Many women's colleges were founded to offer more educational opportunities for women during a time when most colleges were men-only. Today, the vast majority of colleges and university are co-ed, but there are still many thriving women's colleges, and lots of good reasons to choose one. Perhaps the best reason is that women's colleges seem to graduate a larger proportion of high-achieving women than other schools. According to 2014 student cited on Mount Holyoke's website, the 2% of women who graduate from women's colleges account for 20% of women in Congress and 33% of women who hold spots on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies. Explore 20 women's colleges you can apply to in 2021 or 2022. See some that look like a good fit? Click the heart to save them to your college list.
The first women in America to graduate from college graduated from Wesleyan College in 1836. Wesleyan is an all-women's college located on a 200-acre wooded campus in Macon, Georgia. In addition to it's on-campus programs for undergrads, Wesleyan offers three women-only accelerated online degrees in business, accounting and applied psychology and several graduate programs for men and women.
Originally founded as Columbia University'a sister school when Columbia was all-men, Barnard now combines the advantages of attending an all-women liberal arts college with access to the many resources and opportunities available at a top-tier research university in a thriving city. Barnard's 2021 Early Decision application is due November 1, 2021.
Scripps is an all-women's college in Claremont, California. Scripps shares its campus in the foothills of Los Angeles with the other six Claremont Colleges, including Pomona, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd.
Spelman is an all-women's college and a "global leader in the education of women's of African descent." Spelman and Bennett College are the only two all-women HBCU's in the country. Spelman offers both Early Decision and Early Action. The Early Decision deadline is November 1st, and the E
Saint Mary's College is a Catholic all-women's school in Notre Dame, Indiana. Saint Mary's has a co-exchange program with Notre Dame, which allows students from both colleges to take classes at the other school. Saint Mary's has rolling admissions, and students should hear as soon as two weeks after applying.
Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina has an all-women's undergrad program and co-ed graduate programs.
Hollins University is an all-women's college in Roanoke, Virginia, near the Blueridge Mountains. Hollins offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including a three-year accelerated Bachelor's degree program.
Smith was founded in 1871 with just 14 women, and now has over 2,000 students, making it one of the largest women's colleges in the U.S. Smith offers over 50 academic programs and over 1000 courses. It's part of the Five College Consortium, which means it shares resources with four nearly colleges, Amherst College , Hampshire, UMass - Amherst and Mount Holyoke, which is also a Women's college. Smith's Early Decision 1 deadline is November 15th and the Early Decision 2 deadline is January 1st, 2022.
Notre Dame of Maryland is a Catholic all-women's school located on a wooded 60-acre campus in Baltimore. NDMU consists of four academic schools: Arts, Sciences, and Business; Education; Nursing; and Pharmacy. NDMU offers restrictive Early Action, which means that though acceptance is not binding, students can not apply early action or early decision to any other colleges.
Simmons has an all-women undergraduate program and a larger co-ed graduate program. The University is located in the heart of Boston, a city sometimes called "America's Best College Town" because it's home to many colleges and over 300,000 students.
St. Katherine's University in St. Paul, MN consists of three schools. The College for Women enrolls 1,658 undergrad women. The College for Adults and College for Graduates does enroll some men, but between 80 and 90 percent of students enrolled in those Colleges are women.
Though no longer technically an all-women's college, with three campuses and and around 15,000 students enrolled, Texas Woman's University is the largest college in the U.S that is primarily for women. The college has admitted some men since 1972. TWU offers programs is business, nursing, health sciences and other sciences, and education. Texas Woman's University graduates more health professionals than any other college in Texas.
Sweet Briar is an all-women's college in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It offers an all-women ABET accredited engineering program, and its 2,850 acres campus has become a hand-on learning lab for students studying sustainable agriculture. It's also has a nationally ranked equestrian program.
Salem is one of the nation's oldest colleges. Its undergraduate program enrolls just over 500 women, and its graduate programs enroll men and women.
Stephens College is an all-women's college in Columbia, MO.
Cottey College is a very small all-women's college in the midwest. It enrolls only 283 women total.
Mount Holyoke, an all-women's college in Massachusetts, is one of the Seven Sister schools, a group of seven all-women schools that include Barnard, Smith, Bryn Mawr, and Wellesley. (It originally included Vassar and Radcliff too, but those colleges are no longer all-women)
Agnes Scott is an all-women's college near Atlanta. It has be recognized as one of the most innovative colleges in the country for the past four years.
Bryn Mawr is a women's-college near Philadelphia, PA. Its partnerships with Haverford, Swarthmore, and University of Pennsylvania give its students access to some of best colleges in the area and the ability to return home to a small, women-only liberal arts school.
Wellesley is an all-women's college just 12 miles from Boston and Cambridge, MA. The college has need-blind admissions, which means it admits students without taking into account financial need. Wellesley meets 100% of demonstrated need for admitted students.
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