St. Mary-of-the-Woods College to admit 1st male undergrads

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (AP) – A private western Indiana liberal arts college open to women only for 175 years will enroll its first male undergraduates on campus this fall.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College announced Tuesday it will begin accepting applications from men immediately as commuter students for this fall and it expects to admit men as residential students in the fall of 2016. Currently, the college enrolls both men and women for online and graduate programs only.

School President Dottie King says key to the decision by are national statistics showing less than 2 percent of college-age women will consider a single-gender institution.

The school says its Board of Trustees voted unanimously to become fully coeducational on May 1. It had been considering such a move for the past year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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