As women stream into higher education, there are fewer college men.
The number of college men is shrinking. This might be caused by the extreme political correctness or the hysteria over supposed rape culture. Or it may be because men are becoming more nervous about the price of tuition and student loan debt. But there are bound to be cultural implications when a society’s men avoid higher education while women embrace it.
The Denver Post published a piece on the disappearing college men in Colorado: “Men saying ‘no thanks’ to college.”
Some of the young men shunning campus say they don’t want to take on massive student-loan debt.
“If you don’t want to go to college you can go to a trade school and come away with something and not be on the hook for $150,000,” said 28-year-old Adam Stark, who dropped out of college and now is thriving in the music business in Denver.
Others say the campus environment has become testy, even hostile, toward men. “You definitely get the sense you are the problem,” said Maxwell. “One woman once told me that she could use statistics to determine how many of my friends were rapists.”
Whatever the reason, enrollment data show men are becoming less of a presence on college campuses both in Colorado and across the United States.
A higher percentage of Colorado’s female high school graduates than male graduates were enrolled in college from 2009 through 2015, according to state records. In 2015, 61.2 percent of Colorado’s recent female high school graduates attended college in the fall, compared to 51.8 percent of male graduates, according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
A similar trend is occurring nationally. Although more people than ever are attending college, the ratio of male to female students is nearly 1:2. Compare that to 1960,when there were 1.6 males for every female graduating from a U.S. four-year college and 1.55 males for every female undergraduate, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Today, women hold almost 60 percent of all bachelor degrees, and women now account for almost half of students in law, medical and business graduate programs.
Meanwhile, over the past decade about 30 percent of male college students have dropped out during their freshman year, according to education consultant and blogger Daniel Riseman. He is among those in higher education circles that calls the declining number of college males a “silent epidemic.”
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