When did colleges start accepting female students?
In 1836, Wesleyan became the first women’s college in the world. Over the next several decades, other women’s colleges opened up, including Barnard, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Smith, and Wellesley. In total, 50 women’s colleges opened their doors in the U.S. between 1836 and 1875.
When did the first black woman go to college?
1862: Mary Jane Patterson, a teacher, graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She is considered the first African-American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree.