8 Best Colleges for Budding Feminists

For those who choose to go after a higher education, there's more to college than just showing up to lectures and classes.

Location, culture, extracurricular activities, and even the campus layout are just a few things that shape the overall college experience. The following eight feminist colleges in America go above and beyond in order to positively influence a new generation.

These schools even boast some accomplished alums, such as MAKERS Hillary Clinton (Wellesley), Madeleine Albright (Wellesley), Nora Ephron (Wellesley), Gloria Steinem (Smith), Barbara Walters (Sarah Lawrence), and Lena Dunham (Oberlin), just to name a few.

Whether you're diving into the ever-so-important decision of deciding where to study as an undergraduate, or are considering where to continue graduate school, take a look at these colleges for young and budding feminists in the gallery above.

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Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Mass.) | Mount Holyoke College is one of the oldest colleges for women in the U.S. Women's leadership is a top priority with MHC's liberal arts curriculum. As far as campus culture goes, MHC has a women's leadership center and a feminist a cappella group that performs female empowerment songs. Notable alum include Emily Dickinson and first female cabinet member, Frances Perkins. Photo Credit: Mount Holyoke College

Wellesley College (Wellesley, Mass.) | Boston boasts many prestigious schools, but Wellesley's academics are fueling future leaders and the student body are heavily influenced powerful alums — most notably Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Nora Ephron. Photo Credit: Uschools University Images via Getty Images

Chatham University (Pittsburgh) | Students at Chatham aren't just waiting around until after their degree to make a difference —  they're striving for change right on campus. Student organization F.A.C.E. (Feminists Activists Creating Equality) has a strong presence from organizing events to petition signings. Women's issues are a top priority, which is reflected in the school's academic curriculum. All students are required to take women's studies classes, but each course incorporates women's rights. Photo Credit: via Facebook

Smith College (Northampton, Mass.) | Without Smith, we might not have feminist forerunners Sylvia Plath, Betty Friedan, and Gloria Steinem. It's no surprise that you can buy official Smith College apparel adorned with quotes like, "Smith college a century of women on top," and, "It's not a girl's school without men; it's a women's school without boys.”  Photo Credit: via Facebook

Barnard College (New York, N.Y.) | Affiliated with Columbia, Barnard students have access to the best resources in order to get the best education and grow as women. Between the Barnard Center for Research on Women and New York City itself, the possibilities are endless. Their research center promotes women's and social justice issues by hosting guest speakers and other programs.  Photo Credit: via Facebook

Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) | While there isn't an official feminist alliance on campus, this co-ed school empowers feminism every which way they can. Issues like Take Back The Night and Students for Consent and Communications have been acknowledged. Womanist House and Women of Color House have been noted as hubs for feminist activity. Talk of feminism, women's issues, gender quality and sexuality have this student body talking.  Photo Credit: via Facebook

Sarah Lawrence College (Yonkers, N.Y.) | This female dominated student body works to empower feminism with its student-operated Feminist Collective, which has a partnership with the Women's History Graduate department. This results in film and documentary screenings that are relevant to women's issues in order to spark discussion. Barbara Walters and Yoko Ono are among SLC's alumnae.  Photo Credit: via Twitter

Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) | Feminism is alive and well at Oberlin, but this midwestern school champions equality across the board. The Baldwin house is an on-campus housing option for female-identified and trans students. Students have even voted on having gender-neutral bathrooms across campus. Lena Dunham is one of the many feminists who have attended Oberlin.  Photo Credit: via Facebook