Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

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Where you’ll reach your personal SUMMIT

Agnes Scott College, as an inclusive women’s college and national liberal arts institution, holds intellectual curiosity as our highest standard. Our goal is to guide our students to be reflective, intelligent, compassionate global citizens, and fearless leaders within your four years of study. Our Scotties (as Agnes Scott students are called) focus on strength, honor, and inclusion as their guiding principles throughout their academic and social lives.

If Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are the fields that call to you, you’ll be in good company at Agnes Scott. Throughout history, Agnes Scott students have taken more advanced math and science courses and moved forward into more advanced degrees than women at co-educational institutions. That carries forward into today, when over one-third of our Scotties come to Agnes Scott intending to major in the STEM field.

Our faculty feature proportionately more women scientists–role models for our ambitious students–and our graduates include extraordinary scientists, physicians and technologists. Our graduates work on environmental issues, study the human genome, focus on AIDS cures, design software, and explore the cosmos. They play a leadership role in health care, in agriculture, in technology, in medical ethics issues, and in public health.

The STEM field
Students interested in STEM have numerous options at Agnes Scott. Bachelors of Science options include programs in Astrophysics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Physics. There are also Bachelor of Arts or minor programs in Economics, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, and Mathematics (with specific concentrations for Economics and Physics).

Agnes Scott also offers dual-degree programs in Computer Science with neighboring Emory University and Engineering with Georgia Tech. These programs allow students to enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts education with small class sizes and Agnes Scott’s SUMMIT experience while also taking part in nationally recognized computer science and engineering programs in the Atlanta area.

The SUMMIT difference
Our SUMMIT experience—which earned the College the designation as the #1 “Most Innovative Liberal Arts College” in the country by U.S. News & World Report—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 and professional success 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 as the #1 First Year Experience in the country for five consecutive 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 career advisors. 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. You’ll take a first semester seminar in how the liberal arts inform good leadership and your own leadership goals, with courses like Cryptology and Crytography: The Making and Breaking of Secret Codes; Nature and Public Health- A Nexus for Leadership Development; Psychoanalysis and the Arts; and Leadership for Introverts. 

In the spring of the first year, you’ll take a course focused on global citizenship and then experience a week-long travel opportunity with that course. Upcoming courses include Environment and Sustainability in Croatia; How Race, Nature, and Medicine Intersect in Cuba; Decolonizing Conservation in Alaska; and Mesoamerican Maritime Culture in a Global Context in Belize. The cost of this travel experience is included in Agnes Scott’s tuition, making it a possibility for all our students. You’ll then have further opportunities to study abroad, with 78% of our students choosing to complete an independent study abroad experience or guided global study tour with an Agnes Scott professor after the first year.

In your sophomore year, you’ll have the opportunity to see leadership in practice through SCALE, the Sophomore Class Atlanta Leadership Experience. This week-long externship allows you to choose a location and project in the Atlanta area to focus your skills and learning. Recent STEM-related SCALE placements include BlackRock; the Center for Disease Control; Morehouse School of Medicine; Semaine Health; Southern Company; The Task Force for Global Health; UPS; and Zoo Atlanta.

Your professional success
To be truly successful in their fields, our Scotties are challenged to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations. 80% of students complete an internship or mentored research project, and many do both. 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).

Post-graduation, our alums 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 96% of our students in graduate school or a job placement a year out from 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.

That is very true for our STEM graduates. Recent employers for STEM graduates include: Birla Carbon, CaraDonna Lab, Rocky Mountain Bio Lab, Georgia Aquarium, National Institutes of Health, and the National Wildlife Federation. Recent graduates have also moved forward to graduate school at Brown University, Duke University, Michigan State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Stanford University.

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For an unprecedented fifth year in a row, Agnes Scott College has been recognized as the nation’s #1 most innovative liberal arts college according to the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings

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#7 Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report

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Agnes Scott College was again named to The Princeton Review’s Best 388 College rankings for 2023


Decatur is a historic city with a small-town feel located just six miles from downtown Atlanta. With a population of about 25,000, Decatur is known as a community of “homes, schools and places of worship." The Agnes Scott campus is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, music venues and the MARTA station (Atlanta’s public transportation system).

Resources for STEM students

Scotties in STEM are able to take advantage of numerous resources to prepare them for success. The Agnes Scott Science Center for Women coordinates programs that support students and faculty in the sciences. That includes staffing the Resource Center for Math and Science, a free peer tutoring service for students in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics that also hosts study groups, workshops and a 24-hour STEM study space. The SCW also helps students find mentored research opportunities, including hosting the STEM Scholars program, a research grant awarded to students early in their undergraduate career to help students build research skills.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Being at Agnes prepared me really well to come into this level of freedom, actually being able to prioritize and set tasks for myself. If I didn't have those habits now I would have no idea what I would be doing with my time. I am so self-driven—Agnes really prepared me well for that.”

    • Sophia Elzie '20
      Classical Languages
  • “The rigor of the dance process and all the classes I took at Agnes Scott prepared me for having a career in the arts,” Patel said. “They challenged me to not be afraid to ask for a better world, to ask the difficult questions. I think I became an activist at Agnes Scott.”

    • Bhumi Patel '12
      Dance/English Literature-Creative Writing
  • “I think if I would’ve gone to a bigger college, I might not have been exposed to some of the things I was exposed to at Agnes. I couldn’t replicate that elsewhere.”

    • Leah Trotman '21
      International Relations
  • “The best part of Agnes Scott is how it emboldens you to try something that you didn’t think that you could achieve in your regular life”

    • Amira Daugherty '19
      Political Science