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Agnes Scott College

Decatur, Georgia

Imagine. Explore. Live. Believe.

Located in metropolitan Atlanta, Agnes Scott College offers the comfort of a small town with the conveniences of a modern city. The combination of beautiful Collegiate Gothic architecture and modern renovations on the 100-acre campus makes Agnes Scott the perfect place to live and study.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
902 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
1% male — 99% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
88 full-time faculty
43 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

82% of students live on campus.

School Location

Decatur, Georgia—Agnes Scott College is located in a national historic district and residential community just six miles from Atlanta.

Retention Fall 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

68% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 33%
White 33%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%

Activity/Club/Organization Types

Nearly 70 student-led organizations: academic, club sports, social change, political, honor societies, performing arts, student publications (literary magazine/biweekly newspaper/yearbook), student life programming/entertainment, student government, language and culture, religious, community service, leadership workshops and retreats.

Other Information

Agnes Scott College is a highly selective, independent national liberal arts college for women. Founded in 1889, the college is a diverse and growing residential community of scholars whose curriculum encourages women to become fluent across disciplines, across continents and across centuries. Agnes Scott has one of the largest endowments per student of any college or university in the United States.

Academic Programs

Agnes Scott awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in 30 majors and 25 minors including Art-Art History, Art-Studio Art, Astrophysics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilization, Classical Languages & Literatures, Economics, Economics & Business, English, English Literature-Creative Writing, French, German Studies, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Mathematics-Economics, Mathematics-Physics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Religious Studies (religion and social justice), Sociology & Anthropology, Spanish, Theatre and Women’s Studies. Education students receive teaching certification while majoring in another discipline. The College also offers Pre-Law, Pre-Medical and Business Prep programs.

More Distinctions

  • Agnes Scott is among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the South (U.S. News & World Report 2007)

  • ASC is # 28 as a “Great School, Great Prices” (U.S. News & World Report 2007).

  • Agnes Scott has one of the oldest and most respected student-governed honor systems in the country.

  • Agnes Scott is in the top 6 percent of 1,325 baccalaureate-degree granting institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. (Baccalaureate Origins, 1994-2003).

  • Agnes Scott alumnae include the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, a 2007 Grammy winner, the CEO of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation, and a 2007 Oscar winner.

Enthusiastic Women with a Commitment to Educational Excellence

Agnes Scott students appreciate not only the value of education in the traditional setting, but also the vast opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Their dedication to pursuing knowledge in all forms is evidenced by the extensive options for experiential learning…

Study Abroad

Agnes Scott offers several different opportunities to study abroad. In addition to independent study abroad options in more than thirty countries, students may opt to participate in the faculty-led Global Awareness Program. This program allows students to focus on one non-Western European country. The program includes two successive courses with a three week international travel and study portion. Students examine the region through a variety of lenses, including language, culture, geography, history, politics, and economics. About 40 percent of Agnes Scott students study internationally, compared to a national average of only 7 percent.

The Global Connections Program integrates an international study and travel component with a traditional academic course. Recent programs have included travel to Ireland, Gambia, Cuba, and the Czech Republic.

The Center for Writing and Speaking

The Center for Writing and Speaking offers opportunities for students to enhance their writing and speaking skills. Individual peer tutors guide students by collaborating on ideas, offering course-specific assistance, and encouraging the intellectual progress of each individual.

First Year Seminars

The first-year seminars engage students through intensive small-group study on a particular topic. The small class size fosters group discussion and a sense of community.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning opportunities include options for internships in an array of businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Students may also participate in the Atlanta semester, which focuses on women, leadership, and social change. The Hubert Scholars Program enables students to intern for humanitarian services at home or abroad.

The Agnes Scott faculty appreciates the benefits of an environment of cooperative learning…

Instructors with a Passion for Individual Attention

All tenure-track faculty have a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Faculty members make themselves readily available to students. Collaborative learning, including opportunities for faculty-student research, is the norm. Students present their work at regional and national conferences and at Agnes Scott’s Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC).

A wide array of events, sports teams, clubs and organizations guarantees that there’s never a lack of choices for activity at Agnes Scott. Because of its close proximity to Atlanta, the cultural, recreational, and intellectual possibilities are endless…Decatur, a vibrant community of about twenty thousand, provides students with a comfortable home, while nearby Atlanta offers all the conveniences and advantages of a major metropolitan area.

History and Community

Founded in 1889 as the Decatur Female Seminary, Agnes Scott College adopted its present name in 1906 and remains affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Agnes Scott College is located on a one-hundred-acre campus in Decatur, Georgia, that combines traditional Gothic architecture and modern renovations. The college recently completed a one hundred and twenty-million dollar renovation and expansion project that included the state-of the-art Bullock Science Center. Agnes Scott’s location in the town of Decatur, a vibrant community of about twenty thousand, provides students with a comfortable home, while nearby Atlanta offers the combination of conveniences and advantages of a major metropolitan area.

Campus Involvement

The school’s student-governed honor system dates back to 1906 and promotes a high level of integrity and ethics on campus. One hundred clubs and organizations provide students with a diverse range of activities. In addition, the college hosts formals, band parties, concerts, and films, as well as lectures on classical and contemporary issues.


All traditional-aged students not commuting from their permanent residences are required to live in campus housing. In addition to traditional residence halls, upper-level women have the option to live in a more independent setting—the Avery Glen apartment complex. Additionally, three restored Victorian homes adjacent to the campus serve as theme houses, each of which focus on a particular language or discipline. Recent theme-housing options have included a Spanish language house, an environmental studies house, and an international house.


Agnes Scott College boasts several distinctive campus traditions. Every year, graduating seniors ring the bell in the Main Tower when they have secured a job or a placement in graduate school. For nearly one hundred years, October’s Black Cat has marked the unofficial end of new student orientation. The celebration includes a weeklong spirit competition, a bonfire, and a formal dance.

A Proven Track Record of Achievement and Accomplishment

Agnes Scott women graduate with the skills necessary to face any challenge. Through careful career counseling and planning, each student possesses the confidence and knowledge she needs to pursue her career or continue her education…

Career Planning

The career planning office works to fully understand the needs and goals of every student and to help students find employment opportunities. The career resource library and career observation days provide students with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their future. The career assessment and counseling program ensures that the women of Agnes Scott will be able to apply their college experiences in meaningful careers. 

Graduates of Agnes Scott College succeed in finding employment or gaining entrance to graduate schools. Agnes Scott is ranked the top 6 percent of 1,325 baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a PhD.

Notable Alumni

Distinguished Agnes Scott alumni include Jean Toal, chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court; Kay Krill, president and CEO of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation; and Amy Kim, with her team, winner of a 2007 Academy Award for best live action short film.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,461 Total Applicants 
902 Total Admissions 
272 Total Freshman Enrollment

61.74% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $36,996
Fees $240
Total $37,236
Room and Board (on campus) $11,150
Room Only $5,310
Board Only $5,840
Estimated Total On Campus $48,386


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
61% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$27,310 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,086 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates