In the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several outstanding women’s colleges. Some of these schools operate totally independently, while others have close interchanges with nearby coeducational institutions or are members of consortia with nearby coeducational schools through which students can enroll in a certain number of classes and take advantage of athletic and other facilities at member institutions.
There are lots of advantages to attending a women’s college. According to research, women’s college graduates achieve at a higher level in their careers, earn more in salary, have longer lasting relationships with classmates, and have a higher level of loyalty to their colleges. There tends to be greater opportunity for women in these colleges, as well; the vast majority of leadership positions in coed colleges are held by men, where obviously 100% of leadership positions in women’s colleges are held by women. Equally obviously, 100% of research opportunities at women’s colleges are open only to women. But what about men on campus? While some women’s colleges don’t have many men on campus, others that are situated near coed schools routinely see men on campus, either taking classes there or just visiting. Besides, can you think of a bigger “guy magnet” than a college full of women? Even if you’ve never considered a women’s college, keep your mind open to the idea and do some research, including asking questions of current students.
I have visited some of the top women’s colleges in the country and always had a tremendous experience. As a woman myself, I normally come away from the visit with a real sense of empowerment – which is the sort of environment that all of these campuses seek to foster. And clearly it works!
Probably boring for some w/o any guys. However, they’re probably great for the vast amount of women students. Being a guy, I don’t have the best answer.
Probably boring for some w/o any guys. However, they’re probably great for the vast amount of women students. That’s really a silly question.
Women’s colleges are colleges that enroll only female students. While modern ones often have arrangements with co-ed schools so that classes in fact may include males, all residential, organizational, and athletic programs serve and include the schools’ enrolled female population. The history of these schools harkens back to a time when it was often believe that women should not be educated and so they were not accepted into the traditional schools that were intended to serve and prepare the nation’s future male leaders. Obviously attitudes changed and as the United States moved deeper into the 20th century almost all formerly all male schools started to admit women, a fact that altered the nature of all women’s colleges many of which went co-ed. However a substantive number have survived and flourished, offering opportunities for women to pursue a high level education in an atmosphere lacking in social distractions. Studies have shown that such a setting allow for even greater development of their intellectual and leadership skills.
They vary considerable and need to be considered on their individual merits.
Women’s colleges are like any other college…without the men. For some, learning in an environment that is free of potential gender bias is liberating, both personally and academically. Much of the boy/girl social focus that can be such a large part of the co-ed college experience is significantly diminished, often freeing students up in many ways to invest their energies in learning, personal growth, and the development of friendships.
For young women who are looking for challenging, yet nurturing college environments — women’s colleges can be a great fit.
The only difference between co-ed and women’s colleges is the lack of men. Facilities, degrees offered, opportunities, extracurriculars, athletics are still available and often at a higher quality. Without men to compete against, women say they are able to develop their leadership skills better. Research and lab experiences abound, alumni and career connections tend to be strong. And then there’s the lack of distraction aspect that comes from an absence of the opposite gender. While a single gender experience isn’t for everyone, and some would say there is greater “drama”, the remaining schools have been around for a long time, so something is working well.
I am persoanlly a big fan for women’s colleges. they are normally misundstood and misconceptions from parents are the steretypes just like everything else.
the common competitive advantages for women’s colleges are personal attention and individual growth for better confidence and higher motiviation.
it is also critical for the right students to apply women’s colleges. it is not designed for one size fits all and it is promoted for leadership in the professional field.
Women’s colleges are historical institutions, dating back to the days when only males were permitted entrance into college. Women’s colleges focus on developing academic skills, knowledge, and leadership in women. These institutions teach women to be independent, they empower. When the Supreme Court in the 1950s realized that public male colleges violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, many women’s colleges decided to go coed. Many women’s colleges remain however, and the famous alums from these colleges are a testament to their worth. Here is the link to view notable alums, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_notable_alumnae_of_women%27s_colleges_in_the_United_States. Just to mention a few notables, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright attended Wellesley. Meryl Streep graduated from Vassar. Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is an alum of Trinity College which is now coed as Trinity Washington University. I hope you go and view the list, it is solid proof that women’s colleges produce women of strength and ability.
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