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A Women’s College Survives Death Only to Lose Half Its Students

Genny Kelley has deep ties to Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s school, famed for its equestrian program and idyllic campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Still, Kelley won’t be coming back for her junior year. It doesn’t matter that alumnae last week saved the financially struggling school from closing down -- or that Kelley, the second generation to attend Sweet Briar, played lacrosse, sang a cappella and belonged to the college comedy club.