Raleigh's Women's Schools Flourish In Midst Of Downturn

While the number of women's colleges in the United States continues to decline, single-sex schools seem to be thriving in the Research Triangle area.

This fall, Meredith College in Raleigh enrolled its largest ever freshman class.

Both Meredith and Peace College have raised tens of millions of dollars, recruited many more minority students and started international partnerships.

Peace College president Laura Bingham says her school is rising with Wake County's economic boom and Raleigh's increasingly robust downtown.

The school is located just north of the legislative mall and is adjacent to a new housing development that was previously the site of public housing.

Meredith president Maureen Hartford oversaw a fundraising campaign that brought in more than $41 million, about half of which will go to student scholarships and financial aid for study abroad.

There are just 51 womens colleges left in the United States, two fewer than a year ago.