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Agnes Scott College


Agnes Scott College, also known as Agnes Scott, is one of the oldest private colleges in the country that is exclusively open to women. Frank H. Gaines was a Presbyterian minister living in Georgia during the late 19th century who saw an opportunity for a female training academy. He helped open Agnes Scott, then called the Decatur Female Seminary, in 1890. After George Washington Scott donated a large amount of money to the school, it added his mother’s name to its own name. It officially became Agnes Scott College in 1906. Though it grew over the years, it still has a total enrollment of fewer than 1,000 students.

The college has a number of traditions that take place every year. Students receive a class ring during their sophomore year, which they wear as a symbol of their commitment to the college. Prospective students will find that Agnes College gained some recognition over the years as well. The Princeton Review recognized the college for its large dorm rooms, diverse student body, financial aid packages and campus in general. It also appeared at number 67 on a list of the nation’s best liberal arts schools created by U.S. News and World Report. Agnes Scott also received honors because of its town relations, transportation options, small campus size and quality of life.

Agnes Scott College Accreditation Details

As one of the oldest female colleges in the country, Agnes Scott College has a deep commitment to its students. That commitment is evident in the accreditation that the campus has. Agnes Scott sought accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) when that type of accreditation became possible. The SACSS, like many organizations of this type, requires that Agnes Scott renew its accreditation at least once every 10 years. The college successfully passed its renewal every time in the past. Regional accreditation of this type also lets students attending the college apply for financial aid from the government through the FAFSA. Agnes Scott also has a type of program accreditation from the American Chemical Society (ACS), which granted accreditation to its lower level chemistry program.

Agnes Scott College Application Requirements

All high school students applying to Agnes Scott College must use the Common Application when applying. Unlike other schools that offer applications online, Agnes Scott is one of many schools that uses the Common Application. You will need to go to the website of that app, create an account and then select the schools you want to attend. The Common Application lets you submit just one application or dozens. Each school that you select will have a separate application though that asks similar questions. You generally need to know your grade point average, background information relating to your parents and your test scores.

After submitting the application, you will need to send several documents directly to the college. The college requires a supplement form that you download and print before filling out, an evaluation form filled out by one of your teachers and a secondary school report completed by a teacher or counselor. You will also need to submit an official high school transcript, midyear report and two references. The midyear report should show your grades at the moment, while the references will verify that you are a good student. Agnes Scott also requires the submission of your official standardized test scores. You will then need to meet with a counselor working for the college to learn more about the school and to discuss your wishes or goals for the future.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending Agnes Scott College includes more than just the price you pay for your classes. You must also pay for a room and meal plan if you decide to live on campus. Tuition costs alone for new students is around $38,000 a year, but when you factor in all other expenses, including the student activity fee, the price rises to right around $50,000 a year. Transportation costs and the costs of all necessary textbooks and supplies can add around $2,000 to your total costs every year.

Agnes Scott recommends that students complete and submit the FAFSA before March 1 of the year they want to enroll in classes. The school will look at your information, decide on the type and amount of aid you will receive and send you a letter by the end of April. If you submit the FAFSA later in the year, it may take longer for you to get a response and you may not qualify for as much aid. Grants, loans and scholarships are among the more common types of financial aid. Agnes Scott will also notify you if you qualify for work-study programs on campus. These programs let you earn a regular paycheck, which can help you with expenses throughout the year. There are also PLUS loans and other programs available for parents of enrolled students too.

Student Experience

Agnes Scott focuses on giving students the best experiences possible. Black Cat Week is a series of special events that take place around homecoming and get students involved through plays and other special activities. Students also have the chance to vote on whether to change the college’s mascot. The college also encourages students to sound the bell in the bell tower after receiving a job offer near graduation. As the college offers more than 30 majors and more than 30 minors, the bell rings pretty frequently at the end of the year.

The sociology and anthropology program is one of the more popular options. It lets students learn more about history, how environmental factors impact behavior and the role of groups in the modern society. The school also offers dual degree programs that let students earn a degree in computer science, engineering or nursing and a degree in a second field. Agnes Scott offers preparatory programs as well, including programs in medicine and law that help students enroll in professional programs later. There are also a number of fun minors available for students who want to study a unique topic like religion, women’s studies, film studies and art history. Agnes Scott College often lets students use the minor classes they take to fulfill the electives needed for graduation.