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Some local college students made history this week by going where no man has gone before.

Columbia College welcomed the first male residential students in its 167-year history to campus, with the men moving into their new home in Hudson Hall.

The college, founded in 1854 as Columbia Female College, served only women for most of its existence. In recent years, male students were welcomed, starting with evening classes, but not in on-campus dorms until now.

The new arrivals settled in after months of preparation by the college, more than a year of recruitment, and even a special order of extra-long mattresses.

When asked what they were excited about as the first class of residential men, many responded that it was fun to be a part of “making history,” in the words of incoming freshman Oby Vega.

“Today’s move-in is the culmination of a lot of work by the entire community from our alums to our board, faculty, staff, and of course the current students,” said Columbia College President Tom Bogart. “We saw a great opportunity to broaden our outreach and get our education to a broader population of men of course, but also of women. Most women today are looking for a co-educational environment.”

College officials say Columbia College will remain an institution that seeks to empower women and equip all students to thrive personally and professionally, while living lives of impact.

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