Many institutions’ histories contain time periods in which they served only male or only female students. As the higher education landscape grew, societal values and needs changed, laws were passed, and colleges desired larger student bodies. Single-sex colleges began to find themselves becoming co-ed. However, a few colleges remained true to their missions of single-sex education. Such institutions provide various benefits for students, including high academic achievement, and particularly for women’s colleges, high self-esteem. MSIs that are also single-sex colleges provide campus environments in which students who seek it not only feel the bond of brotherhood or sisterhood, but often also the empowerment and uplift for students of color. Below is a list of MSIs that also boast of being single-sex institutions.
In 1873, Bennett College had its beginning in the unplastered basement of the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as St. Matthew’s Methodist Church). In 1926, The Women’s Home Missionary Society joined with the Board of Education of the church to make Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., formerly co-educational, a college for women. The college offers women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and lifelong learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society. Women have found Bennett to be the ideal place to foster the continual rhythm of ideas. The goals of the college continue to focus on the intellectual, spiritual and cultural growth of young women who must be prepared for lifelong learning and leadership. Since 1930, more than 5,000 women have graduated from Bennett College. Known as “Bennett Belles,” they continue to be among contributing women of achievement in all walks of life.
Founded in 1854, it is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States. Columbia College is a private, liberal arts, women’s college in Columbia, S.C. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a best value institution, Columbia College provides students with academically challenging programs, experiential learning, and intellectual and professional competencies. Columbia College educates students in the liberal arts tradition. It provides educational opportunities that develop students’ capacities for critical thought and expression, lifelong learning, acceptance of personal responsibility, and commitment to service and social justice. In furtherance of its mission, the college is responsive to the needs of students, the communities to which it belongs, and the greater global society.
In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Theological Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. The school’s primary purpose was to prepare black men for ministry and teaching. Today, Augusta Theological Institute is Morehouse College, which is located on a 66-acre campus in Atlanta and enjoys an international reputation for producing leaders who have influenced national and world history. The mission of Morehouse College is to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service. A private, historically black liberal arts college for men, Morehouse realizes this mission by emphasizing the intellectual and character development of its students. In addition, the college assumes special responsibility for teaching the history and culture of black people. Morehouse students represent more than 40 states and 14 countries. Indeed, Morehouse is a distinguished institution dedicated to producing outstanding men and ethical leaders. It is the only all-male HBCU.
Established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1925, Mount St. Mary’s College is nationally recognized for its academic programs and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. Starting with the inaugural Class of 1929, the Mount has awarded more than 18,000 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The college offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body.
As a Catholic college primarily for women, it is dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. It measures its success by producing graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments and the world. Each year, the college releases a new version of its groundbreaking “Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™” to shine a light on the 19 million women and girls who call California home. The Mount, which is located in Los Angeles, is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the western United States.
Founded in 1881 as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriett E. Giles, and becoming Spelman College in 1924, Spelman is the U.S.’s oldest institution of higher education for black women. Indeed, it is a global leader in the education of women of African descent. Today the student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 countries. Spelman empowers women to engage in the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. It is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of its students. Spelman boasts a 76-percent graduation rate (average over six years) and a strong global alumnae network that provides connections and a helping hand to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.
6.) Trinity Washington University-PBI
Since the class of 1904, Trinity has prepared its students to become leaders of character, passionate intellectuals excited about their future. Always welcoming to people of all faiths, Trinity was founded as a Catholic women’s college in Washington, D.C., by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1897. These nuns believed that women should have the same opportunity to experience the empowerment of higher education, and they did so at a time when many schools accepted only men.
Trinity is a comprehensive institution offering a broad range of educational programs that prepare students across the lifespan for the intellectual, ethical and spiritual dimensions of contemporary work, civic and family life. Trinity’s core mission, values and characteristics emphasize a commitment to the education of women, a foundation for learning in the liberal arts, an integration of liberal learning with professional preparation, and grounding in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.