Students: Where the Brains Are

Hardly anyone imagines girls attending mighty M.I.T. Yet last week Tech, as Boston calls it, dedicated its first women's dormitory to go with its first women's dean, an attractive blonde lured from nearby Radcliffe. As it turns out, Tech has 238 girls—all swimming fast and straight in a sea of 6,860 men.

Girls at M.I.T. go back to 1871, when an uppity Vassar grad applied to study chemistry. The faculty let her in, but carefully kept her name (Ellen Swallow) off the rolls. She wound up on the faculty, and in 1883 the whole place went coed—turning out such alumnae...

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