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Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

Agnes Scott College, founded in 1889, is an independent liberal arts college for women. Its 100-acre campus is located in Decatur, six miles from downtown Atlanta.

School Profiles: Undergrad

Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

“Whether I’m writing my master’s thesis in Ethics or addressing structural causes of income inequality, I know the quality of my Agnes education has prepared me to do well. From my first classes at Agnes, my professors supported my intellectual growth and encouraged me to question, analyze, and think with rigor and humility.”

— Mallika Balakrishnan ’19, Marshall Scholar

AT A GLANCE

QUICK FACTS

History: Founded in 1889, Agnes Scott College is an independent national liberal arts college for women affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Location: Decatur, Georgia, six miles from downtown Atlanta; the campus consists of 24 buildings and an apartment complex on 100 beautifully landscaped acres.

Enrollment: 1,079 total students

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Diversity: Agnes Scott is an intentionally diverse campus; almost 60% of Agnes Scott students are students of color, and 6% are international.

First-year travel: 100% of Agnes Scott students participate in a faculty-led first-year travel experience.

Study abroad: Agnes Scott has partnerships with 123 universities in 35 countries. All Scotties are encouraged to explore the world around them.

Internships: Almost 70% of Agnes Scott students gain experience through internships.

Student life: More than 60 student clubs and organizations make it easy for students to get involved.

Athletics: Six NCAA Division III varsity teams are available: basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. 

Class of 2023 profile:
• Middle 50% range of SAT: 1140–1330
• Middle 50% range of ACT: 24–30
• Mean GPA: 3.75 GPA
• More than 25% of students apply test optional.

Majors and minors*
• Africana Studies (M, m)
• Anthropology/Sociology (M, m)
• Art—Art History (M, m)
• Art—Studio Art (M, m)
• Asian Studies (m)
• Astrophysics (M, m)
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (M)
• Biology (M, m)
• Business Management (M, m)
• Chemistry (M, m)
• Classics (M, m)
• Computer Science Dual Degree (M)
• Dance (M, m)
• Economics (M, m)
• Education (m)
• Engineering Dual Degree (with Georgia Tech) (M)
• English Literature (M, m)
• English Literature—Creative Writing (M)
• Environmental and Sustainability Studies (m)
• Film and Media Studies (m)
• Foundation in Artificial Intelligence (m)
• French (M, m)
• German Studies (M, m)
• History (M, m)
• Human Rights (m)
• International Relations (M)
• Mathematics (M, m)
• Mathematics—Economics (M)
• Mathematics—Physics (M)
• Music (M, m)
• Neuroscience (M)
• Nursing Dual Degree (with Emory University) (M)
• Philosophy (M, m)
• Physics (M, m)
• Political Science (M, m)
• Pre-law
• Pre-medical
• Psychology (M, m)
• Public Health (M, m)
• Religion and Social Justice (M)
• Religious Studies (M, m)
• Sociology/Anthropology (M, m)
• Spanish (M, m)
• Student-Designed Major (M)
• Theatre (M, m)
• Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (M, m)

* M = major, m = minor

As a school featured in Colleges That Change Lives, Agnes Scott College will guide you—just as it did Mallika—down the pathway to becoming a more reflective, intelligent, and compassionate global citizen and a fearlessly confident future leader by the end of your four years of study. 

At Agnes Scott, you’ll grow as a person, discovering your strengths and building confidence. Through SUMMIT, our unique global learning and leadership development curriculum, you’ll receive personalized advising that will guide you to choose a major, build leadership skills, and gain global perspectives.

As a Scottie (as Agnes Scott students are called), you’ll spend four years with brilliant women who won’t suffer fools, stand for injustice, or tolerate prejudice; confident women who never settle; women who question, confront, and debate.

This is a place where curiosity meets exploration. This is where strength, honor, and compassion are melded into leadership and where you’ll be immersed in a culture that puts emphasis on scholarship while encouraging you to advocate for what you believe in. Here, “leading everywhere” is more than just a tagline—it’s a way of life.

