Study Tracks Shrinking Share Of Men On College Campuses

Although leftists have spent decades railing against a supposed “gender gap” they claim has prevented women from participating in society at the same level as men, such efforts have arguably only served to suppress male achievement rather than improve the status of females.

One example of this trend can be found in college enrollment. While high school graduates have been pursuing higher education at a lower rate for various reasons in recent years, a new report from the Pew Research Center reveals that a majority of that decline is attributed to young men.

Last year, about 1.2 million fewer individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 enrolled in college compared to the recent high recorded in 2011. Broken down by gender, that total amounted to roughly 1 million fewer men and just 200,000 fewer women.

This disparity can be easily identified in charts showing the percentage of men and women who make up the collective student body at U.S. colleges today.

Across all colleges, men account for just 44% of enrollees, which is a three-point drop since 2011. The decline has been even more precipitous among four-year colleges and universities, where the share of men has dropped to 42%.

Over the same period, research found that the rate of high school graduation has increased slightly, but fewer of those graduates are going on to apply for college. Fewer than two-fifths of male high school graduates go on to enroll in college compared to 47% of their female counterparts.

The gap between White males and females is the widest of all racial groups included in the study. White women are 10 percentage points more likely to enroll in college than White men, which is a sharp increase from the four percentage points that separated them in 2011.

For those who have chosen not to pursue a college education after graduating from high school, the reasons given in a 2021 Pew Research poll were notably different between men and women.

Female respondents were more likely than males to indicate that they could not afford to attend a four-year college whereas men were more likely than women to indicate that they simply did not have a desire or see the need for additional education.