Timeline: Women at UVA


 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."


 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.


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


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


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


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


Several faculty wives and daughters are accepted in the College.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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