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Bistration,
y the beginning of the sixth year of the Scales admin-
the “New Dorm” having been completed and occu-
pied, enrollment in the College had reached what the Trustees then
called an “ideal population” for Wake Forest: a size, Scales said, on
which the University “has reached consensus.” There were 2895 under-
graduates: 1865 men and 1030 women. The presence of women at
Wake Forest, Scales was pleased to say, had become “total, perva-
sive, inescapable,” and he could point to the election of Marylou
Cooper of Wilson as the first female president of the student body
and the appointment of Margaret Perry as registrar.
The number of black students in the College had risen to ninety-
five, or 3.3 per cent of the undergraduate student body. This increase
placed Wake Forest between the University of North Carolina, where
4.4 per cent of the students were black, and North Carolina State
University, which reported a percentage of 1.6. Wake Forest also
appointed its first black Trustee—Howard Lee, Mayor of Chapel
Hill—and its first black admissions counselor, Charles M. Carter.
In the fall of 1972 half the students in the College were from
North Carolina. States that came next in representation at Wake
Forest were all to the north: Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
and Pennsylvania. Forty undergraduates were studying abroad:
in Venice, Dijon, and Madrid.
Total enrollment at the University in 1972 was 3968, a new re-
cord. 348 were in law, 316 in medicine, 118 at the Babcock School,
and 291 in the Graduate School. For the first time a Ph.D. program
in chemistry was offered: the second Reynolda Campus department,
following biology, to offer a doctoral degree.
chapter seven
1972–1973
The Sixth-Year Plateau
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