Agnes Scott College is a tiny women’s liberal arts college that is “all about creating intelligent, confident, well rounded women.” With just 900 or so students, there is a pervasively “caring and intellectual atmosphere” at a school that students claim is “dedicated to the enrichment of young women’s lives.” “Agnes Scott College is a school that focuses on education and experience for women who have any size plan, big or small, for their lives.”
The “phenomenal” professors at Agnes Scott are “indescribably amazing.” Their passion for the subjects they teach “shines through in everything that they do.” If a student shows that they are trying, but still not grasping the material, then the professors will usually go out of their way to help. “Every professor that I have had has encouraged students to meet them if they have any questions,” says a junior. “You can get to know your professors personally.” Discussion is encouraged, and the classroom is “a place where you can speak your mind and actually be heard by your professors and peers.” “Every day my thought process is challenged and I learn more about myself and how the world functions,” says a history major. Most classes require papers rather than exams, which students find “challenging and more rewarding.”
There are “rich opportunities as a consequence of small size” (such as extra tutoring on writing skills and “great opportunities for networking”), and “students get opportunities that most graduate students exclusively get at other universities.” In addition, the financial aid is “exceptional” and the administration “actually listens to the students and tries to improve” when issues are raised, and “you can complain directly to the person in charge.”
While academics and extracurriculars dominate the week, Scotties let their hair down on weekends. There is “a very modern artsy feel to this city [Decatur] and school,” which is “close enough to Atlanta to enjoy the nightlife, and far enough to enjoy nature.” “Many music groups come to Atlanta when they’re on tour,” and students also go to nearby shops, open mics, and museums, or to parties at other colleges or (occasionally) on campus (“where Emory, Morehouse, and Georgia Tech boys are invited”). “We have friends here of course, but we all go out off campus when wanting to hang out or do something fun,” says a student.
Students universally agree that there needs to be “better dining hall food,” and some say that the Wellness Center is “slightly unorganized” and “isn’t as helpful as it should be.” Luckily, “there are a lot of nice restaurants within the walk.”
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