CosmoGIRL! magazine released Sept. 15 their first-ever guide to the 50 Best Colleges for CosmoGIRL!s. The guide, featured in the October 2004 issue, will become an annual franchise for the magazine.
In compiling the list, editors at CosmoGIRL! consulted admissions officers and guidance counselors across the country to determine the kind of environment that gives girls the best chance of success in school and after graduation. The result was a list of six key factors that were then cross-referenced with baseline data from The Princeton Review to determine those schools that best fit the bill.
“Not only is this first college guide designed specifically for girls, but what really makes it unique is that we've identified specific factors that give girls an edge,” said CosmoGIRL!'s Editor-in-Chief, Susan Schulz. “This is no arbitrary list.”
The six key factors — small class size, prominent female faculty members, strong women's sports programs, a career center that facilitates internship opportunities, opportunities to hold leadership positions in clubs and activities and an active alumni network — were all seen by CosmoGIRL!'s panel of experts to provide unique elements essential to success.
Of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the magazine said:
Campus setting: small city
Undergrad enrollment: 1,800
Percent of female students: 56
Average class size: 19
Web site: www.hws.edu
Take note: While all students share the college president, faculty, and all classes, the women officially attend William Smith, the men Hobart. The schools have their own student governments, histories, and traditions.
The listing also noted the Colleges are near a lake, within a two-hour drive of mountains/skiing, and within a 20-minute drive of art museums.
For the purposes of this list, single-sex colleges were not considered, as they are already seen to encompass these elements. What follows below is the list of the 50 Best Colleges for CosmoGIRL!s:*
Albion, College, Albion, Mich.
Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.
Babson College, Babson Park, Mass.
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Bated College, Lewiston, Maine
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
Clark University, Worcester, Mass.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.
Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.
Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
Kenyon College, Gambler, Ohio
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore.
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn.
Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
New College of Florida, Sarasota, Fla.
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Pitzer College, Claremont, Calif.
Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.
Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn.
St. John's College, Santa Fe, N.M. and Annapolis, Md.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Md.
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, Pa.
Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, N.Y.
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
University of Maine, Orono, Maine
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Md.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, Mass.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Mich.
University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mich.
University of Montana, Missoula, Missoula, Mont.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
University of Texas, Austin, Austin, Texas
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, Wis.
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.
Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.
* Please note that schools in the guide are listed in alphabetical order; they were not ranked.
CosmoGIRL! is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of The Hearst Corporation (http://www.hearst.com), one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines, with a total of 19 U.S. titles and 137 international editions. Hearst's magazines are read by more U.S. adult women than any other monthly magazine publisher. The company also publishes 18 magazines in the United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited.