June 28, 2007
Posted by Sam Jackson
U.S. News & World Report ran a story two weeks ago about the "drastically higher" rejection rates women face at many colleges compared to men. This well known fact comes as no shock to those who know the numbers-- more females graduate from high school and more of them seek college degrees than do their male counterparts. Their percentage in colleges and universities continues to grow. Alex Kingsbury describes the stats, informing us that "From rough parity in 1980, women made up 57 percent of the 16.6 million American collegegoers in 2006. By 2010, the Department of Education expects the ratio to be around 60 to 40." What's the magic of that 60/40 number? According to Kingsbury, "anecdotal evidence suggests that once a campus reaches, say, a 60-to-40 split in favor of either gender, the college becomes less attractive to applicants of both sexes."