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Female Students Still Outnumber Male Students

College campuses have long noticed a larger female student body than the guys. Not only have the ladies outnumbered the guys, the have also out performed them. A current study released this week shows that the gap between male and female students has stopped getting bigger. They are also evening out in enrollment in bachelor's degree programs.

One notable exception is young Hispanic men - especially new immigrants - who are falling further behind Hispanic women.

Men account for 43 percent of overall college enrollment and earn 43 percent of bachelor's degrees - figures that have remained consistent since the early 2000s.

However, the analysis by the Washington-based American Council on Education shows the disparity lies largely in the fact that men are much less likely than women to go to college - or return to college - later in life: Undergraduate men age 25 or older are outnumbered by women in the same age group 2-to-1.

"Traditional" students who head directly to college from high school are split between the genders. Men still lead in the number of PhD and MD degrees awarded, while the genders are about even in graduate programs in law and business administration.

Men may be ahead in PhD programs, but women in large numbers are also earning their masters degrees. As stated above, men and women in equal numbers are earning their MBA degrees and degrees like juris doctor programs.


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