Deep Springs College inched closer to becoming coeducational last week after a California Appeals Court ruled it could admit women. Deep Springs’ board voted in 2011 to end its practice of only admitting men but litigation from some alumni has held up the policy change for 6 years and counting.
Deep Springs College occupies a rather unique niche in the American university system. With an enrollment of just 26, it is the smallest college in the country and also one of the most academically rigorous. All students are on full-ride scholarships and taken an intensive course load at the 2-year college in the high desert while also managing the school and its farm. Nearly all of the graduates successfully transfer to top colleges such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago and Yale to complete their four-year degrees.