I never thought I would attend a same-sex college. In fact, it was something I never even considered until I started to expand upon my college choices. I knew what kind of school I wanted to attend, and I knew what programs I was interested. And ultimately, the school that catered the most to what I wanted for four years turned out to be an all women’s university. With only 2 percent of women enrolling in women’s colleges, I constantly question why women are afraid to apply or even consider looking into same-sex schools. Especially when statistics show women’s colleges as being incredibly beneficial to women and their futures. For example, in 2004 a study found that women who attend same-sex schools in college are more likely to engage better in the classroom, score better in classes than they would at co-ed institutions, and they are more likely to get professional degrees, attend graduate school, and hold higher ranked positions in their careers.
Women’s colleges aren’t for every college girl. If you’re looking for a big campus experience, the close-knit women’s colleges bond probably isn’t for you. Similarly, if you are looking for college sports to dominate – this isn’t the place for you. On average, women’s colleges have small populations and although they are diverse (just like large, public universities), the same-sex feel can sometimes be isolating from a very co-ed (and often male dominated) world.
However, I think it’s interesting how women’s colleges are frowned upon while Greek life that promotes same-sex congregations (fraternities and sororities) is still incredibly popular. Perhaps this can be explained by one of the biggest misconceptions of being a women’s college student – you never see the opposite sex. This, in fact, is completely false. If you wanted to find men, other co-ed colleges were never too far. And if you are afraid that saying you go to school with all women will make you stand out – it won’t. In fact, it will intrigue people to talk to you.
Looking back on my all-women’s college experience, I feel like I was able to excel in the classroom without having to compete for attention with men. While this was a bonus on most days, I will admit that sometimes I would crave a different perspective than that of my fellow classmates. But I never felt like I was missing out on some major college experience by having my class filled with girls of all kinds, instead of boys and girls.
Unfortunately, same sex education institutions don’t always have the staying power. Despite these colleges and universities having rich histories, the support often wanes because of more popular colleges. While same-sex schools were once the norm, its power of gender-unison is fleeting – and it shouldn’t be.
So, if you are looking for a unique type of college experience or interested in transferring to something a little different, maybe a women’s college is just what you’re looking for.
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