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EXHIBIT: Of Bronze and Bravery: Local Voices of Conscience

A guide to the companion exhibit to "Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War"

Bluffton College Enrollment & the Great War

Enrollment at Bluffton College suffered most during the 1918-1919 academic year.  As the war ended and more male students returned to campus, the need for a men’s residence hall became clear.  The data presented here is taken from data reported in the annual college catalog.  Separate counts for men and women were reported beginning with the 1922-23 year.

Fall 1913 Classes begin at the newly reorganized Bluffton College and Mennonite Seminary
1913-1914 198 students enrolled
1914-1915 274
1915-1916 352
1916-1917 352
8 May 1917 Selective Service Act of 1917 passes
1917-1918 340
1918-1919 232
11 November 1918 Armistice; WWI ends
1919-1920 342
1920-1921 337
1921-1922 361
1922-1923 332  (157 men, 175 women)
1923-1924 363  (170 men, 193 women)
January 1924 Lincoln Hall opens as residence hall for men
1924-1925 395  (201 men, 194 women)
1925-1926 406  (209 men, 197 women)