The Women's College Experience

A 2008 study conducted by Hardwick Day—a national higher education consultancy—assessed the long-term impact of the women’s college experience. Alumnae from the classes of 1970 through 1997 at women’s colleges, private liberal arts colleges, and flagship public universities were surveyed about their student experiences. Here are some of the findings:

Frequently Made Presentations in class

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 55%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 43%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 40%

Held a Leadership Role in an Extracurricular Activity

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 65%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 67%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 47%

Learned to Be a Leader

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 48%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 30%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 19% 

Learned to Solve Problems and Make Effective Decisions

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 54%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 38%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 27%

Learned to Think Analytically

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 54%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 48%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 26%

Learned to Write Effectively

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 59%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 44%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 29%

Learned to Speak Effectively

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 44%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 31%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 19%

Developed the Ability to Learn New Skills

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 58%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 43%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 33%

Developed Self-Confidence and Initiative

  • Women's Colleges and Universities - 62%
  • Liberal Arts Colleges - 42%
  • Flagship Public Universities - 41%