Once, the vast majority of colleges and universities in the country were exclusively male. But while there are still many that cater exclusively to women, the number of all-male colleges has shrunk to just four. Wabash College in Crawfordsville is proud of its single-sex traditions and the educational climate it provides, says President Patrick White, who speaks with passion about the advantages. "This is a place that empowers men to engage their own ambitions, while other colleges sometimes force them to repress or hide those ambitions," White says.
Wabash is traditional in both culture and appearance, centered on a quad with Georgian-style buildings and spread over a 60-acre campus. Classes are small, with the student-professor ratio at a consistent 10 to 1. As with many liberal arts schools unencumbered by the pressures of a research university, the focus is heavy on classroom instruction, "something that lots of schools like to talk about, but few can actually accomplish," says Toby Herzog, an English professor.
Part of the Wabash ethos is the education of the model man, a philosophy distilled into a single code: "The student is expected to conduct himself at all times, both on and off the campus, as a gentleman and a responsible citizen." 'Nuff said. Of course, that's not to say there aren't fraternity parties—more than half of the campus is Greek. But the code is nonetheless a very real part of student life, from academics to the athletic fields, says Jake German, a history major and officer of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
"We admit pretty good guys and improve them, educate them to respect themselves and each other, and then graduate them as well-rounded, model citizens," says White, who spent 18 years as an administrator at an all-women's college before taking up the reins at Wabash.
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Plus Factor: Three out of four Wabash alums enter graduate or professional school within five years of graduating.
Undergrad enrollment, 2009: 900
Est. annual cost 2010-2011: $38,900
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