Colby Bicentennial Seal 1813-1863

June 24, 1901

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Separate in chapel, recitations, commencement

We find that the opinion favorable to coeducation and co-ordination is very general, and yet the desire exists among many young men to go to a man’s college and among many young women to go to a women’s college.

We are of the opinion that Colby should continue to use its equipment for the higher education of men and women.

That the system of co-ordination should be continued, viz that there should be a man’s division and a woman’s division.

That as the conditions of the college will allow, the students of each division should become separated in chapel exercises, recitations, lectures, public and commencement exercises.

When women outnumber men

In 1891 there were 137 men, today 123. In 1891 there were 47 women, now 80, and the last entering class contained 37 of each sex.  …

When the time comes that the women outnumber the men, the men will feel that they are going to a women’s college, and in my judgment such a condition will have a tendency to lessen still further the number of men. It is a fact not to be winked out of sight that many young man who would otherwise naturally come to Colby and who are just the kind we need as students and as alumni, are kept from Colby because of the large number of women here today.