#AtoZ 1968 – “Y” is for Yale

“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.


On November 14, 1968, Yale University announced it would admit women. Yale, founded in 1701, is located in New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale has graduated five US Presidents, 19 Supreme Court Chief Justices, and many living billionaires, as well as numerous heads of state. In 1793, Lucinda Foote passed the entrance exams for Yale, but was rejected on the basis of her gender. Women studied at Yale as early as 1892 in graduate-level programs.In 1966, Yale began discussions with its sister school, Vassar College, about merging to foster coeducation at the undergraduate level. At that time, Vassar was all-female and part of what was known as the Seven Sisters – an association of seven liberal arts colleges in the Northeast. The colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley – served as sister institutions to the Ivy League when the Ivy League still only admitted men. Yale introduced coeducation in 1969, and Amy Solomon was the first woman to register as a Yale undergraduate. The undergraduate class of 1973 was the first class to have women starting from freshman year.

Note: It cost $3,300 for the 1968-69 year at Yale. It’s a bit more expensive these days.

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Here’s the #3 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles for 1968

“Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro