Going to an All-Women's College

Making It Count

June 05, 2007

During my senior year of high school, I was very thorough in my college search. There were many important factors for me to consider when choosing a college: location, cost, size and enrollment, professor/student ratio, resources, opportunities to study abroad and athletics, just to name a few. I looked at everything from public universities, to technical schools, to private institutions with religious emphasis. However, of the twenty or so schools that I looked at in-depth, Agnes Scott College was the only single-sex institution I considered. It was also the school I ultimately chose.

Choosing where to go to school was one of the most thought-out and important decisions I would make at this point in my life. I considered attending the University of Georgia at first; however, I knew that I would be easily distracted by the ambiance of a large school. Classes at large institutions such as the U. of Georgia tend to be given in lecture halls that hold a large capacity of students (200-300). For some students, this may sound exciting and challenging. It somewhat attracted me for a span of a few months; however, I ultimately realized that I would not be happy there – it just wasn’t right for me.

One of the questions I hear most about attending a women’s college is: “What about a social life… how can you stand being completely without the male sex for four years?” The answer to that question is not the least bit complicated. Being located in Decatur, Georgia, Agnes Scott is near many co-educational institutions. A “Social Council” on campus plans parties and social gatherings with other institutions in the area specifically for that reason. If one desires a social life, it is there. However, one should always be sure to become involved with both on-campus activities and the gatherings offered by other colleges in the area to take full advantage of the social scene.

Ultimately, where you choose to attend college should be determined by what you are specifically looking for in a given school, rather than its gender demographics. Go and take a look at campuses where you will be afforded the opportunities to sit in on classes, speak with professors, talk with current students, eat in the dining hall, get to know the area in which the school is located, and perhaps even spend the night in a dorm with a student who shares your interests.

When you visit a school, many students will describe to you how it was when they first stepped on campus, and how they knew after only spending a few hours or a day there that that was where they realized they wanted and needed to be. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to go on visits such as these and discover where your place would be in each of these institutions.

Choosing where to attend school is not necessarily an easy decision. You cannot just place all of your acceptance offers on the floor, close your eyes and then randomly pick. More effort must be put into the decision: research must be done and visits must be made! It may seem as though you are wasting an enormous amount of time; however, such an effort or lack thereof will make all of the difference in the outcome of your college experience.

This article originally appeared on Making It Count.

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