Why a Women’s College?

Because you’ll be engaged with and supported by faculty and peers. Because our academics are excellent and challenging. Because we’re about collaboration, not competition. And mentoring with both your professors and other students. And friendships for life.

And because...

An all-women’s education has provided me with the confidence to be myself, not only in the classroom, but in my everyday activities. I have no doubt that I will be successful throughout my life, in part, due to the impact that Saint Mary’s has had on me. - Jaclyn Schramm '17

Measurable Differences

According to studies gathered by the Women’s College Coalition, women who study at women’s colleges:

  • score higher on standardized achievement tests.
  • are more likely to pursue traditionally male-dominated disciplines such as math and the sciences.
  • have an 81% chance of continuing their education after college.

Remarkable Achievers

While only 2% of American female college graduates attended women’s colleges, graduates of women’s colleges tend to hold higher positions in their careers compared to their co-ed counterparts.

Women’s College grads represent:

  • 20% of the women in Congress
  • 3 US Representatives are graduates of Saint Mary’s College
  • 30% of a Businessweek list of rising women in corporate America
  • 33% of the women board members of Fortune 1000 companies

Compared to their co-ed counterparts, women’s college graduates:

  • are more than twice as likely to earn a doctoral degree or enter medical school.
  • are more likely to be “completely satisfied” with the overall quality of their education.
  • are more likely than flagship public university graduates to say that they felt better prepared for life after college.

So, the question isn’t “why a women’s college.” The question is, “Why wouldn’t you?”

To check out a video that highlights how Saint Mary's women feel about being at a women's college, click here.