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They're not academic convents. Instead, they offer an open, empowering atmosphere, leadership training and, yes, co-ed classes.

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My friend, Guy, looked at me like I had told him I’d eaten nails for breakfast. “You’re looking at all girls’ colleges, are you crazy?”

For most of my life I have considered myself a bit of a feminist. What sane girl wouldn’t? It was the feminists who were responsible for women’s suffrage, Title IX and the Equal Pay Act. So when it came time for me to decide what colleges I would apply to, I decided to do what so many girls now a days are forgetting.

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On paper, began Linda Basch, President of the National Council for Research on Women, the numbers look good. Women earn 57% of Bachelor’s degrees, and a larger percentage of Master’s degrees.

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Here’s an essay that’s sure to make an admissions officer reach for the triple grande latte to stay awake:

“I spent [choose one: a summer vacation/a weekend/three hours] volunteering with the poor in [Honduras/ Haiti/ Louisiana] and realized that [I am privileged/I enjoy helping others/people there are happy with so little].”

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Finding the right fit in a college – the college at which you will thrive and reach your academic and personal potential, the college that will best prepare you for success in life – is one of the most important tasks you will undertake.

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As an undergraduate at NYU, I was always curious about the intellectual sisterhood uptown, otherwise known as Barnard College students. The women's-only correlate to Columbia University, like many others of its ilk, has graduated several notable women and boasts a platinum academic track record.

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In her recent piece, Selena Rezvani makes an intriguing observation about the state of women's colleges today. They shouldn't make sense any more, she notes, but they do. They shouldn't be thriving, but they are.

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Psychology professor and author of Inside a Dog comments on language and animal behavior.

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Coaching local talent to be winners on and off the court.

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