Coeducation at Princeton University
In 1967 Princeton University president Robert F. Goheen announced in The Daily Princetonian that "It is inevitable that, at some point in the future, Princeton is going to move into the education of women." Women were first accepted in 1969: 40 members of the class of 1973 and 90 transfer students.
Women in World War II Defense Courses
In 1942, Princeton started allowing women in some US-government funded defense courses on topics such as photogrammetry and map-making. According to the student newspaper, the reason for this change was a great need by the government for map-makers and other "sub-professional engineering" positions, which were open to women. The course was offered free of charge but required multiple years of college training or equivalent experience as a pre-requisite and everyone who completed the program was eligible for immediate employment with the National Defense Mapping program. There were 23 women in the very first class. 87 classes followed, with a total of 482 women out of 3619 students overall in the courses in the Engineering, Science, and Management War Training program sponsored by the US Department of Education.
Cooperative Program in Critical Languages
In 1963 Princeton began hosting the Cooperative Program in Critical Languages, which was a project to admit students from 32 participating schools for 2-4 semesters starting after their sophomore year at their home university. The students in the program were expected to return to graduate at their home universities after completion of the program. The project was supported with a Ford Foundation grant. The program offered language and cultural studies in Chinese, Japanese, Arabi, Russian, Persian, and Turkish.
In the first year 35 students applied and 10 were female. Of those, 14 were admitted to the program and 5 were women. Soon after the program started girls began making requests to transfer into the program as seniors rather than after their sophomore year. The girls "requested, begged, and pleaded" to be able to transfer during senior years, and "after discussing among themselves plans for a nude-in in Nassau Hall the administrators decided to reverse decisions" to disallow this practice.
Female Faculty during Early Coeducation
A number of female faculty were hired during the coeducation period. 
- Joan S. Girgus
- Carol K. Hall
- Darcy B. Kelley
- Jane E. Menken
- Nancy Weiss Malkiel (formerly Nancy Weiss)
- "Goheen: 'Coeducation Is Inevitable'", The Daily Princetonian, 17 May 1967. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "Princeton told to expect coeds". The New York Times. 17 May 1967.
- Natalie Zemon Davis, Stephen Ferguson, Anthony T. Grafton, Linda Lierheimer, Carol Quillen, and Patricia Schechter (1990). Gender in the Academy. Princeton University Library.
- "College Admits Women to New Defense Course". Daily Princetonian. May 30, 1942. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
- She Flourishes - Chapters in the History of Princeton Women, an exhibit at Princeton University with content taken from Historical Subject Files, Campus Life. 2012.
- "Ten Girls Among 35 Applicants for Language Program Posts". The Daily Princetonian 88 (49). 20 April 1964.
- ""Critters" Apply for Transfers". The Daily Princetonian 93 (57). 29 April 1969.
- "CL Girls, no longer rarities, still prefer Old Nassau". The Daily Princetonian 93 (72). 21 June 1969.
- "Faculty appointments include 13 newcomers, 3 promotions". Retrieved 20 February 2013.