Mills College

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The first women’s college west of the Rockies, Mills College has been leading change and defying convention since its founding in 1852—a legacy that continues today throughout our undergraduate and graduate programs. Over the decades, Mills “firsts” have been numerous: the first laboratory school west of the Mississippi for aspiring teachers (1926); the first women’s college to offer a computer science major (1974); the first and only women’s college to reverse a decision to go coed (1990); the first business school in the West dedicated to advancing women (2005); and, in 2014, the first women’s college in the US to introduce a formal transgender admission policy.

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Oakland, California

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Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is a place where your voice matters. We’re committed to creating an inclusive, diverse community and empowering you with the tools and confidence that will help you succeed. In 2018, we reduced our undergraduate tuition by 36% to make a Mills education accessible to as many talented students as possible. More than 50% of our students are students of color and nearly half are the first in their families to attend college. At Mills, 75% of our faculty are female and more than 40% are faculty of color.

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Bryn Mawr College

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When Bryn Mawr College opened its doors in 1885, it offered women a more ambitious academic program than any previously available to them in the United States. Other women's colleges existed, but Bryn Mawr was the first to offer graduate education through the Ph.D.—a signal of its founders' refusal to accept the limitations imposed on women's intellectual achievement at other institutions.

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

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Bryn Mawr College is a highly selective women's college right outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A close-knit community of about 1,350 undergraduate students, Bryn Mawr is renowned for its academic excellence and engagement with the world.

On Bryn Mawr’s historic campus, students find challenging courses and research opportunities; strong bonds with faculty, students, and alumnae/i; and innovative programs that connect study with action. Students, faculty, and staff work together to build a community that is inclusive and welcoming. Through a holistic curriculum, the country’s oldest Self-Government Association, and a student-owned honor code, Bryn Mawr encourages original thinking.

Critical, creative, and collaborative, Bryn Mawr students and alumnae/i are agents of change and forever members of a community founded on the respect for individuals.

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Salem College

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Believing that women deserved an education comparable to that given men -- a radical view for that era -- the Moravians began a school for girls in 1772. In 1802, it became a boarding school for girls and young women; in 1866, it was renamed Salem Female Academy. Salem began granting college degrees in the 1890s.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Rooted in the distinct Moravian commitment to education, Salem's core values are learning grounded in the pursuit of excellence, in community and in responsibility to self and the world. The traditions of the early Moravians continue to play an important role in the life of the College.

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Scripps College

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Educator, publisher, and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps dedicated her dreams as well as her resources to pioneering an innovative setting for women's education as an integral part of The Claremont Colleges. At ninety years of age, she still saw life in terms of possibility and spoke of the women's college that opened its doors in 1926 as her "new adventure."

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Claremont, California

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An understanding and appreciation of diverse peoples, cultures, and perspectives informs the intellectual framework on which Scripps mission is based. The College is committed to demonstrating that respect of differences among people is a prerequisite to achieving institutional excellence. It means that virtually every conversation will have many more than two viewpoints; it means that the underlying assumptions of every question will be probed.

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Agnes Scott College

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For more than 125 years Agnes Scott College has educated and empowered intelligent women. Through the new SUMMIT curriculum, Agnes Scott has reinvented the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century so that ever women graduates ready to become a leader in a global society.

 

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Decatur, Georgia

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Agnes Scott educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Student self-government under an honor code has been a hallmark of Agnes Scott since 1906. Recently Agnes Scott was named the no. 4 Most Innovative College in US News and World Report's list of National Liberal Arts Colleges. 

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Russell Sage College of the Sage Colleges

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Russell Sage College was founded in Troy in 1916 by suffragist Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage, with the guidance of Eliza Kellas, head of the college preparatory Emma Willard School (also located in Troy). Together they founded Russell Sage College as a school of practical arts, one of the very first institutions to offer women the means of economic and social independence through preparation for professional careers.

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Troy, New York

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Russell Sage College encourages women to take risks, discover their strengths, and apply what they've learned. At Russell Sage, women of all ages and backgrounds gain a strong vision of their own power and potential, becoming women of influence in their careers and communities.

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Saint Mary's College

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Saint Mary’s promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College’s is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Online and hybrid graduate programs are offered in several in-demand fields. 

 

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Notre Dame, Indiana

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Saint Mary’s mission is to educate women, develop their talents, and prepare them to make a difference in the world. Our supportive community fosters confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. With small class sizes and outstanding faculty, students establish mentor relationships with faculty and participate in research opportunities that aren’t typically found in undergraduate settings. In addition, our students spend four years making friendships that last a lifetime, and graduates join a significant network of alumnae across many industries, across the country, and across the globe.

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Mary Baldwin University

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Founded as Augusta Female Seminary in 1842 by Rufus W. Bailey, Mary Baldwin University is the oldest institution of higher education for women in the nation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Among its first students, totaling 57 young women (paying as much as $60 per semester to attend), was Mary Julia Baldwin.

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Staunton, Virginia

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A Mary Baldwin University education is designed to empower students to take their places in the world as confident, compassionate changemakers. The university's historic location in Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia, is a strength and point of pride for Mary Baldwin University.

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Notre Dame of Maryland University

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Established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Maryland University has anticipated and met contemporary needs with visionary and pragmatic educational programs since 1895. It was the first Catholic college for women to award the 4-year baccalaureate degree.

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Baltimore, Maryland

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Notre Dame of Maryland University educates women as leaders to transform the world. Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition, encouraging students to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others, and to become socially responsible citizens. 

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