Deep Springs College, the tiny-all male institution in Big Pine, California, is about to change. The highly selective (the schools admits about 8 percent of applicants) two-year institution enrolls 26 students, total. According to a piece by Rebecca Ruiz in the New York Times:
The school’s philosophy is unique, blending manual labor — scrubbing pots, slaughtering cows, baling hay — with one or two 90-minute classes a day. Its 26 students attend tuition-free and most go on to complete four-year degrees at highly competitive universities like Oxford and Yale. The college’s formula has changed little since its founding in 1917 — until now.
On Saturday , with a 10-to-2 vote of the board of directors, Deep Springs decided to admit women. The college does not plan to increase the class size, however. Deep Springs says the earliest it will begin considering applications from women is 2013.