Lindenwood was founded in 1827 as a women’s college and it took 142 years to break this tradition. In the fall 1968 semester returning students came back and found a big surprise. That year the first men came to campus and changed Lindenwood forever. Periodically men could be found in any given year that were part of the theater program but it wasn’t until 1968 when men were admitted and given a dorm. In 1969 Lindenwood expanded as a coordinate college with Lindenwood I and Lindenwood II and later became a single college, as it is now. This seems like a simple change but it was not an easy one. This was breaking Lindenwood tradition, so not everyone was in support.
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