When Co-Ed University Halls Were New…

These photos by Bill Ray document the advent of co-ed dorms in Oberlin College, 1970. It’s funny to think of a time where boys and girls living together was so radical. The LIFE magazine editor, Ralph Graves, who published these photos in 1970 stated:

“This week’s cover of a boy and girl living in a co-ed dorm at Oberlin College will, I know from experience, bring anguished letters from some readers… Although co-ed dorms are a major phenomenon on the American campus … some readers will protest that we are ‘celebrating’ or ‘endorsing’ or ‘glorifying’ a controversial situation by putting it on LIFE’s cover.”

by Eloise Blondiau

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