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Throughout the process of compiling my college list, women's colleges have jumped on and off the moving wagon. My parents are against the idea as they want me to have a romantic social life in college (I am introverted, so this would definitely be more difficult at a single-gender school, even those in consortiums). But, then again, women's colleges are excellent "admissions bargains" in regards to academics and several also fit my other criteria.
However, I attended a performing arts middle school with approximately 75:25 f/m ratio; I'm now at the high school upstairs, in the same "consortium." While students do cross-register and interact socially, it does take active effort. If college consortiums are like my current school situation--I've really enjoyed having platonic guy friends and I think the social environment is better for me.
I'm looking mainly at Bryn Mawr and Smith, which are both in consortiums of varying strength. A Haverford alum told me that socially, Haverford guys tend to date Haverford girls (paraphrase) although relationships do exist and thrive across schools. Would this be even more distinct at Smith? What about coed schools like Vassar with lopsided ratios? What would I gain from an all-women's environment as opposed to the majority-women environment that I've experienced? I'm planning to study English and possibly Computer Science (as BA, not BS), but not any "hard sciences," so I'm not concerned about the women-in-science advantage. Is there any academic benefit to women's colleges for a humanities geek?
This topic has been discussed before, I know, but I'd like to find out the benefits of women's colleges OTHER than science and leadership.