WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST COED COLLEGE
Profile America — Thursday, December 3rd. Colleges and universities with both male and female students are the norm today. But in 1833, only a few women went to college and the idea of coed classes was a social innovation. On this date that year, Oberlin College in Ohio opened its doors to both sexes. That first year, the school had 44 students — 29 men and 15 women. Now, Oberlin has a student body of close to 3,000 and boasts one of the most comprehensive libraries of any college in the nation. For many decades, more males attended college than females. Today, over 56 percent of all students in higher education are women — almost 11 million, compared with just over 8.5 million men. Oberlin's student body today closely matches the national picture. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Oberlin history/accessed 10/2/2015: http://oberlin.edu/175/timeline.html
Male & Female enrollment/ t. 1 All Races: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2013/tables.html
Oberlin enrollment/accessed 10/2/2015: http://www.petersons.com/college-search/oberlin-college-000_10000575.aspx
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau