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The 19th Century: Secession at Yale
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Comparative Enrollment of Southerners
1830: 69 Yale; 16 Harvard; 17 Princeton
1850: 72 Yale; 65 Harvard; 115 Princeton
1860: 33 Yale; 63 Harvard; 113 Princeton

The numbers in 1830 reflect the effect of Calhoun's status as a Yale graduate. Many Southern men came to Yale to emulate Calhoun. The decline between 1850 and 1860 is part of the general rise in sectionalism and is perhaps tied to the demise of the Calliopean Society in 1853.