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The number of young men enrolled in colleges across the U.S. is decreasing.

Sep 08 2021

The number of young men enrolled in colleges across the U.S. is decreasing. For 40 years, the education gap in the U.S. has been widening as women continue to outpace males in enrollment rates at two- and four-year colleges. At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, 40.5% of college students were men and 59.5% were women—an all-time high according to enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse. The trend has accelerated because of the pandemic (nearly 700,000 fewer students were enrolled in colleges in spring 2021 compared with spring 2019), and according to one expert some young men quit school to get jobs and help with family finances as women left jobs to stay home with children during the pandemic. One student who withdrew from Bowling Green State University after starting his freshman year online during the pandemic notes, “College seems like, to me at least, the only logical path you can take in America…but for now, it is too big a struggle financially and academically.” YPulse’s recent education research found that 55% of students say their education has been severely set back because of COVID-19, and some are viewing work experience as more valuable than a college degree. (WSJ)