Class Profile — 1910

Profile of Class of 1910

106 admitted in June 1906 (after the entering class being flagged by the Bursar as containing an excess of Jews and others of foreign extraction)
Graduating Class of 94
1925 A/Register has 95
Residence at Admission
Almost 2/3s of the Class (64 of 94) came from New York City, with most of them from Manhattan (36), and most of them from the Upper West Side (24)
Almost 20% of the others came from New Jersey
Only 2 members came from outside the Northeast (Oregon/S Carolina)
as listed in Barnard Mortarboard for 1910 https://archive.org/details/mortarboard1619barn

Prior preparation
Most prepared in public high schools (78%)
NYC – 39%
Elsewhere – 39%
Private school/private tutor – 22%    [only 1 identified as from a boarding school]
[Liggett to Plimpton, June 20, 1906] — http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/ram31/trustees/n-w-liggett-to-george-a-plimpton-1906/

Religion
Upwards of 70% of the graduating class were likely Protestant, with 10-15% likely Jewish, and another 10-15% Catholic
[Based on membership in YWCA (=Protestant); Craigie Club (=Catholic); for Jews, being identified by Bursar Liggett and not being in a fraternity as listed in Barnard Mortarboard for 1910
https://archive.org/details/mortarboard1619barn
Marital outcomes (15 years after graduation)
41 married (50% of those with known marital circumstances)
41 single
12 with uncertain marital circumstances
[As stated in Alumnae Register (1925) — http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b112564

Occupations
29 of the 41 single graduates (71%) were employed
As high school teachers — 15
1 college professor

1 teacher of typewriting
In office/secretarial positions 10
1 lawyer
1 nurse

9 of the 41 married graduates (22%) were employed
4 were in secretarial positions
2 were high school teachers
1 was a college professor
1 owned/managed a cafeteria
1 was a bond saleswoman
7 self-identified as volunteers
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b112564
Last updated: February 3, 2015
ram31@columbia.edu

 

4 thoughts on “Class Profile — 1910

  1. The class of 1899 was made up of students from only New York and New Jersey while, only 11 years later, the class of 1910 included students from Oregon and South Carolina. I’m curious as to how and why Barnard began drawing students from outside the Northeast.

    1. Amanda, You are right about these outlanders appearing at Barnard. But as a percentage of each class, did they get much bigger faster?

      RMc

  2. I haven’t been able to find it yet, but is there any information on the academic criteria that admission candidates were judged on? Standardized testing, essays, interviews, etc.

  3. I haven’t been able to find it yet, but is there any information on the academic criteria that admission candidates were judged on during this time? Standardized testing, essays, interviews, etc.

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