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Why an All-Girl Institution Might Be Your Best College Fit

Categories: Admissions Advice

To most high school juniors and seniors, a single-sex college is an ancient idea that needs only milliseconds to veto; however, there are some who might say, that it’s not such a bad idea. While single-sex colleges are an ancient idea, there are plenty of them still around along with plenty of women who swear by them! Before you immediately reject spending the next four years of homework, lectures, and meals with other women,  consider why an all-girl institution might be your best college fit!

For the Value:

As you search for potential colleges, consider everything you want out of attending your institution. Do you want to graduate with connections to a job in the real world? Do you want to be the very best at your field of study? Do you want to become self-sufficient? Make new friends? Meet the person you want to marry? Take on a leadership role? Make changes to who you are? Discover new interests and talents? Perhaps you’re interested in pursuing a rare major an all-girls school happens to have. If what you want out of your future college has nothing to do with whether the school is same-sex or co-ed, an all-girl institution might end up being your best college match!

For the Friendships:

If you’re interested in forming strong friendships with other girls, you might want to consider an all-girl college. Many women who have graduated from same-sex colleges report that a strong support system exists amongst these institutions and great friendships come out of them.

For the Comfort:

Some high school students find they’re just more comfortable in an all-girl environment, and would rather ask their “dumb questions” in a class full of other women than amongst men where they might feel judged. Some also think they can concentrate more on their academics without being distracted by men. If you feel more yourself with a group of girls than amongst a co-ed group, a same-sex institution may be your best college fit!

For Consistency:

If you’ve gone to a single-sex school your entire life, you may decide you don’t want to switch things up right now. As you prepare to attend college, you might be facing leaving your friends, moving away from home, and choosing what you want to do with your life. If throwing the co-ed experience into the mix right now seems incredibly stressful, keeping things consistent by attending an all-girl school might be your best college fit.

For the Sweatpants:

Some girls who attend same-sex institutions report their love for being able to roll out of bed and walk into class without having a care in the world about what they look like. These students believe that if they had attended a co-ed institution, they would have a higher focus on appearance and how they are received by the opposite sex.

For the Opportunities:

Some women at single-sex colleges like the idea that women can pursue any major and any leadership role without facing the stereotypes that may have come with it at a co-ed institution.

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25 All-Women’s Colleges

Many people assume that all-women’s colleges are just glorified finishing schools. But, the truth is that there are actually a boatload of major advantages in attending an all-women’s school.

Studies have shown that the girl’s only atmosphere that so smoothly condoned slumber parties as 10 year olds, allows college-aged women to participate more fully in and out of class. For whatever reason, boys generally intimidate girls into less confident, more quiet versions of themselves.

Studies even show that women are more likely to concentrate in math and science fields without boys around. Sorry boys, but these advantages give female graduates who studied at all female universities a leg up in confidence and a greater sense of purpose than their coed counterparts.

Boys drool!

So here’s a big list of all-women’s colleges:

1. Barnard College
Located in New York City, Barnard is affiliated with Columbia University which gives their students the opportunity to take classes at Columbia.

2. Spelman College
This prestigious, traditionally black women’s college in Georgia, began as a girls’ high school and now ranks among the top higher education institutions in the country. Affiliation with Moorehouse College gives women access to more classes–and, yes, guys.

3. Ursuline College
The school is widely recognized for its Art Therapy program, Breen School of Nursing, and teaching certification program.

4. Bay Path College
Bay Path private undergraduate women’s college is located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

5. Bryn Mawr College
Students at Bryn Mawr can take classes at Swarthmore College and Haverford College as well. It also offers an innovative alternative to a single-sex education: Haverford students are permitted to live in co-ed Bryn Mawr dorms.

6. Mills College
Located on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, Mills began as a seminary for young women in the 1850s, before the founding of Stanford or the University of California.

7. Bennett College for Women
Bennet College is a historically black college and became a women’s college in 1926.

8. Converse College
Converse is named after Dexter Edgar Converse, a native of Vermont who had settled in Spartanburg before the American Civil War and had become a successful pioneer in the cotton mill industry.

9. Moore College of Art and Design
Not only does Moore provide a highly career-focused education, but it is also the first and only women’s visual arts college in the nation.

10. Pine Manor College
U.S. News and World Report rated Pine Manor College as the nation’s most racially diverse liberal arts college.

11. Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)
Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame have a Co-Exchange program where students can take up to two classes per semester on the University of Notre Dame campus.

12. Cottey College
Before 2011, Cottey College only offered the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees, however, since Fall 2011, Cottey began offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in the following programs: English, Environmental Studies, and International Relations and Business.

13. Chatham University
Chatham grants certificates and degrees including bachelor, master, first-professional, and doctorate.

14. Wells College
Undergraduate students at Wells are required to participate in off-campus internships during two of their winter recesses.

15. Assumption College for Sisters
Assumption is the last remaining sisters’ college, or college primarily designed to educatenuns, located in the United States.

16. Cedar Crest College
Led by one of the country’s few black female college presidents, the 142-year-old college in Allentown, Pa., offers extensive adult education programs in addition to women’s academics.

18. Mount Holyoke College
The oldest of the Seven Sisters–the female equivalent of the once male-dominated Ivy League–has produced such notable alumnae as poet Emily Dickinson and Gloria Johnson-Powell, the first woman to get tenure at Harvard Medical School.

19. Simmons College
This racially diverse college in Boston prides itself on its early adoption of admissions of black and Jewish students. It offers an M.B.A. program designed specifically for women.

20. Smith College
Proud of its feminist heritage, Smith, located in the beautiful Amherst area of Massachusetts, gives its eclectic and independent students the option of taking classes at sister school Mt. Holyoke and, for a large-school experience, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

21. Sweet Briar College
In the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Sweet Briar offers a beautiful, secluded campus with a renowned equestrian program. It is highly rated for career services and professors’ engagement with students.

22. Wellesley College
Alma mater of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright, Wellesley boasts one of the largest endowments of any women’s college. Students can cross-register at MIT.

23. Judson College
It is the fifth oldest women’s college in the United States.[5] It was named after Ann Hasseltine Judson, the first female foreignmissionary from the United States. It has been affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention throughout its history .

24. Mount St. Mary’s College
According to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report listing of America’s Best Colleges, Mount St. Mary’s College is one of the highest rankedmaster’s-granting universities in the Western United States, placing among the top twenty schools evaluated, out of 574 colleges and universities nationally.

25. Scripps College
Scripps ranks 3rd for the nation’s best women’s college, ahead of Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, and Bryn Mawr Collegeat 23rd on the list for top liberal arts colleges in the United States by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.


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