“Agnes Scott is a college you have to see to believe,” according to Colleges That Change Lives. And who are we to argue?
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: 950 students
Student-faculty ratio: 10:1
Diversity: Agnes Scott is an intentionally diverse campus; 58% of Agnes Scott students are students of color, and 12% are international.
First-year travel: Nearly 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 80% of Agnes Scott students gain experience through internships.
Student life: Close to 100 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.
Middle-50% range of rSAT: 1180–1350
Middle-50% range of ACT: 24–30
Mean GPA: 3.8 (3.5 unweighted)
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)
• 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)
• 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 Studies (M, m)
* M = major, m = minor
During four years 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 will choose a major, build leadership skills, and gain global perspectives, all while guided by a custom Board of Advisors.
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; with confident women who never settle; with women who question, confront, and debate.
You’ll study with professors who will help you when you call, push you to the limits, and then challenge you again. Our faculty members garner international attention in their areas of expertise, but their focus is on you, their undergraduate students.
After four years at Agnes Scott, you will never be the same. You will be a better you: more reflective, more intelligent, more cultured, more prepared to lead—you’ll be ready for the world.
If this interests you, read on, future Scottie.
Agnes Scott embraces the liberal arts approach to learning. If you’re the kind of student who enjoys your studio art with a side of chemistry, or who is passionate about medicine and literature, we think you should explore both. As a student, 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.
You’ll also have a chance to put what you learn into practice, either as one of the 71% of Agnes Scott students who complete mentored research or as the almost 80% who complete an internship. You might present at an academic conference, either one in your field or at our Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC). And if our many academic options don’t cover a subject you want, you can cross-register for a class at one of the 20 other colleges and universities in Atlanta—for no additional charge.
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 Award; or starting a mobile bookstore. Interested in graduate school? 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 95% graduate school acceptance rate (including medical and law school) in the Class of 2017, and over half of our recent grads securing a job offer prior to 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.
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.
The SUMMIT experience enhances that power exponentially—and is a unique experience that is only available at Agnes Scott. SUMMIT allows every student to dive into core curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development that integrates course work with experiences in Atlanta and around the world. This ensures that all of our students, regardless of major, are prepared to become a leader in our global society.
Successful leaders are prepared by strong mentors and broad social networks. That’s why all Agnes Scott students work with a team of advisors, including a SUMMIT Advisor, Peer Advisor, Major Advisor, and a Career Mentor. Your personalized Board of Advisors 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 week-long faculty-led global immersion experience to locations like Cuba, Hungary, and Martinique. The cost of this travel experience is included in Agnes Scott’s tuition, making it a possibility for all of our students.
After your first year, you’ll have a choice to make—you can opt to study global issues or leadership more fully. Or you can study both. Or neither. No matter which option you choose, your Board of Advisors will guide you along the way, and you’ll have a portfolio documenting your experiences.
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. But even better than studying among our stunning Gothic architecture, you’ll forge lifelong friendships when you live in close proximity to more than 950 brilliant, diverse women. That’s what Agnes Scott is all about.
Make Atlanta your home
The Agnes Scott campus is located in Decatur, Georgia, an intimate community just six miles from downtown Atlanta. Our students enjoy the 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.