As women's college graduates, Scotties are more likely to earn a Ph.D. than students at 94% of baccalaureate-degree granting institutions.
77% of Scotties in the class of 2017 participated in an internship before graduation.
93% of Scotties who apply are accepted into graduate school (five-year average).
68% of the class of 2017 undertook faculty-mentored research.
I learned this from Agnes Scott: When you see something that looks interesting, go for it. Learn about it. Take as much as you can from that direction, but don't get stuck there.
Meet some outstanding alumnae
JOELLE ATERE-ROBERTS ’14
While at Agnes Scott, Atere-Roberts discovered her passion in her STEM classes, and she also found joy in her enriching humanities and social science coursework. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, which she earned upon graduating from the College in 2014. Through her diverse learning experience, she discovered the field of public health, which was the perfect opportunity to use research to explore the social aspects of public health. “The liberal arts experience at Agnes Scott completely shaped my understanding of intersectionality of public health. I fell in love with the idea of tackling health issues through different social avenues using the lens of women’s studies, sociology, and psychology, while also applying my background in physical science and math. I could not have had that experience anywhere but Agnes Scott.” After graduating, Atere-Roberts pursued her Master’s in Public Health at Georgia State University, and she is currently in a fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducting research on racial and ethnic health disparities in cancer.
Sarah Scoles ’07
Inspired by a childhood immersed in books both scientific and fictional, Sarah Scoles decided to pursue a major in astrophysics at Agnes Scott, graduating in 2007. While her love for astronomy never waned, a creative writing course Scoles took during her junior year introduced her to a new passion: writing. This lead her to earn an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Cornell University, after which she went on to become a public education specialist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and eventually, the associate editor of Astronomy Magazine. In a continued exercise of her passion for writing, Scoles published, Making Contact, a book about Jill Tarter, the scientist on whom the main character in the Carl Sagan book (and eventual film) Contact is based, and the science of SETI—The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Scoles is also a regular contributor to WIRED Science, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other notable publications.
JENNIFER NETTLES ’97
Jennifer Nettles graduated in 1997 from Agnes Scott with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, but she always dreamed of being a musician, a dream she realized when she became the lead singer of Sugarland. While at Agnes Scott, Nettles teamed up with Cory Jones to form the group Soul Miner's Daughter, and the duo released two albums. Her big breakthrough, however, came as a member of Sugarland when the group was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 2006. While the nomination did not result in a win, her Grammy was yet to come. Sugarland went on to win Grammys in 2009 for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and Nettles herself received a Grammy for the song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” a duet with Bon Jovi. Nettles’s creative work has expanded with her recent move into television where she portrayed Dolly Parton’s mother in the television movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.