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Women's colleges are undergraduate institutions (often liberal arts schools) that are comprised exclusively or almost exclusively of female students. Some women's colleges allow small numbers of men to be admitted into an undergraduate or graduate program. But these schools are almost always entirely female.

An all-women's college may be right for you if:

You want to be more focused on academics and less distracted by guys. At a women's college, you'll be paying less attention to that hottie in chem class and more attention to the professor's lecture. You will be able to focus more on your personal academic goals, homework, study habits, and degree and less on dating.

You are more comfortable expressing yourself amid company of other young women. At a women's college, you won't have to worry about impressing guys. You may feel more willing to express your opinion in class discussions, debates, group projects, speeches, etc. This will help you to gain confidence, override insecurities, and form a better understanding of yourself.

You want to take on non-stereotypical leadership positions. At a women's college, you'll likely have more opportunities to take up leadership roles in activities that are normally considered "male-dominated."

A women's college may not be for you if:

You don't believe single-sex education will prepare you for the real world. At some point in the real world, males and females have to work side by side in the workplace. If you have inhibitions regarding working with men, a women's college might deprive you of the opportunity to work alongside with the opposite gender.

You don't believe single-sex education will prepare you socially. It is important for girls who attend women's colleges to interact with men outside of school. If you don't get enough interaction with the opposite sex, you may have a difficult time understanding them. The less you interact with men, the more trouble you may have when it comes forming friendships and relationships with the opposite gender.

Misconceptions about women's colleges:

Women's colleges are religious, oppressive, and stifling. While there are religious women's colleges, the majority of women's colleges in America are not even affiliated with any religion at all. Many women's schools are at least as, and often more, liberal than other liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Women's colleges are an endless slumber party. Contrary to some misled popular belief, lingerie pillow fights and running around naked are not mainstream occurrences at women's colleges. Most of these schools are serious academic institutions---some of the most serious, academic-devoted institutions in the country. The young women who attend these schools are more focused on their coursework, degrees, and future careers as opposed to living in Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" music video.

Women's college students are angry feminists, lesbians, and man-haters. Most girls who choose a women's college do so because of academic reasons, not because they despise the opposite sex. Women's colleges are great places for young women to receive high quality educations. Lesbianism occurs at all colleges. If you are uncomfortable with lesbianism, you should probably consider a religiously affiliated school.


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Anonymous said…
I will be attending a women's university in the fall and from my experiencing talking to other freshman as well as in my own personal experience choosing a college, I haven't come in contact with many girls who really considered "not being distracted by the opposite sex" as a real reason they chose single-sex education. I'm not saying this doesn't happen, however I believe that this reasoning is sort of also a misconception about women's colleges.

That being said, I've fell in love with this blog and just wanted to offer my input on this subject.

Personally, I chose a single sex education purely for the school that came along with it. The programs were five star, the campus was beautiful and I was really impressed with the faculty and staff. Also, boys are always around and welcome, so it's not like a nunnery or anything. Hope this helped a little to anyone considering a single-sex education. xoxo


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