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Check out the most affordable women's colleges in the U.S. To be included on this list, a college must demonstrate a positive return on educational investment, meaning alumni earn more than they would earn if they did not go to school. Cost data is taken from College scorecard, and is based on the median earnings of all students who received at least $1 in federal aid. 


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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Women's Colleges

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $9,617

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $49,724

Vs. state average: + $4,777

Economic score: 1.69

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#15 in Women's Colleges

Wesleyan College

Macon, Georgia

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $11,358

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $38,065

Vs. state average: - $3,828

Economic score: 4.17

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#17 in Women's Colleges

Converse College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $12,685

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $38,109

Vs. state average: - $6,176

Economic score: 4.69

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#8 in Women's Colleges

College of Saint Mary

Omaha, Nebraska

Admission rate: 50%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $14,325

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $48,273

Vs. state average: - $3,562

Economic score: 3.01

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#13 in Women's Colleges

Alverno College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $15,491

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $47,595

Vs. state average: - $4,480

Economic score: 3.77

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#28 in Women's Colleges

Judson College

Marion, Alabama

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 45%

Net cost: $16,827

Payback: 11.3 Years

Earnings: $29,569

Vs. state average: - $13,794

Economic score: 16.63

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#18 in Women's Colleges

Salem College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $18,010

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $41,578

Vs. state average: - $493

Economic score: 4.75

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#10 in Women's Colleges

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $19,078

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $52,603

Vs. state average: - $2,673

Economic score: 3.42

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#12 in Women's Colleges

Agnes Scott College

Decatur, Georgia

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 69%

Net cost: $20,503

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $48,175

Vs. state average: + $6,282

Economic score: 3.58

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#25 in Women's Colleges

Hollins University

Roanoke, Virginia

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $20,603

Payback: 7.7 Years

Earnings: $35,969

Vs. state average: - $7,015

Economic score: 9.22

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#14 in Women's Colleges

Cedar Crest College

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $21,520

Payback: 4.0 Years

Earnings: $52,679

Vs. state average: - $899

Economic score: 4.11

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#4 in Women's Colleges

Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Admission rate: 21%

Grad rate: 93%

Net cost: $22,087

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $66,531

Vs. state average: - $1,227

Economic score: 2.36

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#5 in Women's Colleges

Mills College

Oakland, California

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $22,202

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $58,594

Vs. state average: + $7,915

Economic score: 2.37

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#27 in Women's Colleges

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $22,211

Payback: 6.9 Years

Earnings: $43,797

Vs. state average: - $23,961

Economic score: 10.66

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#26 in Women's Colleges

Stephens College

Columbia, Missouri

Admission rate: 65%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $22,337

Payback: 8.4 Years

Earnings: $38,034

Vs. state average: - $9,286

Economic score: 10.48

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#20 in Women's Colleges

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Baltimore, Maryland

Admission rate: 63%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $22,930

Payback: 4.7 Years

Earnings: $50,974

Vs. state average: - $3,378

Economic score: 5.05

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#16 in Women's Colleges

Meredith College

Raleigh, North Carolina

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $23,683

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $43,646

Vs. state average: + $1,575

Economic score: 4.39

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#6 in Women's Colleges

Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, Indiana

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $24,247

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $56,655

Vs. state average: + $11,010

Economic score: 2.58

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#19 in Women's Colleges

Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, Virginia

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 49%

Net cost: $25,039

Payback: 5.5 Years

Earnings: $48,425

Vs. state average: + $5,441

Economic score: 4.84

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#11 in Women's Colleges

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, Minnesota

Admission rate: 85%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $25,785

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $56,367

Vs. state average: + $1,091

Economic score: 3.49

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