2. "Critters"


Beginning in 1963, Princeton enrolled a limited number of women undergraduates as temporary transfer students through the Ford Foundation’s Critical Language Program, which promoted the study of the language, culture, and political organizations of nations with special geopolitical significance, such as Russia, China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. These women, known on campus as “critters,” were permitted to attend Princeton after exhausting relevant academic opportunities at their own institutions. This yearbook picture shows the critters of 1967-68 at their residence on Library Place. The critters were mostly juniors and always returned to their colleges for senior year, receiving degrees only from their home institutions. In 1969, however, when Princeton announced the advent of coeducation, 9 of the 16 critters of 1968-69 permanently transferred and became the first female Princeton graduates as part of the class of 1970.