The Best Colleges | Women’s Choice Award

Why Choose a University Recognized by the Women’s Choice Award?

Finding the best college, whether you are a student or a parent eager to help, can be a stressful experience. The Women’s Choice Award can help you narrow your options and decide on the best school because we award colleges and universities based on what matters most to you, not what other rating systems researchers deem important. In order to determine what is important for you when choosing a college, the Women’s Choice Award surveyed over a thousand women, from college age and graduates, to identify the criteria that women value and prioritize when selecting where to go. Our 2019-2020 College Rankings look at 5 different criteria: reputation, student to facility ratios, depth of education, campus safety and 4-year graduation rates. Points are assigned to each of these measures based on what matters to female applicants and then ranks every college and university, with the top schools earning the most points. So in short we do the homework for you!

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This category focuses on the number of female admission and female enrollment rates, as well as the out-of-state enrollments.


This category determines the overall graduation rate for a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college.


This category reviews the types of degrees offered at the college. Depth of education is primarily a function of post-graduate to undergraduate ratio and levels of degrees granted.


valuating an institution’s safety record and policies are important considerations for college-bound women. University crime data for the number of murders, rape, fondling, assault and robbery occurrences are evaluated.


This category reviews the number of the student-to-facility ratio for institutions with traditional academic year calendar systems and is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. This ratio is defined as the total full-time equivalent students not in a graduate or professional program divided by the full-time equivalent instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs.