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College Highlight of the Week – Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College is a private, liberal arts college for women. It was founded in 1889 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church but open to students from all faiths. It is located in Decatur, Georgia, about 6 miles from the center of Atlanta. The college’s mission is “educate women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.” (www.agnesscott.edu). Past students have earned academia’s most prestigious scholarships including the Marshall, Rhodes and Fulbright.

According to the Women’s College Coalition, “graduates of women’s colleges tend to hold higher positions in careers, obtain a larger percentage of advanced degrees, and are generally happier than women who attended coeducational schools.” Students have many leadership opportunities at Agnes Scott, which helps them to build skills to further their future careers and become leaders in their fields.

86 percent of the 904 students live on the 100 acre campus shaded with some of the state’s oldest trees. The Collegiate Gothic and Victorian red brick and stone buildings have won national awards for design and resulted in Agnes Scott’s recognition for the second most beautiful campus in the country by The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges article. Students can become involved outside of the classroom by joining one or more of the 45 student organizations, and participating in or attending Varsity sports events. The Scotties have six Varsity teams: basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Agnes Scott has 34 Undergraduate majors and 31 minors. The student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1 and there are about 18 students per class. Since class sizes are small, “professors will recognize contributions and push students to improve as a thinker, writer and communicator of ideas.” (www.agnesscott.edu). As for academic support, the college offers a Center for Writing and Speaking which is a peer tutoring organization devoted to improving and enhancing students’ writing and speaking skills. The Office of Academic Advising provides support services from time-management and test-taking workshops to disability services. They also have a Resource Center for Math and Science that offers peer tutoring and support in the two areas.

To apply to Agnes Scott College, students need to submit the Common Application and SAT/ACT scores. The deadlines for applying are November 15th, 2013 for Early Action I and February 1, 2014 for Early Action II. There are a few different options when it comes to visiting the campus. Students have the choice of day visits, group tours and overnight visits. For more information or to schedule a tour, click here.

Top 5 Majors: Social Sciences Biological Sciences English Psychology Visual and Performing Arts

Tuition and fees are $33,461.

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