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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Class of 1896

In the early 1890s, the University of North Carolina was a small, all-male, all-white college that offered undergraduate degrees as well as professional training in medicine, law, and pharmacy. In a student body of three hundred, ninety percent were from North Carolina, most from the middle class in the growing Piedmont counties of Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and Wake. At least half of these students were the first in their families to attend college, and many had to work to pay their tuition and expenses.