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List of mixed-sex colleges and universities in the United States

The following is a list of mixed-sex colleges and universities in the United States, listed in the order that mixed-sex students were admitted to degree-granting college-level courses.

Many of the earliest mixed-education institutes offered co-educational secondary school-level classes for three or four years before co-ed college-level courses began – these situations are noted in the parentheticals below.

Earliest mixed-sex higher education institutes (through 19th century)

  • Schools that were previously all-female are listed in bold.
1826 Cumberland College (First institute to allow females to attend university in the United States)[1][2][3]
1837 Oberlin College (co-ed secondary classes began in 1833)[4][5][6][7]
1844 Hillsdale College[8]
1845 Franklin College (co-ed secondary-level classes began in 1842 at "Indiana Baptist Manual Labor Institute"; chartered as Franklin College in 1845)[9][10]
1847 Baylor College (until 1851 Baylor offered "coeducation" in the same building, although in separate classes; after 1851 the school fully segregated the sexes until 1887)[11][12][13]
1849 New-York Central College (disestablished 1860)
Otterbein University[14]
1851 Waynesburg College[15]
1852 Westminster College[16]
1853 Antioch College[17]
Lawrence University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1849)[18]
Willamette University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1842)[19]
1854 Muskingum University[20]
Urbana University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1850)[21]
1855 Bates College[22][23]
University of Iowa (first coeducational public or state university in the United States)[5][6]
1856 Baldwin University (now Baldwin Wallace University) (co-ed secondary classes began in 1845)[24]
St. Lawrence University[25]
Wilberforce University (first coeducational HBCU in the United States)
1857 Alfred University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1836; it received its university charter in 1857)[26][27]
Hamline University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1854)[28]
1858 University of Mount Union (co-ed classes began in 1846; chartered as college in 1858)[29]
1859 Cooper Union
Olivet College (co-ed secondary classes began in 1844; chartered as college in 1859)[30]
1862 Baker University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1858)
1863 Kansas State University[31][32]
1866 University of Wisconsin–Madison (women admitted to classes in the "Normal Department" in 1863 and all college classes about 1866, although separate Female College and separate graduation existed until 1874)[33][34]
1867 Carleton College[35]
DePauw University[36]
Hiram College (co-ed secondary classes began in 1850)
Indiana University[7][37]
Lebanon Valley College[38]
1868 Oregon State University (co-ed secondary classes began about 1858; chartered as college in 1868)
University of Missouri[39]
1869 Berea College[40]
Boston University[41]
Iowa State University[42][43]
University of Kansas (co-ed secondary classes began in 1866)[44]
University of Minnesota
Northwestern University[45]
Ohio University[46]
Swarthmore College[47]
Washington University in St. Louis[17]
1870 University of California, Berkeley[37][48]
Cornell University[49][50]
University of Illinois[37]
University of Iowa Medical School[51]
Knox College[52]
Michigan State University[53]
College of Wooster[54]
1871 California Wesleyan College
Colby College[55] (until 1890, when women were resegregated into separate classes)[37]
University of Michigan[56]
University of Nebraska-Lincoln[37]
Pennsylvania State University[57]
Syracuse University[6]
University of Vermont
1872 University of Akron (at that time "Buchtel College")
University of Maine[37]
University of Washington (co-ed secondary classes began in 1861; the school was closed at various times between 1862 and 1869)[58]
Wesleyan University (until 1912, when it became all male once again)[59]
1873 North Georgia College & State University (then North Georgia Agricultural College; since 2013 merged into the University of North Georgia)
Ohio State University[37]
Texas Christian University
1875 Purdue University[60]
St. Olaf College[61]
1876 University of Oregon[37]
1877 Ohio Wesleyan University[62]
University of Colorado at Boulder[37]
1878 Hope College
1880 Emerson College
University of Pennsylvania (women previously admitted to non-degree-granting programs in 1876)[63]
University of Southern California
1881 Coe College
Hendrix College
1882 University of South Dakota
1883 Bucknell University[50]
Florida State University (The school was a coeducational seminary beginning in 1851, and was chartered as a coeducational university in 1883. However, in 1905, a reorganization of the state's higher education system converted what was then Florida State College to a women's school, Florida State College for Women. It returned to coeducation in 1947, adopting its current name at that time.)[64]
Middlebury College
University of Texas
1884 University of North Dakota[37]
1885 University of Mississippi
1886 University of Nevada, Reno[37]
1887 Baylor University
Pomona College
Stetson University (co-ed secondary classes began in 1883)
University of Wyoming[37]
1888 George Washington University
Guilford College (co-ed secondary classes began in 1837; it became a college in 1888)[65]
University of Kentucky
Pomona College
Tulane University Pharmaceutical School
1889 West Virginia University[66] Elon University[67]
1891 University of Arizona[37]
College of Idaho
Stanford University
1892 Auburn University
University of Chicago (women resegregated into separate classes in 1902 for their first two years)[37]
University of New Mexico[37]
University of Oklahoma[37]
1893 University of Alabama[37]
University of Connecticut
Johns Hopkins University Graduate School
Macalester College[68]
University of Tennessee
1894 Boalt Hall[69]
1895 Beloit College
University of Montana[37]
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina
1897 University at Buffalo Law School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (graduate students)
1899 Eastern Michigan University (co-ed classes in the "Normal school" began 1852; chartered as college in 1899)

