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College statistics show more women, fewer men enrolling

New fall-term students at OSU-Cascades in Bend
New fall-term students at OSU-Cascades in Bend

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- According to the education search website Erudera, a new analysis indicates that US colleges are being dominated by women, based on the student registrations for the 2021-22 academic year.

The study finds 59.5 percent of U.S. college students were women in 2021, while 40.5 percent were men. 

Here are some other key findings worth noting:

  • Overall, US universities and colleges saw 1.5 million fewer students compared to five years ago, with men's enrollment falling by 71 percent.
  • Statistics show that 400,000 fewer male students were recorded in 2021, compared to a year earlier.
  • Male students at US colleges declined from 42 percent of all enrollments in spring 2019 to 41.4 percent in 2020 and 40.5 percent this year.

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