Sweet Briar College

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Sweet Briar was established in 1901 in the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams. Williams founded the school in memory of her daughter, Daisy, who had died at age 16. The College opened in 1906 with 51 students. The A.B. degree was immediately recognized by graduate programs at leading universities — and three of the College’s first five graduates went on to pursue advanced degrees.

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Sweet Briar, Virginia

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Sweet Briar is a private liberal arts and sciences college for women of consequence with an ABET-accredited engineering program and a core curriculum focused on leadership in the 21st century. Reduced tuition, a new academic calendar and research funding for experiential learning opportunities make it one of the nation’s Most Innovative Schools (U.S. News). The College’s unique community and campus life foster strength and resilience in every student by surrounding her with excellent faculty, coaches and staff who challenge her to bring her best self forward — and to own it with confidence, courage and grit.

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Converse College

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Although the doors of Converse opened October 1, 1890, the first step towards the founding of the college was taken in 1889 when a prominent attorney assembled a group of Spartanburg citizens to discuss the project. Among the 13 men was Dexter Edgar Converse, a native of Vermont who had settled in Spartanburg before the Civil War. His contributions to the college were so valuable it was given his name.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina

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The Converse College commitment to creativity and the development of adaptable individuals with clear vision, wise decision and just action is guided by seven core values: excellence, integrity, exploration, diversity, respect, community and progress.

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Stephens College

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The Columbia Female Academy opened in 1833 under the helm of Lucy H. Wales. The institution was renamed in honor of James L. Stephens in 1870, who endowed the College with $20,000. The first half of the 20th century saw the birth of the Ten Ideals — values to which Stephens women pledge to adhere — the Stephens College Children’s School, the country’s oldest continuously active horse-riding club, and the country’s first aviation program for women. Stephens launched an innovative distance-education program for Health Information Management in 1970, later building on the program’s success to launch 100% online graduate and undergraduate degrees for working professionals.

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Columbia, Missouri

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The second-oldest women’s college in the nation, Stephens takes pride in its commitment to the creative arts and health sciences. It is a National College of Distinction, specially recognized for its Center for Career and Professional Development and its dedication to experiential learning. Stephens is one of the “Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019” according to the Business of Fashion, London, and its theatre program is ranked in the nation’s top 10 by the Princeton Review. Stephens is a long-time innovator in preparing students for high-demand healthcare industry careers that serve and enrich communities. And, with its pet-fostering scholarship program, Stephens is known as one of the pet-friendliest campuses in the country.

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