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The Girls’ School Advantage

Notre Dame student completes a science experiment in the Riley Center for STEM Education.


The research is clear and compelling – an all girls’ learning environment offers proven advantages that prepare students for success in college and beyond.

When compared to their female peers at coeducational schools, girls’ school graduates:

  • Have stronger academic skills
  • Are more academically engaged
  • Demonstrate higher science self-confidence
  • Express stronger community involvement
  • Display higher levels of cultural competency
  • Exhibit increased political engagement

Source: Higher Education Research Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, 2018

“One of the best things Notre Dame provided me was the knowledge that we could do anything – since we were all girls, the girls were the elected leaders, athletes, scholars.” 

Nina Fite, ’75, Current U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Angola

Learn more about the Girls’ School Advantage:

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls Education in the Transition to University 

Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools