At a Glance

Agnes Scott College, founded in 1889, is an independent national liberal arts college for women located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Student Body as of Fall 2018

  • 1040 students
  • Our undergraduate students represent 43 states and territories and 30 countries; about 85 percent of traditional students live on campus.
  • Beginning with the class of 2019, all students participate in a global experience through SUMMIT.  

Agnes Scott’s Honor System is one of the oldest in the country; our student self-government is more than 100 years old. Historically and presently, Agnes Scott students have earned academia’s most prestigious scholarships including the Marshall, Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, the Pickering Fellowship and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Admission and Financial Aid

  • Class of 2022 total enrollment: 324
  • 75 percent of the class of 2022 attended public schools.
  • Mean High School GPA: 3.70
  • Middle 50 percent range of SAT: 1110- 1300
  • Middle 50 percent range of ACT: 24-29
  • Over three-fourths of incoming first-years qualify for and receive need-based financial aid.
  • In fall 2017, the average total institutional aid for all incoming first-years was $26,300. 

Academic Programs

  • Number of full-time faculty: 80
  • Tenure-track faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 98 percent  View our faculty directory
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Average number of students per class: 16
  • 34 undergraduate majors and 31 minors, as well as programs in pre-law and pre-medicine; dual-degree programs in computer science, engineering and nursing
  • Post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine
  • Graduate programs in Writing and Digital Communication

Finances

    • Comprehensive fee for 2018-2019 is $53,690, which includes tuition, room and board and the student activity fee.
    • Agnes Scott's endowment is valued at more than $229 million as of June 30, 2018.

Rankings/Recognition

Agnes Scott College is ranked No. 1 in the country among national liberal arts colleges on the Most Innovative Schools list in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges. Additionally, Agnes Scott is ranked second nationally for Best Undergraduate Teaching, and places No. 51 among national liberal arts colleges.

In 2018, Agnes Scott was awarded STARS GOLD rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 

Athletics

The Scotties have six varsity teams (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball) that play at the NCAA Division III level.

Our President

In 2018, Leocadia "Lee" I. Zak became the ninth president of Agnes Scott College. Zak served as director of the U.S trade and Development Agency (USTDA), a federal agency that advances economic development and U.S commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. Before joining the public sector, she spent 18 years practicing international and domestic project finance law at the Boston firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC. Zak has taught International Project Finance at Georgetown University Law Center and Boston University School of Law. Zak is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She holds a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Learn more about President Zak

Campus

Agnes Scott sits on 100 acres shaded with some of the state’s oldest trees. Our hometown is Decatur, a city that lies six miles from the center of Atlanta. MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit) stops three blocks from campus.

The Collegiate Gothic and Victorian red brick-and-stone buildings have won national awards for design and resulted in Agnes Scott’s recognition for the second most-beautiful campus in the country by The Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges (2006). Our campus consists of 30 buildings and an apartment complex.

Distinguished Alumnae

Marsha Norman ’69x, H’05, won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, "’night, Mother". She has adapted other works for Broadway plays, including the musicals, "The Color Purple" and "The Secret Garden", for which she received a Tony award. Norman is also a faculty member at The Julliard School.

Katherine “Kay” Krill ’77, H’12, has been president and CEO of ANN INC. (parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT) since 2005. A psychology major, Krill joined the company in 1994 and was instrumental in the creation and launch of LOFT, one of the company’s most successful divisions. Krill became executive vice president of the LOFT division in 1996 and was promoted to president of that division in 2001.

Jean Toal ’65 is Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the first and only woman to hold that position. The first woman elected to the Supreme Court in South Carolina, she earlier served 13 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Toal is past president of the Conference of Chief Judges and past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

2007 Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles ’97 was a successful solo musician with folk and country roots before joining the band Sugarland in 2003. The group was nominated for a 2006 Grammy in the Best New Artist category. In 2005, the band won an American Music Award for Favorite New Artist. In 2006, Nettles again made the Billboard Top 100 for a duet with Jon Bon Jovi, the single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” The song won Nettles and Bon Jovi the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration.

Ila Burdette ’81, a mathematics major, was named Georgia’s first woman Rhodes Scholar in 1980. She later earned a master’s degree in English literature from Oxford University and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Burdette is now a practicing architect known for her work designing special-needs environments, such as hospices and homes for the elderly.