Posted by: abaybay123 | October 24, 2007

The Gender Gap of College Enollment

While skimming a variety of new posts on the College Confidential blogging site, I came across an interesting post on the gender gap of college enrollments. The post was asking how people felt about a news article regarding this topic. I found the following excerpt provides the public with a general understanding of the differential in sex in the college world:

As women continue to enroll at higher rates than men, some colleges have begun to alter admission rates for both men and women. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2006, women made up 56 percent of the total undergraduate students in the United States.

“In my experience, I have seen instances where the admissions bar is set a little lower for boys, compared to girls,” said Bari Norman, an independent college counselor and former admissions officer at Barnard College.

“With somewhat relaxed admissions standards, a reach school may very well become their reality,” Norman said on the increasing opportunities for males.

U.S. News and World Report published a list this past summer labeling 18 schools “Girls Need Not Apply.” The magazine selected these colleges, which include the University of Richmond, Boston College and Fordham University, for their increasing disparity between male and female admissions over the past 10 years.

Number five on the list, The College of William and Mary, has an 11 percent lower acceptance rate for women, yet their student body is still 57 percent female.

This quote appealed to me because colleges are beginning to realize that in general, there are more women enrolled in men. In order to even out this disparity, college admissions are lowering the acceptance rate on women, while tending to be a little bit more lenient on the men. Although this seems to be unfair, it could prove to be necessary to ensure equality of gender in college. This article relates to my essay topic in that they both are concerns of educational biases. It will be interesting to see how the gender differential will play into the field of the SATs. The SATs are often considered to be a biased test, although mostly having to do with race rather than gender. With the presence of women in colleges exceeding the number of men, and the wealthy whites being favored in the SATs against minorities, it seems as if there is no solution to ensure eductional equality.


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