Rev. Tom Blantz, C.S.C. '57, '63 M.A. | Jan. 22, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
I served as Vice President for Student Affairs from 1970 to ’72, and thus I will simply share some reflections on the background for this decision to admit undergraduate women.
As I recall, there were several reasons for it. First, every university continually wants to better itself, that means attracting better faculty and better students, and Notre Dame was attracting students from only one half the human race — males. If Notre Dame were open to women that would greatly increase the overall pool, and the quality of the student body should increase.