Mount Vernon College Alumnae

Mount Vernon College Alumnae

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Mount Vernon College for Women was a women's college in Washington, D.C.

The college began in 1875 as a high school and junior college. Elizabeth Somers had been teaching young women at her home since 1868. The school was originally named Mount Vernon Seminary.

The high school was closed in the mid-1970s, and the college expanded to a baccalaureate institution. This change occurred when there was a rapid decline in the number of women's colleges in the United States.

The college was acquired by The George Washington University in 1999, and their 26-acre (110,000 m2) campus became The George Washington University at Mount Vernon College. Before being purchased by GW, only female students lived on the campus, but now male and female students live on the campus. GW also constructed new athletic fields and other facilities.

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  • Created: October 29, 2008
  • Type: Alumni Group
  • Members: 121