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September 8, 1964: Freshman girls discussed Northeastern University with their “senior hostess” in her room at the new Frank Palmer Speare Residence Hall for Women, which opened to 400 coeds.

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September 8, 1964: Freshman girls discussed Northeastern University with their “senior hostess” in her room at the new Frank Palmer Speare Residence Hall for Women, which opened to 400 coeds.

This is the time of year when high school seniors need to make their decisions about which college they will attend in the fall. Students and parents are making tough choices about what is more important,
graduating from that well-regarded private school or going to a state college and saving money.
Will there be a job after graduation to pay back those loans? In 1921, tuition at MIT was $300.
That might pay for a few textbooks these days.

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In this photo from Sept. 8, 1964, freshman girls discussed life at Northeastern University with their
“senior hostess” in her room at the new Frank Palmer Speare Residence Hall for Women, which opened to 400 coeds. They were among 3,100 freshmen, the largest class in the university’s history at the time.
Dr. Speare, who died in 1954, was the founder and first president of Northeastern University.

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