Profile America — Thursday, March 13th. The first state college for women was created this month in 1884 in Mississippi. Known as the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, classes opened in the fall of the next year on the campus of a former college in Columbus. Now called the Mississippi University for Women, it has been ranked as one of the top schools in the annual list of "America's Best Colleges." Now coed, the school has many of the buildings on its imposing campus on the National Register of Historic Places. Across the U.S. today, there are some 20 million graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in colleges. Almost 57 percent are women. That's nearly 7½ percent of the female population over the age of 3. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2954
http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2012/tables.html Table 1/all races