|Coates College (1885-1897)|
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
The school opened on October 6, 1885, and included three women faculty members. Though the college was formally nondenominational, the by-laws mandated two-thirds of the board be Presbysterian and the Bible to be the "chief textbook." Just three students enrolled the first year. But by 1889-1990, enrollment had grown to more than one hundred students and three bachelors degrees were offered. Coates aimed to be the "Wellesley of the Midwest" and modeled its curriculum after those of Wellesley and Vassar College.