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Best Colleges For Women and Minorities in STEM

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Westminster College

Thirty-six percent of of Westminster College's 2008 graduating class received their degrees in STEM fields, and more of those graduates were women than men.

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Westminster College ranked first for graduating women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, according to a recent Forbes study. "I think our success in recruiting women into STEM is a result of prospective students interacting with successful women faculty and seeing lots of women students in the science classrooms and labs," says Westminster professor Helen Boylan.

Other high-ranking colleges and universities for women in STEM included Colby College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Harvey Mudd College, and Williams College. The Forbes study also ranked the best schools for minorities in STEM. For each school, the study compared the number of blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians to the number of whites and Asians.

The study found that the best school for minorities in STEM fields is Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Saint Mary's emphasizes bringing education to the poor. "There is this sense that part of our mission is to find kids with potential and to make it work for them when it may not have worked for them somewhere else," says Saint Mary's professor Thomas Mans.

Other high-ranking schools for minorities in STEM include Westmont College, Colorado College, Christopher Newport University, and the University of Colorado Denver, according to the Forbes study.

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