Agnes Scott College Overview

Since 1889, Agnes Scott has inspired students to discover new opportunities, new challenges and new strengths through a liberal arts education in a setting dedicated to women. Our award-winning faculty helps students gain the tools—a well-rounded knowledge of the arts and sciences, critical thinking and leadership skills, and an appreciation of world cultures—that provide a lifetime of success and satisfaction.

Visit Agnes Scott today to discover why we’re one of the top liberal arts colleges and most beautiful campuses in the nation. And see how we’re dedicated to helping our students grow as individuals, scholars, professionals and citizens of the world.

About the college

Agnes Scott College is an independent undergraduate college in the United States. Agnes Scott's campus lies in downtown Decatur, Georgia, nestled inside the perimeter of the bustling metro-Atlanta area.

The college was founded in 1889 as Decatur Female Seminary by a group of Presbyterians under the leadership of their minister, Frank H. Gaines. In 1890, the name was changed to Agnes Scott Institute to honor the mother of the college's primary benefactor, Col. George Washington Scott. The name was changed again to Agnes Scott College in 1906, and remains today a liberal arts college for women.

In 2015, the college launched SUMMIT, a new and innovative approach to liberal arts education which emphasizes leadership and global awareness. Agnes Scott currently enrolls 1040 students. The student to faculty ratio is 10:1 and 100% of the tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees. 

The college offers 34 undergraduate majors and 31 minors and is affiliated with numerous institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University School of Nursing. Students who graduate from Agnes Scott receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The college also offers graduate programs in Applied Technology, Data Analysis and Communication, Data Visualization, Evaluation and Assessment Methods, Social Innovation and Writing and Digital Communication. 

Agnes Scott is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The current mission of the college, adopted in 2002, states: Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.

The College Town of Atlanta

Atlanta is well known for being home to a large number of colleges. While Agnes Scott students enjoy individual attention on our campus, they also have access to cross registration and social events with our affiliate Atlanta and Georgia colleges such as Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State, just to name a few.

Our Alumnae

Agnes Scott students become role models and fearless leaders during their time at college—energetic in their desire to better themselves and their communities. After graduation, their strong liberal arts foundation imparts the broad knowledge, global awareness and adaptability necessary for career success and personal fulfillment.