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In a Difficult Economy, Women's Colleges Embrace Male Students



By Chris Hassan
Posted January 18, 2013 01:00 PM

Women's colleges open their doors to male students.
Women's colleges open their doors to male students.

A number of colleges have managed to provide undergraduate degree programs designed especially for women since their inception. New York's Barnard College and Massachusetts' Simmons College are just two examples of institutions that continue to offer female students a chance to earn a bachelor's degree.

However, in the current economy, some women-only schools are rethinking their admissions policies in order to stay operational. For example, when North Carolina's Peace College became William Peace University in the fall of 2012, it also began to admit male students, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Now, Pennsylvania's Wilson College is the latest women's institution to make the decision to become a fully coeducational school, according to a press release. Currently, male students who are at least 22 years old are allowed to enroll in the college, but only as commuters. The Wilson College Board of Trustees recently approved a plan that will see the institution welcome traditional-age male students as commuters in the fall of 2013, and male residential degree seekers in the fall of 2014.

"The Wilson College Board of Trustees has acted to ensure the financial well-being of the institution," said John Gibb, chair of the board, in a statement. "Our decision will enable the college to thrive."

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