In 1831, Mississippi College was the first coed college in the US to grant a degree to a woman. Imagine that. Women fought to gain the right to earn bachelor’s degrees, then master’s and PhDs/MDs/JDs.
Now 60% of all college students are made up of women – an all-time high. In 2020-2021, men only made up 40% according to the National Student Clearinghouse.
This trend has been escalating for about 40 years, and if it continues, the number of women may be twice that of men in the next few years.
When looking closely at these numbers, poor and working-class white men are enrolling at lower rates than young Black, Latino, and Asian men from the same economic background. Hmm. What’s going on?