Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In Praise of Women’s Colleges

Sandra Moore, a women’s college alumna and college adviser, wrote a blog post, “In Praise of Women’s Colleges” having returned from visiting several colleges in the Northampton, MA  area -- Her campus visits included two women’s colleges; her Alma mater (Mount Holyoke College) and Smith College.

Blog Post Highlights Include:

Mount Holyoke and Smith are intellectually demanding and, equally important, treasure-troves of  leadership opportunities, where, for example, the student government president is always a woman. (Fact:  Although females comprise 60% of college students, 80% of student government presidents are male and the vast majority of secretaries are girls.) Attending Mount Holyoke or Smith opens up countless doors to elite graduate schools and professional careers in all fields, including those typically deemed “non-traditional.” Like the remaining five of the prestigious Seven Sisters (i.e., Barnard, Bryn Mawr and Wellesley), they also are known for providing students with a warm and supportive living and learning environment.

Yet, despite their rich histories, gorgeous campuses, state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch teachers, women’s colleges, unfortunately, are often overlooked by the very young women who might gain the most from all that they offer. With the smallish,  self-selecting pool of applicants they attract, women’s colleges are quite accessible, but so many girls instead beat their heads against the wall trying to gain admission to schools with a gazillion applications and where males (by virtue of their shortage in the pool) are often preferred.”

As a former college admissions director, Sandra Moore provides advice to college-bound students and their parents via her consulting practice Next Step College Counseling. Her office is located in Hyde Park, NY. In addition to her college advice blog: College Aid, she also can be found on Facebook.

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