Agnes Scott College

Undergraduates: 915
Setting: Very small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $34,548.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $34,548.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 0.459
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1740 / 25 / 3.59
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 01:99
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 67

Agnes Scott College (commonly known as Agnes Scott) is a private liberal arts college in downtown Decatur, Georgia.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Agnes Scott College provides a dynamic liberal arts and sciences curriculum of the highest standards so that students and faculty can realize their full creative and intellectual potential. Agnes Scott College fosters an environment in which women can develop high expectations for themselves as individuals, scholars, professionals and citizens of the world. Agnes Scott College strives to be a just and inclusive community that expects honorable behavior, encourages spiritual inquiry and promotes respectful dialogue across differences.

Agnes Scott is considered the first higher education institution in the state of Georgia to receive regional accreditation. The current president is Elizabeth Kiss, the founding director of Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics. On July 27, 1994, the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the South Candler Street-Agnes Scott College Historic District. The historic district boundaries are EastAgnes Scott College was established in 1889 with a distinctive mission: to educate women for the betterment of their families and the elevation of their region. Today, that mission has evolved into a commitment to educate women from around the world to �think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.� The college was named in honor of Agnes Irvine Scott, a Scots-Irish immigrant who upheld a strong sense of integrity and intellectual curiosity. Her son Col. George Washington Scott was the college�s primary benefactor, and the Rev. Frank Henry Gaines, minister of Decatur Presbyterian Church, was the founding president. Initially named the Decatur Female Seminary in 1889 and renamed the Agnes Scott Institute in 1890, the college was chartered as Agnes Scott College in 1906 and was the first institution of higher education in Georgia to receive regional accreditation. Academic and Moral Leadership Student self-government under an honor code has been a hallmark since 1906. A founding member of many national and regional educational associations, Agnes Scott has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since 1926. Since the early 1920s, the college has ranked in the top 10 percent of American colleges whose graduates complete Ph.D. degrees. Presbyterian Origins Founded in the Presbyterian educational movement that started with Princeton University, Agnes Scott continues to be related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and its Board of Trustees is an independent, self-perpetuating governing body. Diversity with Unity The Agnes Scott student body has expanded to include women who represent the diversity that is the United States and the world and women who are returning to college to complete their degrees. The engagement of the Agnes Scott community in the intellectual, cultural and social issues of its times represents both the proud history and the bright future of the college College Ave., South McDonough St., S. Candler St., East Hill St. and East Davis St. It includes the entire campus, as well as historic homes adjacent to the campus. The campus is also designated by the City of Decatur as a historic district.

Total 91 acres (Suburban), Athletic complex 7 acres, Bradley Observatory and Delafield Planetarium 1.5 acres.


Nathalie Anderson �70, poet and author of Following Fred Astaire Osjha Anderson Domenicone �96, Miss Georgia 1999 Ruth Janet Pirkle Berkeley �22, one of the nation�s first women psychiatrists Margaret Booth (Agnes Scott Institute, d.), educational and cultural mentor for the Montgomery, Alabama area; Inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999 Sammye Burnett Brown �68, the first woman president of the Georgia Association of Psychiatrists Mary Brown Bullock �66, president emerita and only alumna to serve as president of the college Ila Burdette �81, Georgia's first female Rhodes scholar Dorothy Cave �49, prominent New Mexico author and historian Faith Yao Yu Chao �61, founder and director of the Evergreen Educational Foundation, a recent Bill and Melinda Gates foundation award winner Carolyn Crawford Chesnutt �55, served as executive director of the Southeast Consortium of Minorities in Engineering Constance W. Curry �55, civil rights activist and author of the award-winning Silver Rights Ann Crichton �61, served as first woman mayor of Decatur, Georgia and representative of the state of Kentucky�s interests in Great Britain Laura Dorsey �66x, hospital chaplain, author and founder of Gardens for Peace, an international organization which designates gardens as places of meditation and a symbol of peace Susie Goodman Elson �59, served as president of the National Mental Health Association Daphne Faulkner �83, religious and political activist, founder and first president of the Georgia chapter of People of Faith for the ERA Mamie Lee Ratliff Finger �39, president of the foundation that funds Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea, the largest women's university in the world Carolyn Essig Friedrich �22, the first woman elected to represent the upstate in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1966 Margot Gayle �31x, American historic preservationist and author who helped save the Victorian cast-iron architecture in New York City's SoHo district[citation needed] Karen Gearreald �66, Agnes Scott's first blind student, who answered the final question to beat Princeton (see above) and was named Outstanding Alumna for Distinguished Career in 1997 Mary Duckworth Gellerstedt �46, the first woman president of the Atlanta Symphony Board of Directors who was also named Atlanta Volunteer of the Year in 1986 Sophie Haas Gimble �1912, fashion designer and merchandiser at Saks Fifth Avenue who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1947 Elizabeth Riseley Griffin �97, a biology student whose death after contracting the herpes B virus while working with Rhesus macaques at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center led to the creation of a memorial foundation and legislation governing primate research safety in the United States Katherine Harris �79, former Florida Secretary of State and U.S. Representative Rachelle Henderlite �28 (d.), the first woman to be ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Bertha "B" Holt �38 (d.), former North Carolina State Representative and children's rights advocate Amy Kim �97, winner of the 2007 Academy Award for "Best Live Action Short Film" for her work as a producer on West Bank Story Katherine "Kay" Krill �77, CEO of Ann Taylor Michelle Malone �90x, musician Catherine Marshall �36, author of the novel Christy, later made into a TV series and A Man Called Peter Joanna Cook Moore, actress and mother of Tatum O'Neal Jennifer Nettles �97, Lead singer of the AMA and Grammy award winning country music band Sugarland Frances Newman (Agnes Scott Institute, d.), first librarian of Atlanta's Carnegie Library and celebrated feminist novelist, author of The Hard-Boiled Virgin, Dead Lovers are Faithful Lovers, and The Gold-Fish Bowl Marsha Norman �69x, playwright Evangeline Thomas Papageorge �28, the first woman full-time manager at Emory University School of Medicine Jessica Daves Parker 1914, editor in chief of Vogue magazine 1952�1962 Susan Philips �67, the first woman to chair a financial regulatory agency (the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) Carolyn Forman Piel �40, elected in 1986, she is the first female president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Margaret Evans Porter �80, romance novelist Mia Puckett �86, first female, black District Attorney in the state of Alabama, currently state director of human resources Jeanne Addison Roberts �47, served as president of the Shakespeare Society of America in 1986 Louise R�ska-Hardy �72, Phi Beta Kappa, philosopher specializing in philosophy of language and of mind Agnes White Sanford �19x, author of the book The Healing Light Saycon Sengbloh �00x, Broadway star and recording artist Pris Shepperd Taylor �58, served as editor of the Phi Beta Kappa journal Jean H. Toal �65, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court M. Virginia Tuggle �44, the first woman on the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners Leila Ross Wilburn 1904, Architect Priyam Bhargava 2008, Miss India USA 2013


Chief_administrator: Elizabeth Kiss (President)
Fax: 4044716638
Phone: 4044716000
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
Website: www.agnesscott.edu
Financial aid office website: www.agnesscott.edu/admission/undergraduate/financialaid
Net price calculator web address: www.collegecostcalculator.org/agnesscott
Online application website: www.agnesscott.edu/admission/undergraduate/apply
Admission office website: www.agnesscott.edu/admission
Undergraduate application fee: $35.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No