Male college enrollment in the U.S. has been declining for a decade, with men now making up 44% of the college population, down from 47% in 2011.
The Pew Research Center’s analysis shows that despite an increase in high school graduates, the number of graduates enrolling in college continues to decline.
Reasons for this trend include a lack of interest and perceived job trade. (Trending: Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case)
Fewer young men are in college because their college enrollment rate has declined since 2011. Only 39% of young men who have completed high school were enrolled in college in 2022, down from 47% in 2011. The gender gap in college enrollment has widened. https://t.co/z7IS7mFk3Z pic.twitter.com/Bp3Y2QkmiS
— Richard Fry (@r_fry1) December 18, 2023
Women have become the majority demographic in college, while overall attitudes toward higher education have turned negative.
The pandemic and student loan crisis have also complicated college attendance and raised questions about the necessity of a degree.