- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A women’s college in Connecticut will allow men to enroll after 85 years of admitting only female students.

The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford says its Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to open the admission process for full-time undergraduate programs to all students in the fall of 2018.

Task force groups were set up last year to examine the move.

President Rhona Free says the data showed that by opening up the admission process to all students, the school would have more opportunities to expand undergraduate programs and create a more vibrant campus life.

Free tells The Hartford Courant the decision was made from a position of “financial strength.”

The newspaper reports that the private, Catholic college currently has 135 first-year students, and aims to have 150 this fall.

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