President Carol Ann Mooney discusses the merits of women's colleges

A women’s college? Absolutely.

I’m Carol Ann Mooney, president of Saint Mary’s College and a proud, grateful alumna. I’ve also served as president of the Women’s College Coalition. I believe my experiences make me the ideal person to answer the question of whether a women’s college is right for you.

"Saint Mary’s made a major difference in my life and prepared me for the challenges of earning a law degree and beyond."

Why choose a women’s college? Because our mission is to educate women. Everything we do is aimed at that outcome. Every activity, every initiative is planned and executed by our women.

Our students receive an education that prepares them for leadership. Students sit on all major College committees—one is even a full voting member of the Board of Trustees. As a Saint Mary’s student, you will have opportunities to lead and participate. Those opportunities will be a vital part of your experience and growth. I know my own education at Saint Mary’s made a major difference in my life and prepared me for the challenges of earning a law degree and beyond.

But don’t just take my word for it. Surveys by the Women’s College Coalition show that graduates of women’s colleges are more satisfied with their college experience than graduates of coeducational institutions.

Additionally, we surveyed our own students with the help of the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE) and learned that Saint Mary’s students write more papers, make more presentations, engage in more contact with faculty members, and develop a deeper sense of spirituality than their coeducational counterparts.

Women’s college graduates are remarkable achievers. Did you know that 33 percent of the women board members of Fortune 1000 companies graduated from women’s colleges? Graduates of women’s colleges constitute more than 20 percent of the women in Congress. (Three members of the U.S. House of Representatives are graduates of Saint Mary’s College.)

Sister Madeleva Wolff, one of our most beloved presidents, once said, “We promise you discovery: the discovery of yourselves, the discovery of the universe, and your place in it.” This is as true today as it was when the College was founded in 1844. I hope you will choose to attend Saint Mary’s College. I know from experience it will be the best decision you can make.