Forbes Editors have come out with the 20 Best Colleges in the United States that are doing a fine job of helping women succeed in science, technology, engineering and math. According to the American Council on Education, 57% of all college students are women–but women only represent 45% of college math majors, 20% of computer science majors and 20% of engineering majors. And the majority of the colleges aren’t helping overcome this widening chasm.
“Producing more graduates with STEM degrees is an important goal for any college: The majors with the highest starting and mid-career salaries are nearly all STEM degrees, according to Payscale.com‘s 2010-2011 College Salary Report,” Forbes reported. Women and minorities are historically underrepresented in STEM education and careers. Westminster College ranks first in the nation as the “Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM),” according to rankings released today by Forbes.com.
Forbes contrasted Westminster‘s rural setting in New Wilmington, Pennsylania’s Amish country with its national leadership role in producing exceptional female graduates in the STEM fields.
Here is the Forbes List of the 20 Best Colleges in the US for Women in STEM
|1||Westminster College||New Wilmington, PA|
|2||Colby College||Waterville, ME|
|3||SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||Syracuse, NY|
|4||Harvey Mudd College||Claremont, CA|
|5||Williams College||Williamstown, MA|
|6||Tuskegee University||Tuskegee, AL|
|7||Polytechnic Institute of New York University||Brooklyn, NY|
|8||California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA|
|9||United States Coast Guard Academy||New London, CT|
|10||Colorado School of Mines||Golden, CO|
|11||Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Worcester, MA|
|12||Earlham College||Richmond, IN|
|13||Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||Daytona Beach, FL|
|14||Wofford College||Spartanburg, SC|
|15||St Marys University||San Antonio, TX|
|16||Albion College||Albion, MI|
|17||Colorado College||Colorado Springs, CO|
|18||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA|
|19||St Lawrence University||Canton, NY|
|20||Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken, NJ|
Read the entire article on the methodology used and the insights from the research at Forbes here.