College papers have recently circulated the report that the number of students at Cornell has constantly decreased since the admission of women. The president of Cornell has written to a member of the Society for Promoting the Higher Education of Women the letter given below, which effectually disposes of the question :
PRESIDENT'S ROOMS, CORNELL UNIVERSITY,Ithaca, N. Y., May 25th, 1882.
Dear Madam : As to the newspaper statement which you inclose, that the number of students here has been largely decreased by the admission of young women to the lecture-rooms and laboratories, it is simply a very gross error. A careful examination of our record shows that no diminution in the number of students took place at the admission of young women, but that it was caused by the steady raising of our standard of admission year after year in all our departments, which cut off a considerable number of applicants for admission who had formerly been freely received. I remain,
Very respectfully and truly yours,
ANDREW D. WHITE.MRS. A. C. L. BOTTA.
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