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The 20 Best Higher Education Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 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 September 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:

"Great place to work if you support the University' ideals."

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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:

"There are far too many part time roles on campus that could easily be made into full time positions to be more productive, but because they don't want to pay for benefits they don…"

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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 frequent …"

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4. University of Colorado Colorado Springs

3.7 stars

University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a higher education company headquartered in the Colorado Springs, CO area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.6 stars) and flexible work hours (4.4 stars).

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5. 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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6. Harvard University

3.6 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:

"Most of my higher-ups were women who did a great job. I felt very supported, and I had a lot of female mentors. Would recommend!"

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7. 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 pretty…"

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8. 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 (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.3 stars).

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

"I work for WGU in a work-from-home, part-time position. I am a mom of young children and it is great to work from home in such a flexible position. My immediate supervisor is fema…"

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9. 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 management opportunities (4.2 stars).

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10. University of California, Davis

3.6 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 flexible work hours (4.3 stars) and management opportunities (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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11. 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 (4.6 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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12. 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:

"I love PCC. It has been my favorite place to work. I will say that I work a desk position, and that some of the more labor intensive jobs in our institution, or executive position…"

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13. Cornell University

3.5 stars

Cornell University is a higher education company headquartered in the Ithaca, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (4.3 stars) and learning opportunities (4.0 stars).

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

"I am a forestry research tech and tree climbing instructor for Cornell. Both of my supervisors are male in traditionally male-dominated fields but both hire, train and promote wo…"

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14. 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 (4.3 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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15. Indiana State University

3.5 stars

Indiana State University is a higher education company headquartered in the Terre Haute, IN area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for the people you work with (4.2 stars) and female representation in leadership (3.9 stars).

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

"Needs work surrounding the LGBT community, but in general, women can be comfortable working at ISU."

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16. 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:

"Best part-time student job there is on campus!"

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17. 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 (4.6 stars) and paid time off (4.5 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 w…"

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18. 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:

"Texas Christian University could use a market study for pay adjustment (all around) but I couldn't ask for more in terms of support for my own education, growth, and work life bal…"

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19. University of California, Santa Cruz

3.5 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 (3.9 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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20. 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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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 September 1, 2020.

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