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Higher education for women in the South in 1916

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Title page: Various types of Southern Colleges for WomenThe Various Types of Southern Colleges for Women by Elizabeth Avery Colton. Association of College Women,  1916.

In 1916, the word “college” seemed to mean a variety of things. This is a very direct, candid interpretation of what the different types of “colleges” for women were at the time. It also lists and classifies each of them based on the author’s definitions and interpretations (likely derived from perceptions from that time period.)

My favorite category is “nominal and imitation colleges.” What is an imitation college? The author defines this as, “institutions that are either preparatory schools calling themselves colleges, or a combination of preparatory and ‘special study’ schools offering imitation college courses.” I remain curious about “imitation college courses.”

Today’s students may also be curious about standard college entrance requirements for women’s colleges in 1916. Information about these may be found on page 29 of this digital edition. Naturally there is no mention of SAT scores, since the SAT wasn’t developed until later.

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