Court Stands in Way of Dreams to Be Deep Springs' Pioneer Women

Female Applicants Are Disappointed by a College for 'Promising Young Men' 1

Deep Springs College

Students and staff members at Deep Springs College round up cattle. The two-year college, which has 26 students, had invited women to apply for next fall's class, but a court ruling last week blocked its plans to go coed.

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Deep Springs College

Students and staff members at Deep Springs College round up cattle. The two-year college, which has 26 students, had invited women to apply for next fall's class, but a court ruling last week blocked its plans to go coed.

Although Deep Springs College, a 26-student institution on a cattle and alfalfa ranch in California, is notoriously selective, more than 100 of its applicants this year were vexed by the news last week that they wouldn't get in. It wasn't bad grades or mediocre essays that had led the college to disqualify them; it was their gender.

Deep Springs announced last year that it would begin accepting female students for the first time in its 95-year history, only to