Women’s colleges are as diverse as the women they serve.  They are in metropolitan areas and small towns.  They offer everything from traditional liberal arts courses to pre-professional programs.  They can be secular or affiliated with a faith tradition.  You can live on campus or enroll in an evening or weekend program if you’re working or have family commitments.  Despite all the choices they offer, there are some things that women’s colleges have in common.

  • A commitment to women’s success and well-being.  Women flourish academically when faculty teaching styles are student-centered, and that’s what you get at a women’s college.  More than at co-ed colleges, women’s colleges offer small classes with lively discussions, opportunities for collaboration, an emphasis on developing oral and written communications skills and the chance for undergraduate research and internships.  You’ll also have lots of opportunities to lead and develop your leadership skills, all of which give you exactly the skills that employers want, and that women’s college alumnae say prepares them exceptionally well for first jobs and career advancement.  Learn more.
  • A commitment to access and affordability.  Going to college is a big financial commitment, and women’s colleges have the supportive environment that makes a college education possible.
    • 94% of women’s college first-year full-time students receive some form of financial aid.
    • 48% are eligible for Pell Grants.
    • the average annual institutional aid is over $15,000.
    • more women’s college students graduate in 4 years or less than at co-ed institutions (which means fewer years of college expenses).
  • Enthusiastic students and alumnae who can tell you what it’s really like.  Women’s colleges have a unique environment that is challenging yet supportive.  And that starts with the admission process, where you can tour the campus, attend a class, check out the food, and speak with a student or young alumna to find out  about the social life (yes, there will be lots of co-ed social scenes), about campus life and about life after college.  To get started, two recent women’s college graduates are here to tell you more.