If our style of life-changing undergraduate learning experience interests you, read on, future Scottie.

SUMMIT: Our unique curriculum
Our alumnae often refer to their Agnes Scott experience as transformative. That’s the power of a small liberal arts women’s college in a large metropolitan city.

Our SUMMIT curriculum—which earned the College the designation as the #1 “Most Innovative Liberal Arts College” in the country by U.S. News & World Report in both 2019 and 2020—reinvents a liberal arts education for the 21st century and is exclusively available at Agnes Scott. SUMMIT allows every student to dive into a core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development that integrates coursework with experiences in Atlanta and around the world. This ensures all our students, regardless of major, are prepared to become leaders in our global society.

Under SUMMIT, the College has been recognized in the top five among national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching for the last two years. Here, you’ll read and learn as widely as possible and then discuss and debate new ideas, guided by professors who will expect a lot and push you to be your best.

In addition, successful leaders are prepared by strong mentors and broad social networks. That’s why all Agnes Scott students receive customized advising from day one, including peer advising, major advising, and close work with a SUMMIT Advisor and a Career Ally. Your personalized advising experience will help you adjust to college and design an educational plan that will prepare you for postgraduate success.

Your first year will include foundational courses in global learning and leadership development in addition to an immersive leadership retreat during orientation. In the spring, you’ll also go on a weeklong, faculty-led global immersion experience to a location like Northern Ireland, France, Ghana, Iceland, New York City, Peru, or Martinique. The cost of this travel experience is included in Agnes Scott’s tuition, making it a possibility for all our students.

Our campus life
While on campus, our students enjoy a vibrant living-learning community within our 100-acre tree-filled campus. The beauty of our campus is so notable that more than 30 movies and television shows have been filmed at Agnes Scott. Even better than studying while surrounded by our stunning Gothic architecture, through your involvement in our time-honored campus traditions and student organizations, you’ll forge lifelong friendships while living in close proximity to a little over 1,000 brilliant, diverse women.  

The SUMMIT advantage
To be truly successful in their fields, our Scotties are challenged to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations. More than 60% of Agnes Scott students complete mentored research, and almost 70% complete at least one internship. You’ll find opportunities to polish your writing, research, and speaking skills by presenting at academic conferences, either one in your field or at our Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC). You’ll gain further appreciation of world cultures by participating in a summer faculty-led global study tour abroad.

Post-graduation, our alumnae follow their passions all the way to the top, whether that means summiting the highest peaks on each of the seven continents; leading a Fortune 500 company; serving as a chief justice; winning a Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, Grammy, or Tony; or starting a mobile bookstore. Since the 1920s, Agnes Scott has been in the top 6% of American colleges whose graduates go on to earn PhDs or a terminal degree in their field. With a 100% graduate school acceptance rate (including medical and law school) in the Class of 2018 one year after graduation and with over 90% securing a job offer one year after graduation, our graduates are ready to take on the world as soon as they walk across the stage. There is no limit to what an Agnes Scott graduate can accomplish.

Make Atlanta your home
The Agnes Scott campus is located in Decatur, Georgia, an intimate community that’s just six miles from downtown Atlanta. Our students enjoy Decatur Square, just a short walk from campus and filled with great restaurants, local shops, concerts, and a MARTA station (Atlanta’s public transportation system). A short train or car ride away, Atlanta offers so much to Scotties, from internships and concerts to shopping, cultural attractions, and the world’s busiest airport. With 16 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Atlanta area (including four Global 500s) and an airport that offers direct flights to 150 US cities and more than 50 countries, the world is easily within your reach.

If you’ve read this far, why not plan a campus visit? We’d love to meet you, and you deserve a chance to see campus for yourself! Schedule your campus tour or an overnight visit today at agnesscott.edu/visit. Can’t make it to campus? Take our virtual campus tour instead at agnesscott.edu/virtualtour.

“This is a place where you can express yourself; find validation and reassurance. The support I’ve found through my friends, my advisors, and my professors has helped establish my role as a leader. They believed in me, and I believe in myself now.”

— Sigal Kahn ’20