Elizabeth Blackwell is accepted to Geneva College

She attended Geneva College in New York.

She was accepted there — anecdotally, because the faculty put it to a student vote, and the students thought her application was a hoax — and braved the prejudice of some of the professors and students to complete her training. Blackwell is said to have replied that if the instructor was upset by the fact that Student No. 156 wore a bonnet, she would be pleased to remove her conspicuous headgear and take a seat at the rear of the classroom, but that she would not voluntarily absent herself from a lecture. However, most of the faculty and students were very polite to her. Blackwell's male peers treated her as an older sister.

After much trying, this determined five-foot-one inch woman was admitted to Geneva Medical College, a forerunner of Hobart College in Geneva, New York. Her months there were extremely difficult. Townspeople and male students ostracized and harassed her, and even barred her from classroom participation at first.

Elizabeth Blackwell was rejected by all the leading schools to which she applied, and almost all the other schools as well. When her application arrived at Geneva Medical College at Geneva, New York, the administration asked the students to decide whether to admit her or not. The students, reportedly believing it to be only a practical joke, endorsed her admission.

When they discovered that she was serious, both students and townspeople were horrified. She had few allies and was an outcast in Geneva. At first, she was even kept from classroom medical demonstrations, as inappropriate for a woman. Most students, however, became friendly, impressed by her ability and persistence.

She managed to acquire a place and attended Geneva College in New York studying medicine. She was treated with sheer disgust by many people who believed that medicine was a totally unsuitable career for a woman