They say a women’s work is never done. From earning a degree and starting a career, to raising a family, there is a plethora of things to do on a daily basis. Time does not slow down! Take a deep breath and start at the beginning: going to college. Perhaps you are searching for a school that is ideal for women. Here is a list of colleges throughout the United States that are not only perfect for girls, but were also founded by a female.
Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Wellesley College was founded by Pauline Durant in 1870. This private college is ideal for women who want to study political science or liberal arts. Some famous women with a degree from Wellesley College include U.S. Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, along with the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright.
The institution is well-known for its Wellesley Centers for Women. It hosts an interdisciplinary research and outreach program that contributes directly to national policy-making initiatives. One of its most notable endeavors is the Violence Against Women Act. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Wellesley College is ranked number four on its list of National Liberal Arts Colleges.
In 1923, Ellen Browning Scripps established Claremont Colleges of Claremont, California. Three years later, she founded the Scripps campus in the same location. With its gorgeous landscaping and striking architecture, it has earned a spot on Forbes’ list of The World’s Most Beautiful College Campuses.
Scripps College offers a one-of-a-kind science program known as the Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS). It is ideal in helping freshmen students with scientific research and collaboration.
Missionaries Harriet Giles and Sophia Packard founded Spelman College in 1881. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman College is a historically black college. According to the National Science Foundation, it is one of the top schools for black women who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in sciences.
Every year, Spelman College accepts up to 50 Gates Millennium Scholars. It is ranked number one on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of top historically black colleges.
Saint Mary’s College
Close to the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana is Saint Mary’s College. It was founded in 1844 on behalf of four French missionaries known as the Sisters of the Holy Cross. In order to establish social networking and even opportunities, Saint Mary’s College has created a partnership with the University of Notre Dame.
Not only is the college known for its active volunteers, about half of the students participate in programs and internships abroad. It also boasts of a unique system for general education requirements. Since 2010, the Sophia Program finds a way to connect a broad range of knowledge to each major; therefore, students have the ability to learn in a plethora of areas while still receiving credits toward their major.
St. Catherine University
Similar to Saint Mary’s College, French Catholic missionaries founded St. Catherine University. In 1905, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet established the college in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is well-known for joining the Phi Beta Kappa society, which was created in 1776. With 24 honor societies, St. Catherine University is recognized for its scholarly achievements.
Providing college courses for both high school students and undergraduates, St. Catherine University was ranked number thirteen among the top regional universities of the Midwest according to the U.S. News and World Report.
Located in Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College was founded by Sophia Smith in 1875. As a deaf woman and academic activist, Sophia Smith established the college with her endowment. Notable alumnae include Nancy Reagan, Julia Child, and Sylvia Plath.
Over $150,000 has been donated to the United Way of Hampshire County for community development and sustainability toward installing clean energy solutions. In terms of liberal arts colleges in the nation, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Smith College number nineteen.
The Sisters of the Moravian Protestant Church established Salem College in 1766, making it one the oldest women’s colleges in the United States of America. Located in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Salem College is known as one of the most affordable liberal arts colleges by Money magazine. Salem Firsts is a unique mentorship program that guides future students who are the first in their families to attend college.
Sweet Briar College
In 1906, the doors of Sweet Briar College opened after Indiana Fletcher Williams donated her plantation and funds toward its establishment. Located in Sweet Briar, Virginia, Sweet Briar College has a leadership and campus involvement contest every year known as Visible Vixen. It pushes women to take challenges within extra academic, community, and athletic tasks.
According to the Princeton Review, Sweet Briar College is ranked number three for Most Accessible Professors and number four for Professors Get High Marks.
Stephens College of Columbia, Missouri was founded by Lucy Wales in 1833. Beginning in 1921, students must pledge to the Ten Ideals along with academic and conduct guidelines. It is also known for its Columbia Female Academy.
The Harbinger is a literary magazine of Stephens College that has won the Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Literary Arts Journal award for several years. It is ranked number twelve for top college theater programs, according to the Princeton Review.
Whatever college you choose, make sure you are ready and more than willing to give it your all. As a woman, this is your chance to create the life you have always wanted. Map out your goals, so you can achieve your dreams. If you need help with discovering your potential, Amanda Speaks is an ideal site that offers motivational advice and worthwhile programs.
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