Girton College, near Cambridge, justly occupies the place of honor in England's renowned universities. The distinguishing feature of Girton College is that it purposes to give exactly the same education to young women that the University of Cambridge gives to young men. The commencing of the movement for its establishment may be said to date back to 1865, when the university first threw open its higher local examinations to young women as well as to young men. With a few alterations the routine of life at Girton is very much the same as in all the ladies' colleges. The hours of refection are much the same as in all homes. Breakfast, after prayers at eight, goes on from a quarter-past eight to nine. Luncheon is a movable feast from twelve to three. The dinner hour is six. There is tea at four, and again at nine in the evening. The lectures are generally given in the afternoon. There is a reading-room, with use of pianos. The students may invite friends to lunch or dinner, but these friends must always be ladies, an exception being made in the case of father or guardian. There is a certain amount of discipline maintained. Three times a day the ladies have to enter their names on the marking-roll. The gates are closed at dusk in summer, and at six o'clock in winter. Any application for leave of absence must be supported by medical certificates. There is a strict strict entrance examination in necessary and optional subjects, except for those who have passed such difficult examinations as the matriculation examination of the University of London and the Oxford and Cambridge local examinations for sen or students. The standard of these examinations is consistently kept up all through the scholastic term. But there is a lighter side to all these severe experiences. The fair undergraduates, for such they really are, are after all very human. There is always music going on indoors, and lawn tennis out of doors. There are "at homes," dancing, old students' dinners, and a choral society. They have their own periodical and their own debating society, and, what is now becoming very common among ladies, a Browning society.
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May 06, 2017