Starting in fall 2003, Hood College in Frederick, Md., will allow men to live on campus for the first time in the school's 109-year history.
The college's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday for the change.
Dave Diehl, director of communications and public relations, said the move will enable Hood to increase student enrollment.
"We will better serve the Frederick community and the region by opening the college to men," Diehl said.
Men have attended the college since 1971, but they have not been able to live on campus, he said.
Talk of allowing male students to live on campus began as part of a planning process started by college President Ronald J. Volpe in 2001, according to a written statement.
Diehl said the school has enough room to accommodate male residents on campus and will not have to build additional dormitories.