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Parents of Wells College students unhappy with the school's decision to admit men are raising money to pay for legal action against the college's board of trustees.

The group has organized under the name Wells College Parents Association, said Rachel Dickinson of Freeville, whose daughter, Railey Savage, is a sophomore.

In October, trustees agreed to admit male students to Wells beginning in 2005. For nearly two decades, Wells has been unable to stimulate enrollment beyond the 400 student level, despite intensive recruitment techniques and strong student financial aid programs, say school officials.

The 136-year-old school, established by Wells Fargo founder Henry Wells, currently has 302 full-time students and about 90 commuters. The school wants 450 full-time students.

When the decision was announced, more than 150 students protested in front of the campus Administration Building for more than a week.

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