Christine Crist describes life at Dickinson when the men go off to war...

The Big Impact of WWII
Date: 
Fall 1990

In an interview with Christine Crist (Class of 1946), the Dickinson graduate describes life at Dickinson College when a majority of the male students left for World War II. She guesses that the ratio of men to women prior to the war was five-to-one and reports that, in 1943, "the heart of the student body was picked up." In 1945, 11 men and 41 women graduated from Dickinson College, reflecting the male-to-female ratio after the war began. The college suffered during this period, and Christine explains that the students "really feared for the college['s] survival." The students left on campus were women, pre-ministerial students, and 4-F's, people who could not serve in the military for physical reasons.

Location of Document in Archives: 
World War II Oral History, Crist, Christine