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Women's college

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In higher education, particularly in the United States, a women's college is a college (that is, a primarily undergraduate, bachelor's degree-granting institution) whose students are exclusively women. The Seven Sisters are among the best-known women's colleges, but some are now coeducational. Some women's colleges admit small numbers of male students in their graduate schools, but all serve exclusively female undergraduate populations.

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Women's colleges filled the need for higher education for women, because most early colleges in the United States admitted only men. (The first coeducational college was Oberlin College, founded in 1833; by 1860, only five colleges or universities were coeducational.) Among the first all-women's colleges in the United States were the Oread Institute, founded in 1849, which closed in 1881, and Wesleyan College in Georgia, founded (as the "Georgia Female College") in 1836.

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