Women's Colleges and Universities - strong showing in 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings Report

The spotlight is on the recent national college rankings, and our Women’s College Coalition member institutions are shining! We have the Washington Monthly College Rankings Report and the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings Report that both portray a strong showing of women’s colleges and universities. The just released U.S. News & World Report includes nearly 75 percent of our membership (29 of 39) ranked in the top tier of several national and regional categories. The diversity of women’s colleges represented is an affirmation of our commitment to inclusive excellence. We have so much to be proud of in these rankings. Congratulations to all of our member schools on their amazing work and well deserved recognition!

Lessons on the Path to the Presidency

Carmen Ambar, President of Cedar Crest College and WCC board member, shares five pieces of advice for senior women administrators in the academy.
August 4, 2016

2016 Women’s College Coalition Members Commencement Speakers

Our member colleges provided a diverse and dynamic lineup of commencement speakers for their new graduates.  The following are just some of the extraordinary speakers that brought inspirational calls to action for our young women stepping out of college and into a brave new world of their own making.

Women's College Coalition Appoints Michele Ozumba as President

Michele Ozumba was selected to become the next president of the Women's College Coalition.  She assumed her new role on March 16, 2015.

Women's Colleges Receive First in the World Grants

Three women's colleges, Bay Path University, Bryn Mawr College and the College of New Rochelle, were among 24 institutions of higher education to receive Department of Education First in the World Grants in 2014. The First in the World (FITW) Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families.

Women's Colleges Recognized as Economically Diverse

Women’s colleges were in the news when two, Smith College (ranked #4) and Saint Mary’s College (ranked #8) were recognized by the New York Times as some of the most economically diverse top colleges in the country.  They were joined by Barnard, Wellesley and Bryn Mawr in the top fifty.

Women’s colleges have educated a higher percentage of low-income, racially diverse and first-generation students than traditional co-ed colleges and universities, public or private, for more than a decade.

From College to Career

Women's colleges offer unlimited career possibilities, and the Class of 2014 reflects those possibilities in the wide variety of jobs they have accepted. 

2014 Graduates Celebrate at Women's Colleges

There were lots of memorable pictures taken at women's college commencements this spring.  From decorated mortar boards  to reflections on the women they have become, recent graduates of women's colleges have lots to celebrate.

Women In Public Service Project Institute Supports Women Rebuilding Communities

The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute, co-hosted by Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke colleges, welcomed 48 professional women who hailed from some of the most troubled areas of the world to receive mentoring and support in their work to rebuild their communities torn by war, political violence, and human rights violations.

 

Women’s Colleges and Transgender: Where Do Their Loyalties Lie?

Women's colleges were founded on progressive assumptions about inclusion and empowerment.  But they were also founded for specific beneficiaries: women.  But who counts as a woman? And is it possible for colleges to draw that line without redefining their missions of tolerance?

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