How Well Do the Nation’s Women’s Colleges Succeed in Graduating Their Students?

Nationwide, at large colleges and universities, about 70 percent of all women who enter college graduate within six years from the same institution at which they initially enrolled. At many women’s colleges, students do even better.

At Barnard College in New York City, the graduation rate is 92 percent. At Wellesley College in Massachusetts, 91 percent of students entering in 2013 earned their bachelor’s degree at Wellesley within six years. At Scripps College in Claremont, California, the graduation rate is 90 percent.

Smith College in Massachusetts, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota all have graduation rates higher than 80 percent.

Here are the graduation rates for a large group of women’s colleges in the United States.

Barnard College: 92%
Wellesley College: 91%
Scripps College: 90%
Smith College: 88%
Bryn Mawr College: 84%
Mount Holyoke College: 84%
College of St. Benedict: 82%
St. Mary’s College (IN): 78%
Agnes Scott College: 70%
Mills College: 65%
St. Catherine University: 65%
Ursuline College: 65%
Meredith College: 63%
Hollins University: 60%
Salem College: 59%
Bay Path University: 58%
Cedar Crest College: 50%
Sweet Briar College: 48%

Filed Under: Degree AttainmentsResearch/Study

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  1. Nancy Kirby says:

    Why is Spelman College not included?

    • Editor says:

      The latest figure supplied to the U.S. Department of Education for Spelman College is 75 percent.

      • Dr. Carlos Minor says:

        I think we know why Spelman College (an HBCU) is not included. Plus her graduation rate outpaces 10 of the 18 schools included on this list. As an Atlanta University Center product (of which Spelman is a member) I am insulted.

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