Education: The Women Come Back

The boys at Vassar and Sarah Lawrence were the B.M.O.C.s just a few years ago as women's colleges rushed to open their gates to men. The nationwide push for coeducation in the early '70s brought hard times to women's schools that chose to exclude men. Enrollment tumbled, alumnae panicked and school officials scrambled to recruit new students. Now, however, the picture is changing dramatically. All-women's colleges will open this fall with their highest enrollment in four years.

According to the Women's College Coalition, a Washington-based group representing half the nation's 140 women's colleges, enrollment...

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