1. MORE WOMEN’S COLLEGE STUDENTS GRADUATE ON TIME.
They were more likely to have graduated in four years or less than women who attended coed liberal arts colleges and public universities.*
2. WOMEN’S COLLEGES ARE BETTER AT HELPING STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO LEARN.
Women’s colleges receive higher effectiveness ratings than all other colleges and universities for helping students develop the ability to learn new skills.*
3. STUDENTS AT WOMEN’S COLLEGES PRACTICE WHAT THEY LEARN IN INTERNSHIPS.
Women’s college alumnae were more likely than public university graduates to have taken part in college-sponsored internships: 63% vs. 49%. With increasing frequency, employers and students see internships as entrées into jobs.*
4. WOMEN’S COLLEGE GRADUATES SAY THEY’RE BETTER PREPARED FOR THEIR FIRST JOB.
Women’s colleges receive higher ratings than all other colleges and universities for helping students be prepared for their first job.*
5. WOMEN’S COLLEGES INSPIRE STUDENTS TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION.
Graduates of women’s colleges are more likely to complete a graduate degree than female graduates of coed liberal arts colleges and public universities.*
6. WOMEN’S COLLEGE GRADUATES SAY THE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT WAS WORTH IT.
The vast majority (90%) believes the financial investment in their education was worthwhile and that the intellectual and personal capacities they gained continue to be extremely important.*
7. WOMEN’S COLLEGES ARE BETTER AT BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE AND INITIATIVE.
That’s what more than 90% of women’s college alumnae report, compared with 32% of women graduates of public universities.*
8. WOMEN’S COLLEGE GRADUATES BENEFIT MORE FROM THEIR COLLEGE NETWORK.
When it comes to landing that first job or getting into graduate school, women’s college graduates find that their college network (alumnae, faculty, and friends) plays a greater role than those at public universities.*
9. WOMEN’S COLLEGE GRADUATES LEARN HOW TO BE A BETTER LEADER.
Women’s colleges receive higher effectiveness ratings than all other colleges and universities for helping students learn to be a leader.*
10. WOMEN’S COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF WRITE MORE EFFECTIVE REFERENCES.
Because there’s greater interaction between students and faculty/staff at women’s colleges, the references students get when they’re applying to graduate school or for a first job are more personal and can speak to the students’ strengths and qualifications more effectively.*
11. GRADUATES FROM WOMEN’S COLLEGES HAVE AN EDGE IN THE WORKFORCE.
Since nearly all women’s colleges are also liberal arts colleges, women gain a twofold advantage: the support of their college peers plus a well-rounded liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes the creative thinking the new economy demands.+
12. GRADUATES OF WOMEN’S COLLEGES STAY MORE ENGAGED WITH THEIR ALMA MATERS.
Whether it’s as trustees, recruiters, or owners of companies partnering for internship programs, more than half of graduates from women’s colleges stay involved with their college and remain committed to helping the next generation of students.*
- *Comparative Alumnae Research Study Hardwick-Day, 2012