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Notre Dame of Maryland to go coeducational next year


BALTIMORE (AP) — Notre Dame of Maryland University, the nation's first Catholic college to award a four-year degree to women, says it will admit men to its traditional undergraduate program starting next fall.

The school says its board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to become coeducational after a review of enrollment trends at women’s colleges.

The school says that while fewer than 2% of female students enroll in private, nonprofit women’s colleges and universities annually, there’s a growing need for higher education opportunities for traditional college-age men.

The school founded in 1895 as a college for women established a weekend college for adult undergraduates open to men in 1975 and has offered coeducational graduate programs since 1984.