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Check out how women's colleges perform according to the highest-earning median students, based on College Scorecard statistics.

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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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#2 in Women's Colleges

Barnard College

New York, New York

Admission rate: 14%

Grad rate: 93%

Net cost: $28,204

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $71,678

Vs. state average: + $15,988

Economic score: 1.87

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#3 in Women's Colleges

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, California

Admission rate: 90%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $29,214

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $68,312

Vs. state average: + $17,633

Economic score: 2.21

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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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#7 in Women's Colleges

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Admission rate: 39%

Grad rate: 87%

Net cost: $31,752

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $65,774

Vs. state average: + $12,196

Economic score: 2.64

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#9 in Women's Colleges

Scripps College

Claremont, California

Admission rate: 36%

Grad rate: 88%

Net cost: $32,709

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $64,911

Vs. state average: + $14,232

Economic score: 3.25

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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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#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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#23 in Women's Colleges

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 89%

Net cost: $28,305

Payback: 5.0 Years

Earnings: $56,419

Vs. state average: - $11,339

Economic score: 5.97

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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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#24 in Women's Colleges

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $30,008

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $56,053

Vs. state average: - $11,705

Economic score: 6.45

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#22 in Women's Colleges

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 84%

Net cost: $27,149

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $52,736

Vs. state average: - $15,022

Economic score: 5.59

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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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#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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#21 in Women's Colleges

Spelman College

Atlanta, Georgia

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 76%

Net cost: $43,843

Payback: 6.4 Years

Earnings: $52,227

Vs. state average: + $10,334

Economic score: 5.10

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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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