The decision by Randolph-Macon Woman's College to admit men appears to be resonating with prospective students.
The Lynchburg school will become Randolph College on July first, after 116 years of being a single-sex institution. Applications are up 85 percent over last year.
Spokeswoman Brenda Edson says that as of February 23rd, the school had gotten just under 1100 applications from women and 300 from men for this fall's freshman class.
Edson says they are pleased with the numbers, adding that the figures are, "Making us believe we made the right decision," in going co-ed.
The fall application deadline was Thursday. Officials say they won't know the size and gender breakdown in the freshman class until about mid-May.
The school decided to admit men after running into financial difficulties as interest in single-sex colleges declined in recent years.
Alumnae opposed to the college's decision are continuing with a court challenge.
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