Lasting Legacies Bright Future
Lafayette admitted its first class of women in the fall of 1970. This unprecedented move toward co-education elevated the profile of Lafayette College as a leader in social change and academic integrity. Fall 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of this milestone at Lafayette.
The College is commemorating this historic moment with a year-long celebration of programming and events. Throughout the year, we invite the participation of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents as we honor the contributions of women to Lafayette’s past, present, and future.
This timeline highlights some of the many milestones achieved during Lafayette’s history in connection with the College’s transition to a coeducational institution in 1970. This historic moment opened doors to a lifetime of possibility and change for women, one that continues to evolve and show promise.
Download the images as backgrounds to use throughout the year for virtual meetings.
As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Lafayette College the steering committee is collecting information about Lafayette women. Our goal is to best tell your story and the story of women at Lafayette throughout this anniversary year. Help us highlight you and your work by sharing your accomplishments with us!
The Lafayette College Archives Oral History Project focuses on Lafayette students who witnessed the remarkable period of social change that saw an increased presence of African-Americans and women on campus. By interviewing these pioneering African-American and women students the College Archives has gained a better understanding of what it was like to be immersed in and, ultimately, to help reinvent a traditionally white, male world. While the initial focus has been on alumni/alumnae, the Archives has also interviewed faculty and administrators, as well as white, male students who were also part of these pivotal years of transition.