As women's college graduates, Scotties are more likely to earn a Ph.D. than students at 94% of baccalaureate-degree granting institutions.
70% of Scotties in the class of 2015 participated in an internship before graduation.
90% of Scotties who apply are accepted into graduate school (five-year average).
70% of the class of 2015 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
Kaitlyn McCune ’12
Kaitlyn McCune graduated from Agnes Scott in 2012 with a major in Public Health-Laboratory Track and a minor in Classical History and Literature. Following graduation, she was admitted into the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where she received a full-ride scholarship from the United States Air Force. While in medical school, her passion for advocacy that began at Agnes Scott grew into a professional ambition as she strove to be an advocate for Women's and LGBTQ health. Upon achieving her MD and being commissioned as a Captain in the USAF, Kaitlyn started her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She firmly believes that Agnes Scott played a significant role in helping her become the person she is today. “Agnes Scott gave me the confidence to take on any challenge I faced. The personalized education I received and leadership skills I gained have given me a leg up both in my professional and personal life.”
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.
TOMEKIA STRICKLAND ’97
Tomekia Strickland had been keeping busy in her effort to help others. After graduating from Agnes Scott in 1997, she lived and worked with peoples of the Navajo Nation for four years, she traveled to Ghana for a summer where she served as an advocate for women's health issues, and all the while publishing her writing in publications such as the Journal of Minority Medical Students and The Huffington Post. But on a day-to-day basis, Strickland works as an obstetrician in Tucson, AZ, specializing in the challenges of high-risk pregnancies and births. She credits Agnes Scott with reinforcing her inner strengths while empowering her to take on difficult challenges. “Agnes Scott helped complete the picture, making me a more compassionate and broader-thinking physician. In health, particularly women's health, you start as a scientist, then become a physician and then realize there's so much more to becoming a doctor—psychology, anthropology, communication. I received all those things at Agnes Scott.”