Best Women's College

Women's colleges in the United States are single-sex U.S. institutions of higher education that exclude or limit males from admission. They are often liberal arts colleges.

Currently, the United States has sixty women's colleges in twenty-four states. Massachusetts leads the country, with eight colleges for women within its borders. Pennsylvania comes in second with seven woman's colleges.

Top Ten: Best Of The All-Women's Colleges by Forbes

Barnard College

Attracts sophisticated, driven women to its New York City campus. Affiliation with Columbia University allows students to broaden their already-challenging academic life still further--and study with men.

Bryn Mawr College

Academically focused students excel at this small, challenging institution near Philadelphia. Students can take classes at the equally elite Swarthmore College and Haverford College. It also offers an innovative alternative to a single-sex education: Haverford students are permitted to live in co-ed Bryn Mawr dorms.

Cedar Crest College

Led by one of the country's few black female college presidents, the 142-year-old college in Allentown, Pa., offers extensive adult education programs in addition to women's academics.

Mills College

Located on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, Mills began as a seminary for young women in the 1850s, before the founding of Stanford or the University of California.

Mount Holyoke College

The oldest of the Seven Sisters--the female equivalent of the once male-dominated Ivy League--has produced such notable alumnae as poet Emily Dickinson and Gloria Johnson-Powell, the first woman to get tenure at Harvard Medical School.

Simmons College

This racially diverse college in Boston prides itself on its early adoption of admissions of black and Jewish students. It offers an M.B.A. program designed specifically for women.

Smith College

Proud of its feminist heritage, Smith, located in the beautiful Amherst area of Massachusetts, gives its eclectic and independent students the option of taking classes at sister school Mt. Holyoke and, for a large-school experience, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst..

Spelman College

This prestigious, traditionally black women's college in Georgia began as a girls' high school and now ranks among the top higher education institutions in the country. Affiliation with Moorehouse College gives women access to more classes--and, yes, guys.

Sweet Briar College

In the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Sweet Briar offers a beautiful, secluded campus with a renowned equestrian program. It is highly rated for career services and professors' engagement with students.

Wellesley College

Alma mater of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright, Wellesley boasts one of the largest endowments of any women's college. Students can cross-register at MIT.