Agnes Scott College

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141 E. College Avenue

Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: (404) 471-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
May 1
application deadline

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#89 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Agnes Scott College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 885, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Agnes Scott College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 89. Its tuition and fees are $34,788 (2013-14).

Located in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, Georgia, Agnes Scott College is a private liberal arts college for women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, the college is open to students of all faiths and beliefs. Students admitted to the school have the choice of joining more than 50 student-led organizations. With fewer than 1,000 students, Agnes Scott College promotes unity through a ceremony known as Black Cat. This ceremony marks the end of orientation and officially welcomes the new class to the community.

Freshmen admitted to the college are required to live in a dormitory assigned by the school but can select their roommate through an online matching service. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors participate in a housing lottery during spring semester. All students are expected to live on campus, but students can request an exemption. Agnes Scott College is a member of the Great South Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III and fields six varsity programs. Its teams are known as the Scotties.

Agnes Scott College prides itself on its sustainable practices and offers composting in its dining areas and at some events. The college offers a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program designed for non-science majors who want to pursue medical school but have no previous training in the sciences. This 12-month program is the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia. Students looking to experience the night life or overall city life of Atlanta are only six miles from the center of downtown. Notable alumni of the college include Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Sugarland; Ila Burdette, Georgia’s first female Rhodes Scholar; and Katherine Krill, president and CEO of women’s clothing retailer Ann Inc.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location, offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts college presents its curriculum with international context. Study abroad is encouraged by offering faculty-led travel tied to classroom study to broaden understanding of cultural values and contrasts. A strong record of student achievement is found in the numbers of Agnes Scott students who earn prestigious scholarships and fellowships including Fulbright grants, Rhodes Scholarships, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. An array of experiential learning opportunities also encourages students to apply learning to career development. By challenging its students to demonstrate leadership in their education and serve their communities at home and abroad, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World for Women.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $240,857,513


When applying to Agnes Scott College, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. The application fee at Agnes Scott College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.0%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Agnes Scott College is 11:1, and the school has 63.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Agnes Scott College include: Social Sciences; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 22%
Psychology 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Student Life

Agnes Scott College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 885, with a gender distribution of 0.9 percent male students and 99.1 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus. Agnes Scott College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 885
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Agnes Scott College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Agnes Scott College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Agnes Scott College, 51 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Agnes Scott College.

Students who have cars on campus 51%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Agnes Scott College, 78 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,645.

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Tuition and fees $34,788 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,535 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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