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Why a Women's College?

Learn about the special benefits a women’s college has to offer

Why a Women’s College?

Here Are Five Good Reasons Why...

Thinking of attending a women’s college? Here are the top five reasons why you should take advantage of all the special benefits a women’s college has to offer.

  1. Women’s colleges are known for providing an educational environment that both nurtures and challenges women to be their best.

    Mount Saint Mary’s University is dedicated to helping students develop their talents, no matter what their area of academic interest—be it science or math, sociology or music, or any other of the college’s more than 25 majors.

  2. Traditionally, graduates of a women’s college are twice as likely as female graduates of coeducational colleges and universities to

    • earn a PhD
    • attend medical school
    • attain higher positions in their careers
    • earn higher incomes
    • be more involved in philanthropic activity 

    A full 59 percent of baccalaureate graduates from Mount Saint Mary’s University go on to earn advanced degrees.

  3. Studies show that graduates of women’s colleges have more self confidence and are higher achieving.

    Mount students are known for presenting at science conferences, earning national teaching grants, and participating in the annual Public Leadership Education Network’s (PLEN) Women and Congress Seminar in Washington, D.C.

  4. Women’s colleges are known for providing students with strong female role models among the faculty, staff, and administrators and encouraging young women to network with their peers.

    Women make up 80 percent of the Mount faculty, a majority of the President’s Cabinet, and a full half of the Board of Trustees.

  5. Students who attend women’s colleges report a higher degree of satisfaction with their college experience and with their interactions with faculty.

    In the classroom, in clubs, and in every other aspect of campus life, women are front and center at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Quotes from our Alumnae

"I learned that leadership is supporting others, taking responsibility, being reliable and acting as a role model to inspire others to lead. There’s no shortage of leadership opportunities at the Mount, where students learn to be brave, bold, and to lead."

- Melanie Sava ’17, B.A. Political Science and Global Politics (currently attending Yale Law)

"I chose a women’s college because I felt that it would not only be a place where I could feel safe but empowered to create my own path. As a student I found my voice and connected with like-minded women that would support me and walk with me on my journey towards social equity!"

- Karla Gonzalez ’14, B.A. Psychology & Spanish, M.S. Social Work (UCLA)

"Leaving high school, I found that I was truly lacking in positive and healthy female relationships. I had always wanted a sisterhood. Leaving high school, I also felt like I had never truly excelled academically. Not because I was not smart, but because I wasn’t empowered by the people who educated me. When I looked into it, I saw so much magic in women’s college: the dynamic between women who bond so deeply, and who want each other to thrive; professors applying the feminist lens to every subject area; encouragement to ask questions and explore ideas. I chose a women’s college because it was everything I was looking for, and more."

- Ileana Vargas ’14, B.A. Sociology, minor GIS

"My professors at the Mount instilled in me that as a woman I need to be unstoppable, not let others diminish my goals, and show with actions that I am capable. They motivated me to continue my journey without fear."

- Eliza Cazares ’15, B.A. Global Politics

"Attending an all-women’s college provided me a fair gender environment in which I was always surrounded by like-minded women; always empowering each other and striving to be leaders. It was in this environment that I became comfortable speaking out and challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone."

-Maribel Contreras ’14, B.S. Gerontology, minor Sociology