The Best Women Colleges of 2015

By College Choice, Special for USDR

College Choice (www.collegechoice.net), a leading college search resource, has published its first annual ranking of the best U.S. women’s colleges. The ranking can be viewed at  http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-womens-colleges/.

All accredited women’s colleges in the United States were considered for the ranking, which is unique in being based exclusively on the factors actual college students said were most important to their college decision. According to the largest annual poll of entering college freshman put out by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the top four factors in deciding which college to attend were academic reputation, financial aid offering, overall cost, and graduate’s success in the post-job market. These factors were weighted equally in College Choice’s ranking of women’s colleges and derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.com.

Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA earned top honors in the ranking, followed by Smith College in Northampton, MA and Barnard College in New York, NY.

Other schools included in the list (in Alphabetical order):

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia

Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bay Path University, Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota

College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey

College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Nebraska

Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina

Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Cottey College, Nevada,  Missouri

Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia

Judson College, Marion, Alabama

Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia

Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina

Midway College, Midway, Kentucky

Mills College, Oakland California

Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, California

Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland

Russell Sage College, Albany New York

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

St Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia

Trinity Washington University, Washington D.C.

University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut

Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio

Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia

“Women who attend women’s colleges often feel they are better prepared for their first job,” said Jenny Castro, lead editor of the ranking. “At women’s colleges, women also tend to do extremely well in math and science courses, preparing them for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers.  This ranking will help young women and their families to find the right college that will meet their needs and help them fulfill their aspirations.”

College Choice (www.collegechoice.net) is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

SOURCE: College Choice

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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