Report: Gender Gap in College Enrollment Likely to Grow


The gender gap in four-year college enrollment is likely continuing to grow, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

About 59 percent of those surveyed said they planned to attend a four-year college. Of that group, 68 percent were female, and 51 percent were male.

Female students are also more likely to worry a lot about getting into the college of their choice. About 37 percent of female students said they worried compared to 26 percent of male students.

The survey also highlighted socioeconomic and educational differences.

More than 70 percent of students whose parents have at least a bachelor’s degree or whose family income was at least $75,000 plan to enroll at a four-year college, compared to less than 50 percent of students who come from families with lower education levels and incomes.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at

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