MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) – For the first time in nearly 170 years, Midway University will start accepting males as full-time undergraduates.
The university said in a news release that its board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to make the change.
Men can apply as full-time undergraduates starting this fall and can apply to live in residence halls starting in spring 2017. Males are currently accepted into online and graduate programs.
President John Marsden says the decision was made in order for the liberal arts university to stay viable. Midway’s enrollment last fall was 1,042 students, with just a quarter of those enrolled in the Women’s College, and fewer than 200 living on campus.
Founded in 1847 as the Kentucky Female Orphan School, Midway University is the state’s only operating women’s college.
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