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    Top Women’s Colleges in the US

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Updated: December 11th, 2023

    Women’s colleges have long been great options for higher education. Whether you are interested in gender advocacy and leadership or just prefer to learn surrounded by other women, these top women’s colleges are great options to pursue a higher education. Scroll down to compare the top women’s colleges by size, cost, graduation rate, admissions rate, and more.

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    Wellesley College

    Wellesley, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    Wellesley, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

    16% acceptance rate
    2,383 undergraduate students
    92% graduation rate
    $21,561 average per year after aid
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    Barnard College

    New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    New York, NY

    Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    11% acceptance rate
    3,007 undergraduate students
    93% graduation rate
    $32,514 average per year after aid
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    Mount Holyoke College

    South Hadley, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    South Hadley, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    52% acceptance rate
    2,214 undergraduate students
    85% graduation rate
    $16,731 average per year after aid
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    Smith College

    Northampton, MA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Northampton, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    30% acceptance rate
    2,566 undergraduate students
    91% graduation rate
    $29,814 average per year after aid
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    Agnes Scott College

    Decatur, GA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Decatur, GA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    70% acceptance rate
    1,013 undergraduate students
    75% graduation rate
    $12,423 average per year after aid
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    Simmons University

    Boston, MA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Boston, MA

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    84% acceptance rate
    1,746 undergraduate students
    71% graduation rate
    $18,046 average per year after aid
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    Bryn Mawr College

    Bryn Mawr, PA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Bryn Mawr, PA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    39% acceptance rate
    1,422 undergraduate students
    87% graduation rate
    $40,350 average per year after aid
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    College of Saint Benedict

    Saint Joseph, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Saint Joseph, MN

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    92% acceptance rate
    1,535 undergraduate students
    77% graduation rate
    $26,679 average per year after aid
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    Salem College

    Winston-Salem, NC • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Winston-Salem, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    90% acceptance rate
    346 undergraduate students
    67% graduation rate
    $10,492 average per year after aid
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    Scripps College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Claremont, CA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    30% acceptance rate
    1,091 undergraduate students
    82% graduation rate
    $39,142 average per year after aid
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    Spelman College

    Atlanta, GA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Atlanta, GA

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    51% acceptance rate
    2,417 undergraduate students
    76% graduation rate
    $29,102 average per year after aid
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    Meredith College

    Raleigh, NC • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Raleigh, NC

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    70% acceptance rate
    1,411 undergraduate students
    68% graduation rate
    $19,897 average per year after aid
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    Cottey College

    Nevada, MO • Private, Non-Profit, Town

    Nevada, MO

    Private, Non-Profit, Town

    61% acceptance rate
    303 undergraduate students
    67% graduation rate
    $16,490 average per year after aid
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    St Catherine University

    Saint Paul, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Saint Paul, MN

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    75% acceptance rate
    2,546 undergraduate students
    59% graduation rate
    $19,206 average per year after aid
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    Ursuline College

    Pepper Pike, OH • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Pepper Pike, OH

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    82% acceptance rate
    657 undergraduate students
    49% graduation rate
    $16,690 average per year after aid
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    Hollins University

    Roanoke, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Roanoke, VA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    75% acceptance rate
    713 undergraduate students
    59% graduation rate
    $22,664 average per year after aid
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    Mary Baldwin University

    Staunton, VA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Staunton, VA

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    --% acceptance rate
    1,458 undergraduate students
    48% graduation rate
    $17,514 average per year after aid
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    Brenau University

    Gainesville, GA • Private, Non-Profit, City

    Gainesville, GA

    Private, Non-Profit, City

    89% acceptance rate
    1,310 undergraduate students
    47% graduation rate
    $22,771 average per year after aid
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    Sweet Briar College

    Sweet Briar, VA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    Sweet Briar, VA

    Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

    80% acceptance rate
    451 undergraduate students
    42% graduation rate
    $19,661 average per year after aid
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    About the Data

    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

    What are women’s colleges?

    Women’s colleges are schools where the entire student population is composed of women. Some of these schools may allow non-women in their graduate programs, but their undergraduate programs are entirely women.

    Women’s colleges in the US were initially created in the 19th century, at a time when it was difficult or impossible for women to receive higher education. Many of these initial women’s colleges have either shut down or begun admitting non-women. However, there are still a good number of schools left for students who prefer to learn in an all-women environment.

    Related: Top scholarships for women

    Choosing a women’s college

    Students can have many different reasons for choosing a women’s college. Maybe you feel more comfortable participating in the school community, or you think it would provide a more focused environment for your studies.

    Studies by the Women’s Colleges Coalition have suggested that women’s colleges may produce better economic outcomes for students, and give students a higher chance of going on to graduate school.

    In the end, it comes down to personal preference. If you’re considering a women’s college, one of the best things you can do is go for a campus visit to both all-women’s campuses and gender-inclusive ones. That way you can compare the different atmospheres and decide which seems like the right fit for you.

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    Frequently asked questions about women’s colleges

    What is the hardest women's college to get into?

    Barnard College typically has the lowest acceptance rate of the women’s colleges in the US, coming in around 11%. But they are far from the only good option when it comes to women’s colleges. Be sure to apply to safety, reach, and match schools to ensure you have a wealth of options when it comes time to choose a school.

    Do women's colleges still exist?

    Women’s colleges do still exist; many have begun to admit students of all genders, such as Vassar College, but schools like Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, and Barnard still only consider women for admission.
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