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Advantages of a Women's College

Why a women-only college?

Women’s-only colleges make sure women are 100% heard, 100% taken seriously, and 100% empowered, and they surpass co-ed institutions in many aspects of learning and career prep. It’s true! Interviews with hundreds of women grads from women’s colleges, co-ed privates, and public universities by higher ed consultant Hardwick-Day showed that:

  • Graduates of women’s colleges are nearly 2x more likely to benefit from safe campus environments and nearly 2x more likely to complete graduate degrees than public university alumnae.
  • Graduates of women’s colleges were more likely than any other women graduates to develop skills employers seek, be involved, and feel prepared for life after college. 
  • It’s no surprise that graduates of women’s colleges were more likely than any other women graduates to believe their financial investment was worth it. 

Bay Path’s undergraduate programs are not only exclusively focused on women’s education but are devoted to women’s leadership. In the four courses of the University’s We Empower Learners and Leaders (WELL) program, every student discerns her passions and leadership skills, then applies both to a real-world problem through community service. When an interviewer asks, “Can you tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership or creative problem-solving?” every Bay Path graduate will answer with confidence!

Being at an all-women’s school has been very empowering. In science classes we relate to one another about the human body and about being women scientists.” - Concepcion, Biochemistry Major

At first, I was not sure that I would really love being at an all-girls school; however, it has really empowered me and helped me to focus specifically on my schooling.” - Haylie, Medical Science Major


We’re a long way from 19th century beliefs that education is unnecessary for women. Here’s why we still need colleges that prioritize women:

  • Full-time working women average just 80.5% of men’s wages; the gap is even greater for women of color. Researchers attribute a significant portion of this inequity to discrimination and socially constructed gender norms.1 
  • American women lag substantially in leadership positions. Despite being 50.8% of the population, 57% of college grads, and 47% of the labor force, American women represent just 23% of law partners, 16% of medical school deans, 30% of college presidents, 12.5% of Fortune 500 CFOs, 23% of U.S. senators, and 18% of governors.2