All Your Questions. Answered.
What is Agnes Scott's alumnae participation rate?
Our alumnae giving rate has recently reached 46 percent, tying the college’s all-time record and placing Agnes Scott’s giving rate among the top 20 in the country. In addition, an impressive 32 percent of young alumnae (those who have graduated within the past 10 years) made a gift to the college. Not only does this participation rate speak to the loyalty graduates feel for Agnes Scott, but it also enhances our rankings, making us more attractive to new students.
I want to make an endowed or expendable gift in support of one of your campaign priorities. Do I still need to give to The Fund for Agnes Scott?
Absolutely! Gifts to the Fund for Agnes Scott, our annual fund, go toward meeting our immediate operating needs and support vital student services that aren’t fully covered by tuition. We need those who make special gifts to campaign priorities to continue to support The Fund for Agnes Scott as well. Remember, all contributions to the college count toward our campaign goal.
What is the current cost of tuition, room and board?
The total yearly cost of attending Agnes Scott is $42,345.* In spite of the rising cost of providing the premier educational experiences our prospective students expect, we have increased tuition only modestly (less than 3 percent per year) for the past several years. Yet it costs the college nearly twice the amount we charge for tuition to provide an Agnes Scott education. This gap makes private donor support all the more critical to our continued success.
What will $100 million achieve?
The Greatness Before Us campaign will help raise Agnes Scott’s national and international profile as a premier liberal arts college for women. It will support many of the initiatives outlined in Engaging a Wider World, Agnes Scott’s strategic plan for 2014, which was developed under President Kiss’ leadership. And it will build on the momentum of the historic Bold Aspirations campaign completed under the leadership of President Mary Brown Bullock ’66.
Most important, this campaign will enhance the educational opportunities available to the gifted young women who come to Agnes Scott and will support the work of professors across the curriculum, inspired and dedicated teacher-scholars whose commitment to student learning and success mirrors that of such iconic faculty as Professors Pepperdene, Frierson, Sims, Carden and Chang.
Given its large endowment, why does Agnes Scott need to raise more money?
Agnes Scott’s endowment is worth $258 million** today, which is healthy for a college of our size and ranks us among the top 60 nationally. However, our endowment per student is half that of some of our peer and aspirant institutions. For us to continue to recruit and retain high-quality students and faculty, provide a 21st-century liberal arts education, support students with financial aid, and offer innovative programs, we must ensure our endowment’s growth through fundraising and as sound investing.
These are challenging times for liberal arts colleges. Does Agnes Scott have a sustainable business model?
The Roadmap to 2020, Agnes Scott’s strategic financial plan, establishes specific financial principles and goals to ensure that the college remains financially strong and well positioned to serve its core mission. The Roadmap includes benchmarks for increasing enrollment and retention, improving facilities, reducing and controlling expenses, and paying down debt. It also includes a timetable for lowering the college’s endowment spend rate so we can continue to build the endowment and preserve intergenerational equity.
Is a single-sex institution such as Agnes Scott viable for the 21st century?
Absolutely. Agnes Scott has broken enrollment records several times in recent years and is attracting students from around the world. Moreover, new research clearly demonstrates the continued value of women’s colleges. Alumnae of single-sex schools earn more graduate degrees and develop more self-confidence and leadership skills than their peers do. Agnes Scott regularly outperforms much larger institutions in the production of Ph.D.'s and CEOs and in the number of fellowships awarded to our graduates.