Why a Women's College?

You are a woman who loves to be challenged, has a commitment to academics, wants to have a purpose in life and has a desire to make a difference in the world — for those reasons you deserve a women's college. You deserve an education that meets your needs and matches your ambitions.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the oldest, premier Catholic liberal arts college for women in the United States, founded in 1840 -- eight years before the first women's rights convention. Before women fought for equal pay, before women secured the right to vote, before the women’s rights movement even began, there was Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Although much has changed for women since 1840, SMWC remains dedicated to the education of women, empowering them to emerge as strong leaders prepared for life’s opportunities. By choosing a women’s college, you have the opportunity to participate more fully in and out of class, pursue more leadership positions, develop higher levels of self-esteem and achieve more success in your future career. By choosing Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will Aspire Higher.

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Did You Know?

In the annual National Survey of Student Engagement report, far more students at women's colleges report with greater frequency that their colleges helped them learn more about themselves, hone their quantitative analysis skills, and develop a desire to help their communities.

Studies have found that by attending women's colleges, women ...

Source: Women's College Coalition