Rule of 500

Rule of 500 [ruhl·ov·fyv·hun·dred] n. University co-founder Jane Stanford's 1899 decree to restrict women's enrollment to only 500 persons, intended as a permanent limit.



*NOTE: Stanford Trustees would eventually undo this edict, at first moving to re-extend the number to "40% of the student body" in 1933, amid the Great Depression, and later (1972) by petitioning the court to remove such limits entirely.

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