The history of co-education at colleges and universities in the United States varies from school to school.  While the women and men who attended college during these times of transition often had similar stories to tell, each school had it's own challenges to face, both inside and outside the classroom.

Many institutions of higher education opened their doors to men long before women were afforded an opportunity to learn side-by-side with men in the classroom.  Other schools were founded with charters that provided for co-education, but it would be many years before female students were admitted.  As noted below, Bucknell was well ahead of most of the schools in the Patriot and Ivy Leagues, many of which waited until the advent of Title IX to become co-educational.

A selection of colleges and universities and the years they became co-educational:

  • Oberlin College: 1833 (the first school in the nation to be succesfully founded as co-educational)
  • Cornell University: 1870
  • University of Pennsylvania: 1876
  • Bucknell University: 1883
  • American University: 1893
  • Princeton University: 1969
  • Yale University: 1969
  • Colgate University: 1970
  • Lafayette University: 1970
  • Brown University: 1971
  • Lehigh University: 1971
  • Dartmouth University: 1972
  • Harvard University: 1972
  • Holy Cross University: 1972
  • U.S. Naval Academy: 1976
  • U.S. Military Academy: 1976
  • Columbia University: 1983