Dates USA educational institutions became mixed-sex through 2012

  • Virtually all of the thousands of institutions of higher education that were founded after Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 are coeducational.
  • Schools that were previously all-female are listed in bold.
Year Institution
1900 Denison University
University of Rochester[6]
University of Virginia (nursing only)
1902 Miami University
1904 Louisiana State University
1908 Reed College
1909 Marquette University[70] (first coeducational Roman Catholic university in the world)
Tulane University School of Dentistry
1912 Rice University
1914 Tulane University Medical School
University of Pennsylvania Medical School
1917 Georgia Tech (until 1934)
1918 The College of William & Mary
University of Georgia
1920 Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
University of Virginia (graduate students)
1921 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1922 Northeastern University School of Law
1926 Centre College
1930 Roanoke College
1931 Seattle University
1933 Furman University
1937 University of Dayton
1941 St. John's College
1942 Clark University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Wake Forest University
1944 Bard College
1945 Thomas More College (Kentucky) (then Villa Madonna College)
1946 James Madison University (de facto; then known as Madison College)
Le Moyne College (first Jesuit school founded as a coeducational institution)
1947 Florida State University (originally coeducational, but a women's college from 1905–1947)[64]
University of Florida
1948 Brandeis University
Gonzaga University
1952 Lincoln University
1953 Georgia Tech (some programs)
Harvard Law School
1955 Harvey Mudd College (first woman graduated in 1960)
1959 New York University (Women first enrolled in classes in 1873 at the School of Arts (non-degree program), and later at the degree-granting Graduate, Teaching and Law schools in the 1890s. However, women were not eligible for the undergraduate degree program until 1959.)[71][72]
1963 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (all programs)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1964 Texas A&M University
University of San Francisco
1965 Hampshire College
University of California, Irvine
1966 James Madison University (official; then known as Madison College)
Sarah Lawrence College
1967 Georgia College & State University
1968 Bellarmine University (then Bellarmine College)
Georgia Tech (all programs)
Loyola University of Los Angeles (undergraduates in engineering and business)
1969 Connecticut College
Elmira College
Franklin & Marshall College (began as a coeducational secondary school in 1787, but the co-ed policy was soon abandoned and it would take 182 years before women were permitted to enroll in the college)[73][74]
Georgetown University
Kenyon College
La Salle University
MacMurray College
Mercyhurst University (then Mercyhurst College)
Princeton University
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Siena Heights University
Trinity College (Connecticut)
Tulane University
University of the South
Vassar College
Yale University
1970 Boston College
Colgate University
Fairfield University
Johns Hopkins University
Pitzer College
University of Mary Washington
Union College
University of Virginia (all programs)
Wesleyan University (previously coeducational 1872–1912)[59]
Williams College
1971 Bowdoin College
Brown University
Robert College
Skidmore College
Stevens Institute of Technology
University of Mary Hardin–Baylor (Founded in 1846 as the women's division of Baylor College, now Baylor University, at the time a coeducational institution but with single-sex classes. Coeducation ended in 1851 with the split of the men's and women's divisions into separate colleges. Beginning in 1922, some men were allowed to attend classes through their junior year, but the school did not award degrees to men until it became fully coeducational in 1971.)
1972 Davidson College
Dartmouth College
Harvard College at Harvard University
Radford University
Texas Woman's University
University of Notre Dame
Washington and Lee University School of Law
1973 California Maritime Academy
Loyola Marymount University (all undergraduate programs)
Spalding University (then Spalding College)
1974 Fordham College
Norwich University
United States Merchant Marine Academy
1975 Amherst College
1976 Claremont McKenna College
Longwood University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
1978 Hamilton College
1980 Chestnut Hill College (established a coed graduate program, but remained all-female at the undergraduate level)
Haverford College
1982 Mississippi University for Women
1983 Columbia College at Columbia University
1985 Washington and Lee University (undergraduate program)
1991 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
1993 The Citadel
1994 Southern Virginia University (then Southern Virginia College)
1996 Virginia Military Institute (last state institution of higher learning to become coeducational)
2001 Notre Dame College (Ohio; not to be confused with other institutions bearing the name "Notre Dame")
2002 Seton Hill University
2003 Chestnut Hill College (undergraduate program)
2005 Immaculata University
Lesley College
2007 Randolph College (previously Randolph–Macon Woman's College)
2012 Georgian Court University
William Peace University (previously Peace College)


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