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The 20 Best Higher Education Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (April 2020)

Looking for a new job in higher education? Check our list of the most female-friendly employers in the industry, as rated by the women who work there.

InHerSight's list of the best higher education companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Higher Education companies on this list have been rated by 10 or more participants as of April 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 20 best higher education companies to work for

1. Princeton University

3.8 stars

Princeton University is a higher education company headquartered in the Princeton, NJ area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Princeton University:

"Princeton is an excellent employer. Departments may vary in whether they treat women as serious colleagues."

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2. Southern New Hampshire University

3.8 stars

Southern New Hampshire University is a higher education company headquartered in the Manchester, NH area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Southern New Hampshire University:

"Great university to work for. Very proactive, student focused and up to pace wirh today's technologies and needs."

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3. University of Maryland Baltimore County

3.7 stars

University of Maryland Baltimore County is a higher education company headquartered in the Baltimore, MD area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and the people you work with (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of Maryland Baltimore County:

"There are many women in leadership roles here. The only reason I did not rate higher for opportunity to take on those roles is that people are so happy that there is not frequen..."

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4. University of California, Davis

3.7 stars

University of California, Davis is a higher education company headquartered in the Davis, CA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (4.3 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of California, Davis:

"Great University to work at. The issues I have with it are more related to how the academic research system works, and it sucks! "

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5. Harvard University

3.7 stars

Harvard University is a higher education company headquartered in the Cambridge, MA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and learning opportunities (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Harvard University:

"I was a contractor working remotely."

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6. Walden University

3.6 stars

Walden University is a higher education company headquartered in the Minneapolis, MN area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.4 stars) and ability to telecommute (4.4 stars).

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7. Western Governors University

3.6 stars

Western Governors University is a higher education company headquartered in the Salt Lake City, UT area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for ability to telecommute (4.6 stars) and management opportunities (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Western Governors University:

"Wonderful company to work for with many, many full time work from home positions (and do not have to be in SLC area). It is very obvious the management cares for its employees a..."

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8. Harvard Business School

3.6 stars

Harvard Business School is a higher education company headquartered in the Brookline, MA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.5 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Harvard Business School:

"I largely work with other women. It’s wonderful."

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9. University of Central Oklahoma

3.6 stars

University of Central Oklahoma is a higher education company headquartered in the Edmond, OK area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.4 stars) and wellness initiatives (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of Central Oklahoma:

"The University is, overall, a good place to work. Sadly, the on-campus food options are not very good. And the maternity leave/leave-sharing for maternity leave options are pret..."

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10. San Diego State University

3.6 stars

San Diego State University is a higher education company headquartered in the San Diego, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.6 stars) and the people you work with (4.1 stars).

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11. Portland Community College

3.5 stars

Portland Community College is a higher education company headquartered in the Portland, OR area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Portland Community College:

"Women are well represented in leadership but wage and compensations overall are low competitively. "

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12. University of San Diego

3.5 stars

University of San Diego is a higher education company headquartered in the San Diego, CA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.2 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

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13. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

3.5 stars

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a higher education company headquartered in the Shorewood, WI area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.3 stars) and flexible work hours (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

"I worked here as an undergrad for two years and was always treated with respect. I was taken seriously even at such a young age. My job was part-time and I was able to learn a l..."

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14. Texas Christian University

3.5 stars

Texas Christian University is a higher education company headquartered in the Fort Worth, TX area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for wellness initiatives (4.5 stars) and learning opportunities (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Texas Christian University:

"TCU does not provide paid maternity leave. There is, however, ample sick and vacation time that accrues and is usable as such. I've always felt supported as a woman at both posi..."

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15. Shorelight Education

3.5 stars

Shorelight Education is a higher education company headquartered in the Boston, MA area, that employs 51 to 200 people. The company has its best ratings for flexible work hours (4.8 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Shorelight Education:

"I'm really not a 5 star rating kind of person, so I must admit, I'm kind of smitten with this company. Lots of women leadership, lots of amazing, progressive policies. I don't..."

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16. Grand Valley State University

3.5 stars

Grand Valley State University is a higher education company headquartered in the Allendale, MI area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.5 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Grand Valley State University:

"Aside from their maternity policy (which has required faculty to pay for their own replacement, on at least one occasion), generally pretty decent place to work as a woman."

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17. Oregon State University

3.5 stars

Oregon State University is a higher education company headquartered in the Corvallis, OR area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.1 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Oregon State University:

"Great place to work. Just wish I weren't grant funded only."

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18. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

3.4 stars

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a higher education company headquartered in the Cambridge, MA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and flexible work hours (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

"I work in the Division of Student Life. Not sure about other departments, labs, centers."

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19. Emory University

3.4 stars

Emory University is a higher education company headquartered in the North Druid Hills, GA area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.0 stars) and wellness initiatives (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Emory University:

"Emory is a great place for women to work. The healthcare, leave and work/life flexibility are great. And they go to all employees, whatever their gender. Paternity leave is offe..."

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20. University of California, Santa Cruz

3.4 stars

University of California, Santa Cruz is a higher education company headquartered in the Santa Cruz, CA area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.3 stars) and management opportunities (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for University of California, Santa Cruz:

"This position is a huge stepping-stone experience in allowing me to refocus my idea and energy on what I want to do with my future career."

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of April 1, 2020.

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