This week, College Fix Senior Reporter Christian Schneider appeared on The John Steigerwald Show in Pittsburgh to discuss his recent article about how women are surging ahead of men on college campuses in America.
From Schneider’s article:
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 57.8 percent of all undergraduate college degrees and nearly 60 percent of all master’s degrees will be earned by women in 2018. All total, 420,000 more women than men will earn Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degrees this year.
According to NCES data, 44 percent of all American women in 2016 between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, compared to only 39 percent of all males in the same age group. That same year, 38.9 percent of all women between the ages of 25 and 34 had a bachelor’s or higher degree; only 31.1 percent of men could say the same.
For the most part, Ivy League schools maintain a relatively equal gender balance between males and females — although historically, women had always been behind and have only recently made strides to catch up. But at America’s larger public schools, women have pulled ahead, often dramatically.
According to U.S. News and World’s Report’s 2019 “Best Public Schools” ranking, campuses at America’s best public universities are now majority-female.
At the University of California-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, and the University of Texas-Austin, women make up 53 percent of the student body. At the University of Virginia, it’s 55 percent, at the University of Georgia and UCLA it’s 57 percent, at the College of William and Mary, it’s 58 percent, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill boasts a 59 percent female campus.
On the radio, Schneider and Steigerwald discussed these findings and the possible causes of men falling behind in college.
Listen to the full interview here: