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Location
Decatur, GA
Undergrads
869
Tuition
$33,461
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very well versed in their field of teaching and they have a lot of patience. The professors also have good connections if you want a job or internship in the future.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are very helpful and the office hours that they hold are very convinient.The workload is not horrible if you know how to study, and if you don't know how to study the staff is very helpful with developing those skills.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't really got into yet

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are amazing with a degree from Agnes you'll be sure to get a job.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my classes and the professors are phenomenal

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 108th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 130th
    Best Registration Process
  • 206th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 269th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 290th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sofia Barrera
Hometown
Atlanta
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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Agnes prides itself in its rigorous academics that challenge and engage students. With more than 30 undergraduate majors, nearly 30 minors, pre-professional programs, and dual-degree programs, Agnes is taking up the challenge to offer students a wide variety of classes as well as professional options. All of these programs are excellent and provide students with a rich liberal arts education. Class scheduling is fairly simple. Upperclasswomen have priority when it comes to choosing classes. It's an organized system that usually allows people to access the classes they would like to take. Once you get into the classes, the workload at Agnes is intense. There's rarely ever a break between papers and assignments, so it's important to learn how to manage time effectively.

Class sizes are small, so professors learn your name, and you'll receive a more hands-on approach to learning. Smaller class sizes allow students to personally know their peers, as well. The school's academic strength lies in its intelligent and gifted faculty. The professors Agnes hires are nothing but the best, and they exhibit their skills well in the classroom. Professors typically listen well to students and are able to communicate their expectations well. All of the professors are knowledgeable in their areas of study and are privy to share their knowledge through lectures in class as well as out-of-class talks. Professors are very personable. They often say hello to students outside of class and are active on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
73
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
30
Total FT Faculty
73
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,148
Full-Time Retention Rate
82%
Graduation Rate
64%
Programs/Majors Offered
38
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 72%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Creative Writing: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Psychology: 8%
  • Social Sciences, Other: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Agnes is a residential college, so there are no online courses offered. However, students are able to take online courses offered by surrounding colleges for credit if the course isn't offered at Agnes.
Best Places to Study
  • The dorms
  • The Fireplace Lounge
  • Java Monkey
  • The library
  • Technology Production Studio
Tips to Succeed
  • Come with an open mind. Agnes is a college that prides itself in not only its academics, but also its diversity. While you are there, you will meet women of different races, nationalities, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, and opinions. It's important not to limit yourself to those who share your beliefs. By socializing with these different groups of young women, you will begin to grow.
  • Do your homework! In college, there is no one telling you to do your homework or emphasizing the importance of it. You have to do your work in order to learn the material and get a gauge for what will be on tests. Read before class so you can provide additional input in class discussions. Doing things outside of what is required better prepares you for an exceptional academic experience.
  • Don't go it alone! This goes for academically as well as socially. If you're having trouble in a class, there are tons of places around campus that will be willing to help you. If you ask a professor for help or to direct you to a place where you can get help, they will help you. This goes for social situations, as well. There are hotlines, RAs, counselors, deans, and professors who would love to speak with you. It's a matter of seeking help and not waiting for it to come. Ask and you shall receive!
  • Don't overload yourself with too many classes, and don't take too few, either. It's easy to be overzealous with your goals and expectations, but the classes require a lot of time and effort. Overloading yourself will be extremely stressful, while taking too few classes will be frustrating. There is a happy medium.
  • Don't skip class! It's important to come to class in college because you miss so much in one day. Of course, there will be an exception to the rule, but a majority of the time, professors cover an extensive amount of material in a short amount of time. It's important that you have good attendance in order for you to succeed academically.
  • Go to orientation activities! Orientation activities may seem silly and may even be stressful at times, but they help you meet new people. During orientation, you will meet some of your "forever" friends.
  • Join clubs! Use your interests to your advantage. Joining clubs will help you find your niche, and guide you into potential leadership opportunities as well as a place to find longlasting friends.
  • Make time for a social life. It's easy to become wrapped up in academics as well as extracurricular activities, but it is never a good idea to isolate yourself from others or from having a good time. Life outside of college can be a worthwhile, worldly experience.
  • Stay involved on campus! Involvement in clubs and school activities helps to foster a sense of community within yourself as well as within others. Putting yourself out there is the key to making new friends and feeling connected.
Did You Know?
  • Agnes consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of American colleges whose students go on to complete Ph.D. degrees.
  • Agnes offers various centers to help students succeed in their classes. These centers include: Center for Writing & Speaking Center, Center for Teaching & Learning, Educational Technology Center, the Resource Center for Math and Science, and the Science Center for Women.
  • The Office of Academic Advising helps students decide which majors to pursue, which special programs they are eligible to enter into, as well as advanced placement opportunities.
  • Agnes has a post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine.
  • The College became Agnes Scott College in 1906. It was the first higher education institution in Georgia to receive regional accreditation.
  • Use of an honor code and student governance has been prevalent since 1906.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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