Oread Institute

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Global Influence / U.S. Influence
Women's college in Worcester, Massachusetts

About Oread Institute

According to Wikipedia, The Oread Institute was a women's college founded in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1849 by Eli Thayer. Before its closing in 1934, it was one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States. According to the Worcester Women's History Project:"The Oread offered three levels of instruction: primary, academic and collegiate. The four-year collegiate program offered a classical, college-level curriculum and is thought to be the first institution of its kind exclusively for women in the country. It was modeled after the program at Brown University, Thayer’s alma mater".Two graduates of Oread, Sophia Packard and ornamental music teacher Harriet Giles, would eventually found Spelman College, named after Oread graduate Laura Spelman Rockefeller. Laura Spelman was the future wife of John D. Rockefeller, having attended Oread while her future husband, who dropped out of Cleveland's Central High School in the 1850s, worked as a clerk.

Oread Institute's Online Degrees

What Is Oread Institute Known For?

Oread Institute is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Oread Institute's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are Oread Institute's Most Influential Alumni?

Oread Institute's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, and Nursing. Here are some of Oread Institute's most famous alumni:

Sara Plummer Lemmon
Sara Plummer Lemmon
An American botanist .
Agnes Ellen Harris
Agnes Ellen Harris
An American home economics academic .
Harriette Merrifield Forbes
An American author, artist, gardener and botanical collector .

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