevenson University supports military personnel through membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. The University also partners with the Maryland National Guard to offer Active Guard members a 15% tuition discount. Stevenson also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans and their dependents.
Online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Geographic Restrictions:Online programs are not available to residents of Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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