Fabulous 50: Lee Hall Becomes First Co-Ed Dorm

Lee Residence Hall, recreation room, 1970s

Lee Residence Hall, recreation room, 1970s

50 years ago in the fall of 1970, Lee Dormitory became the first co-ed dorm at NC State.  The first six floors housed male students while the top upper floors were reserved for female students.  At the time, there were only about 2400 women enrolled at NC State, compared with about 6,900 male students.  

Lee Residence Hall, construction, circa 1964
Lee Residence Hall, construction, circa 1964

There were mixed reactions to the first co-ed living on campus.  In the September 9, 1970 Techncianone student remarked, "I really love Lee.  The rooms are big and the boys are really polite."  Another commented in the March 23, 1970 Technician, "The girls are kind of apathetic about it.  They think it's a good idea but when it comes to moving in, they kind of frown on it.  I don't think it will go over that well."

Students living in a lounge in Lee Hall
Students living in a lounge in Lee Hall, 1995

Despite the initial skepticism, Lee Hall became and remains a popular housing option on campus.  Today it houses the Women in Science and Engineering Village (WISE Village).  

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