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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Smith College

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Smith College is a distinguished liberal arts college committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate education for women to enable them to develop their intellects and talents and to participate effectively and fully in society.

The college was founded in 1871 by Sophia Smith, who decided to leave that leaving her inheritance to found a women’s college was the best way for her to fulfill a moral obligation. Smith has changed much since its founding. But throughout its history there have been certain enduring constants: an uncompromising defense of academic and intellectual freedom, an attention to the relation between college education and the larger public issues of world order and human dignity, and a concern for the rights and privileges of women.

Today the college continues to benefit from a dynamic relationship between innovation and tradition. And while Smith’s basic curriculum of the humanities, arts and sciences still flourishes, the college continues to respond to the new intellectual needs of today’s women—offering majors or interdepartmental programs in engineering, the study of women and gender, neuroscience, film and media studies, Middle East studies, statistical and data sciences and other emerging fields.

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Northampton, Massachusetts

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At Smith, your individual exploration and education come first. The focus is on making the most of who you are and what you want to become. The world is your campus, preparing you to live, work, and lead across global borders.

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Cedar Crest College

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Since its founding in 1867, Cedar Crest College has taken a bold approach to education - creating a college and a curriculum designed for women who want to achieve at the highest levels!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Recognizing the multi-dimensional nature of students, Cedar Crest College is dedicated to the education of the next generation of women leaders by preparing the whole student for life in the global community. At Cedar Crest, you will become a leader for life.

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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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Hollins University

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Initially established in 1842 as Valley Union Seminary, a coeducational college, Hollins became an institution for women in 1852. Three years later, it was renamed Hollins in recognition of benefactors John and Ann Halsey Hollins.

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Roanoke, Virginia

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Hollins pursues an uncommon mission to provide women the opportunity to find their own voices and seek their own individual dreams and goals. We help them gain confidence to compete in a still-unequal world and give them the tools to make the world a better place for other women, children, and men. We seek out women with strong personalities and ambitious goals.

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