Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

During the 1932-1933 academic year, young men from the Greensboro area were allowed to enroll at Woman’s College (now UNCG) as non-degree seeking undergraduate students. Parents and the young men themselves petitioned for admittance, citing dire financial constraints due to the Great Depression. In total 80 men enrolled at WC that year (48 freshman, 21 sophomores, two juniors, and nine others). A group of these students formed a basketball team, known as the Tom Cats. Games were scheduled against Elon, High Point, Guilford College, and other nearby institutions. In January 1933, the team scored its first victory, with a 14-11 win over Liberty.

The experiment in coeducation lasted on that one academic year. Male undergraduates were not allowed to enroll as degree-seeking students until Fall 1964.