STEMinist Schools

Women have been historically underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Many colleges and universities with STEM programs host way more male students than female students, making it incredibly hard for female STEM majors to feel comfortable and welcomed, especially in gender-biased classrooms and departments that lack female role models. Luckily, however, there are some incredible colleges out there determined to combat the STEM gender gap. These inspiring and supportive campuses are the perfect homes for any girl who's a math mastermind, aspiring engineer, tech-obsessed computer whiz or scientist-in-training!


Chances are, you've heard of MIT. It's constantly being referred to as one of the best tech colleges in existence, and what makes it even better is its special focus on helping female STEM students succeed just as well and as often as their male counterparts.

MIT has its very own Women's Initiative program all about women in science, aimed at making future female STEM students feel welcome, appreciated and supported in the field. The Women's Initiative program brings presenters from MIT around the country to reach middle and high school girls before society slams down their STEM dreams—it's a mission that's truly inspirational.


Westminster earned the #1 spot on the Forbes list of the 10 Best Colleges for Females in STEM, as well as a spot on the 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list due to its unstoppable commitment to helping women succeed in STEM. In 2012, it was reported that 50 percent of students in the college's math and computer science departments were female (compared to a national average of only 15 percent), and Westminster was also reported as being one of the only colleges out there to graduate more female STEM majors than male STEM majors! The school's STEM departments are well-regarded for outstanding female faculty role models, and the college has even been granted funds to help bring underprivileged Pennsylvania schools better quality STEM teachers—providing brighter futures for STEM students in the generations to come.

8. COLBY COLLEGE (Waterville, ME)

Colby has a history of being female-friendly—it was the first all-male New England college to begin accepting women, after all! The school has also hosted career and feminism workshops via the incredibly valuable Colby Forum for Women in Science. And with impressive female enrollment in the college's science and mathematics divisions, you'll be sure to find some empowering female study buddies to rock your classes with!


Howard is a historically black university, meaning it fully understands the struggle of achieving a STEM education as a minority. Thus, Howard is devoted to paying special attention to women and other underrepresented and underprivileged students.

In 2014, the school was selected to receive up to $300,000 to be used towards increasing the diversity of STEM departments on campus, which means that there are substantial funds being dedicated solely to STEM success!

Additionally, Howard has an Advance It program which focuses on giving faculty members who are also women of color the resources they need to be game-changers in reducing the gender gap in education, which is especially important in the STEM fields.


Bryn Mawr's been taking names in the STEM world for quite some time. In 2013, Bryn Mawr welcomed the first-ever all-female STEM Posse—a group of women pursuing STEM majors that may have otherwise been overlooked by the application process.

In 2014 the college was also awarded a $1.65 million grant to fund research on improving student math skills with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of underepresented, underprepared and low-income students earning STEM degrees.

Bryn Mawr has consistently been a nationwide leader in producing chemistry, math and physics graduates, many of whom then go onto earn graduate degrees. As an all-female college, these accomplishments are absolutely exceptional.


CalTech was ranked an incredible #1 on U.S. News' list of Top Ranked Universities That Grant the Most STEM Degrees (tied with Colorado School of Mines). The school has specific targeted recruitment goals to ensure a greater female presence in classrooms and has been working on an initiative to double the school's number of female faculty members—pretty cool, if you ask us.


NYU is a highly acclaimed university, and the Polytechnic Institute—home of the university's engineering school—is no exception. The school has above-average female participation in STEM, active recruitment of female applicants and a focus on female mentorship on campus.The Polytechnic Institute even offers pre-college STEM development programs, and the school's Hacking the Glass Ceiling conference aims to advocate for women entering cyber security fields—talk about bada**!


Much like Howard, Tuskegee is a historically black university that works to assist all of its students, but with a special focus on empowering minority scholars. Its specific commitment to women is especially notable and praiseworthy.

The university was ranked #6 on the Forbes list and even maintains partnerships with big-time STEM-related companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Xerox, to provide qualifying students with incredible internship experience to slap on their resume.


Harvey Mudd is a liberal arts college with a special focus on science and engineering—two major components to any STEM education. Like Westminster, Mudd was just featured on the 2015 list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges, which is composed of schools chosen for meeting industry demands, having valuable programs and resources, and for supporting diversified student bodies and faculties.

Taking great care to ensure that an extremely diverse (and female-inclusive) pool of applicants is selected each year, the college is majorly appealing to any science-driven and techy girl. And so far, the school's diversifying efforts have proven to be extremely successful—the college's president, Maria Klawe, recently quadrupled Harvey Mudd's number of female computer science majors!


Carnegie Mellon has achieved #2 status on a list of the 10 Best Colleges for Females in STEM Fields and came in at #12 on the newest Jobvite ranking of the best colleges for landing a job in Silicon Valley. Why? The university apparently increased its percentage of female computer science students from a mere seven percent to over a whopping 40 percent in just a decade—amazing!

Carnegie Mellon has also hosted afterschool Techbridge events that bring young and aspiring STEM students on-campus to explore the universities' STEM programs.

Sheryl Root, an Associate Professor of Software Management at the school's Silicon Valley campus, was also just inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame, so you can be sure that if you're looking to succeed in STEM at Carnegie Mellon, you'll have some incredible mentors backing you up.