Timeline: Women at UVA

1892

 Caroline Preston Davis passes the exam for a B.A. in mathematics, but instead of receiving a degree, she gets a crossed-out diploma marked "certificate of proficiency."

1894

 Addis M. Meade receives a master's degree in mathematics. Later that year, the Faculty and Board of Visitors vote against admitting women under any circumstances.

1901

Women, except African-American women, are admitted to two-year nursing diploma program at UVA hospital.

1916

A bill to establish a co-ordinate women's college in Charlottesville passes the state Senate, but fails in the House by two votes.

1920

The General Assembly decides to admit women to graduate and professional programs at UVA. That fall, 17 women enroll.

1926

UVA receives $50,000 from the Graduate Nurses' Association for the establishment of a School of Nursing.

1930s

Several faculty wives and daughters are accepted in the College.

1935

Alice Jackson focuses national attention on the school's discriminatory admissions policies when she applies to the school, the first African-American to do so. Denied admission to the French graduate program, she eventually goes on to graduate from Columbia University.

1944

Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg becomes affiliated with UVA as the "co-ordinate school" for women.

1967

President Edgar F. Shannon Jr. appoints a University committee to consider admitting women to the College of Arts and Sciences.

1968

The committee concludes that the existing arrangement "unfairly discriminates against women" and comes out in support of their admittance. The following year, the committee finds that UVA is the only state university that, by not opening its main campus to women, forces them to attend a separate college 65 miles away.

1969

While the student-run Honor Committee declares that coeducation will "hurt" the Honor System, the Board of Visitors drops its ban against women in the College, and UVA adopts a policy of voluntary "gradualism." First step: It will accept student and faculty wives and daughters.

1969-70

UVA alumnus John Lowe initiates an ACLU-backed lawsuit against UVA, and a U.S. Circuit Court panel requires UVA to consider the application of Virginia Scott and to phase in coeducation over two years.

1970

The first class of 450 undergraduate women (39 percent of the class) enters UVA. The number of men admitted remains constant.

2003

Women compose 55 percent of the undergraduate student body.

–timeline created by Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. Sources include Alumni News, Office of Admissions, Women's Center