The Gender Gap in College Enrollments Is More Pronounced in Nontraditional Age Groups

Census_Bureau_seal.svgA new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that college enrollments in the United States have dropped for the second consecutive year. The data shows that in October 2013, 19,930,000 students were enrolled in college or graduate schools in the United States. Of these, 11,327,000, or 56.8 percent, were women.

In the age group where students traditional have gone to college, 18 to 24, there were 12,456,000 students enrolled in college or graduate school in October 2012. Of these, 6,726,000, or 54 percent were women. So it appears that the gender gap in college enrollments is wider in the nontraditional age groups than is the case for those in the traditional college-going age group of 18 to 24. In fact, for those over the age of 35, the number of women enrolled in college and graduate school is nearly twice the number of men. For those over 45, the number of women enrolled is more than double the number of men.

The report, School Enrollment in the United States, 2013, can be accessed here.

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