Long after colleges for women were established as the only educational path open to girls to pursue higher education, there are still nearly fifty women’s colleges in the United States. They are committed to the way that single-gender education supports different learning styles and post-graduate success, cognizant of the leadership roles that are common for their graduates. The National Survey of Student Engagement has found that first-year students at women’s colleges report high levels of support for college success, encouragement for activities that lead to deeper learning, and high levels of support for diverse interactions within the student body. Here are five of the forty-six women’s colleges in the US:
·First-year students live in dorms grouped with other students in their First-year Foundation classes; the core curriculum, “Nine Ways of Knowing,” reflects the college’s dedication to liberal arts education.
·Students may cross-register for classes at Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Julliard, and Jewish Theological Seminary.
·By the numbers: 21% acceptance rate, Mid-range SAT scores: CR 620-730, M 620-710; Mid-range ACT Scores: 28-32
·Mills was the first women's college in the west to offer baccalaureate degrees and a major in Computer Science; now Fine Arts, Music, and pre-professional advising are strong and popular majors.
· The School of Education and the Psychology Department offer a joint major/minor in Child Development with a specialization in Infant Mental Health. Students may work and learn at the on-campus Mills College Children’s School.
·By the numbers: 68% acceptance rate. Mid-range SAT Scores: CR 540-640, M 500-610; Mid-range ACT Scores: 24-29