University Statistics Reflect Data Showing Higher-Achieving Women

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Women outnumber men at UT, and college-age women care more about having a successful, high-paying career, according to recent research.

For the last four years, the enrollment of women at the University has exceeded male enrollment. These figures are reflective of new survey data from the Pew Research Center, which found that a high-paying career is “one of the most important things” in the lives of young women with college degrees.

Pew found that 66 percent of women 18 to 34 years old are interested in having a successful career or profession — a 10 percent increase from the last time Pew collected the poll data in 1997. Men rose 1 percentage point to 59 percent.

Female enrollment makes up about half of the total enrollment at the University and 51.3 percent of total undergraduate enrollment, according to data from the Office of Information Management and Analysis.

Both freshmen and summer enrollment is higher for women, while male students are more likely to transfer into the University. The rising trend of female enrollment will continue into 2012, when women will receive 56 percent of offers of admission, said Gary Lavergne, program manager for the Office of Admissions.

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