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All Women's Colleges

Updated on November 14, 2016

Young women in the 21st century have lots of options. Choosing to go to college is one of them. There are literally thousands of colleges to pick from and finding the right one can be a challenge. The first consideration would be academics, of course. But there is more to college life than books and making the correct decision is important. Many women are opting for all women's colleges. There are many advantages to attending an all women's college. Research has shown that students express a greater satisfaction with the college experience. They tend to choose more frequently traditional male disciplines like science and mathematics. Students in all women's colleges develop higher levels of self-esteem than do their coed counterparts. They are twice as likely to pursue doctorate degrees and enter medical school. Without the domination of male role models and gender expectations, these students thrive and are happy.

Following are some great all women's colleges both in the United States and abroad.

United Kingdom -

LUCY CAVENDISH COLLEGE - Part of the University of Cambridge, Lucy Cavendish College boasts of a population of students from around the globe. Open to women over 21 years of age, the college offers any course offered by the University of Cambridge. Enrollment is approximately 220 students shared equally between undergraduate and graduate students. Lucy Cavendish emphasizes a strong sense of community, individual attention, and excellence in academics. Many of its graduates have gained international recognition for their research in Science and the Humanities.

NEWNHAM COLLEGE - Newnham College is one of 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge in England. Not only does it offer the finest in academics, its campus is beautiful. Spacious gardens adjoin the sports fields and campus buildings. The buildings are Victorian in style and well-preserved. NewnHam College holds to the motto "Education, Learning and Research" and has among its prestigious graduates poet Sylvia Plath and scientist Rosalind Franklin who was the first to photograph DNA.

United States -

CEDAR CREST COLLEGE - Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania believes in nurturing the multi-dimensional nature of women and is dedicated to educating the next generation of women leaders. Cedar Crest promotes research and critical thinking skillls and offers academic programs in fields where women have been traditionally underrepresented. The student population is small enough (1000 full time) to create a community atmosphere but comprehensive enough to be rated in Forbes top ten.

SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE - Sweet Briar's motto is "Think Is For Girls". Located in beautiful Sweet Briar, Virginia, the college touts itself as taking a different approach to educating women by empowering them. They specialize in the sciences, math, pre-medicine and government. Sweet Briar's historic buildings and unmatched natural surroundings makes it one of the most beautiful campuses in America. International study is encouraged as are work study programs.


BRESCIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE - Brescia University College is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. Students have access to all the resources of the university but enjoy the sense of community of a small campus. Brescia is a Catholic college and is the only all women's college in Canada. They offer small class sizes and active faculty engagement. "Learn, Live, Lead" is their academic mission. They focus on women's leadership and innovative learning.


BOX HILL COLLEGE - Box Hill College in Kuwait was established to prepare women for higher educational pursuits. It emphasizes a positive learning environment and gives students the opportunity to excel in a global business marketplace. Box Hill's curriculum has Australian accreditation. They have state of the art library and research facilities. Their academic standards are based on workplace standards and students must demonstrate compentency to finish a course.


LADY SHRI RAM COLLEGE FOR WOMEN - Lady Shri Ram College strives to empower women to assume leadership roles. Though located in bustling South Delhi, the campus boasts extensive grounds and ample gardens for quiet learning. Among their distinguished alumni are the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi and JM Morgan Stanley's vice-chairperson, Naina Lal Kidwai. Their goal is to foster creative thinkers and contribute new perspectives to the realm of knowledge.


THE WOMEN'S COLLEGE - Affiliated with the University of Sidney, The Women's College is historically the first residential women's university in Australia. It is a contemporary college with a diverse student population. The Women's College strives to be a home away from home for students yet is committed to shaping women into leaders. Among its graduates are politicians, scientists, athletes, writers and engineers.

South Korea -

SOOKMYUNG WOMEN"S UNIVERSITY - Sookmyung Women's University's objective is "Fostering Creative Leaders With The Power Of Thinking". Over 100 years old, the university has received numerous educational awards and accolades. It emphasizes problem-solving and information search capacity. It's goal is to create "happy intellectuals". The sprawling campus offers the best in residential life and academic pursuits.

Philippines -

MIRIAM COLLEGE - Miriam College is a Catholic college located in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Mainly a teacher's college, Miriam also offers elementary and high school facilities. They are constantly in flux, expanding programs and course offerings. Some new majors include environmental studies, peace education, and women and gender studies. Among their graduates is award winning broadcast journalist, Korina Sanchez.

These are only some of the excellent all women's colleges around the world.

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      Sequoia 2 years ago

      If your areltics are always this helpful, "I'll be back."

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Iowagirl - You are right but I wanted to give a global sampling in this article. Thanks for the comment.

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      iowagirl 4 years ago

      You completely left out the best women's colleges in the United States: Wellesley, Barnard, Smith, and Mount Holyoke and Bryn Mawr. Academically, these places far surpass the ones you listed.

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      Elizabeth Dorssom 5 years ago

      Chatham University's College for Women is one of Pittsburgh's best kept secrets.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Odette - Yes, Smith is one of the finest colleges - period. I should have included it though the graduate school is coed.

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      Odette 7 years ago


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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for stopping by.

      Cheeky - I know I missed a few - a lot of all women's colleges went coed a few years ago. Thanks for commenting.

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      Tickets 7 years ago from NH

      I am sending this to my niece for part of her college research...Thanks!

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      Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This is a good selection of girl's colleges, though there are a few more in London too! Good Hub!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      This will be a useful Hub for those researching a suitable college

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Gus - sounds like quite the experience. Many all women's colleges have now gone coed. There are still several left in the U.S. but very few elsewhere (except the Middle East). I really do think they should have started a "MAN" football team for you. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Gustave Kilthau 8 years ago from USA

      Suziecat - I would not argue with your list of the "best women's colleges." However, you left the very best of them out of the list. I graduated from the best of the best in 1963 - Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. In my final semester there I was the only male student going full time. I was on temporary assignment for that purpose from my Air Force outfit. It was quite an experience. I even had my own restroom. The sign on the door to that restroom stated, "MAN's Room." That girls' college has now grown up (really big!) to become "The University of the Incarnate Word." It is still one of the best of the best, but today it is co-ed. There is even a football team now, but when I attended school there, they refused to start one for me. [ :-))) ] They have a Web site: .