U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 13: Women's State College

Mar 13, 2016, 00:01 ET from U.S. Census Bureau

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile AmericaSunday, March 13th. The first state college for women was created this month in 1884 in Mississippi. Known as the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, classes opened in the fall of the next year on the campus of a former college in Columbus. Now called the Mississippi University for Women, it has been ranked as one of the top schools in the annual list of "America's Best Colleges." The now coed school of some 2,500 students has a number of its campus buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Across the U.S. today, there are some 19.2 million graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in colleges. Nearly 55 percent are women. That's about 7 percent of the female population over the age of 3. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2954
Mississippi University for Women/accessed 1/8/2016: http://web3.muw.edu/about-muw
Enrollment: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/mississippi-women-2422
National enrollment/table 1 All Races: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2014/tables.html

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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