Gender Advantage at Some Colleges

Yes, sometimes it matters if you’re a boy or a girl.  There have been more women than men applying to, and attending, four-year colleges for the past 30 years.

Most colleges and universities strive to maintain as much gender equivalence as possible to insure a truly co-educational experience. An imbalanced ratio of men to women can impact the entire campus culture. That said, some colleges do have significantly higher acceptance rates for women than for men, and vice versa. 

For example, at schools with a strong engineering or hard science program, men generally apply in much larger number than women, hence giving women a competitive edge. At the highly selective, MIT, the acceptance rate for women is twice as high and at Harvey Mudd College, which only offers majors in engineering and the sciences, women are admitted 2.5 times more often.

According to a recent survey completed by The Washington Post, there are measurable gaps favoring men at some colleges and women at others. Below are partial lists for these institutions.

National Universities with a gender gap favoring men:

·         William and Mary (28 percent women, 42 percent men) 14 points

·         Pepperdine (31 percent women, 44 percent men) 13 points

·         George Washington (41 percent women, 48 percent men) 7 points

·         Brandeis (33 percent women, 39 percent men) 6 points

·         Wake Forest (32 percent women, 38 percent men) 6 points

·         Tufts (15 percent women, 20 percent men) 5 points

·         Brown (7 percent women, 11 percent men) 4 points

·         Stony Brook (39 percent women, 43 percent men) 4 points

·         Vanderbilt (11 percent women, 15 percent men) 4 points

National Universities with a gender gap favoring women:

·         Worcester Polytechnic Institute (54 percent women, 40 percent men) 14 points

·         Clark (60 percent women, 46 percent men) 14 points

·         Georgia Tech (41 percent women, 30 percent men) 11 points

·         Caltech (16 percent women, 6 percent men) 10 points

·         Purdue (65 percent women, 55 percent men) 10 points

·         American (49 percent women, 41 percent men) 8 points

·         California-Davis (44 percent women, 36 percent men) 8 points

·         Lehigh (39 percent women, 31 percent men) 8 points

·         Vermont (77 percent W, 69 percent men) 8 points

·         Wisconsin-Madison (61 percent women, 53 percent men) 8 points

·         Delaware (71 percent women, 64 percent men) 7 points

·         Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (63 percent women, 56 percent men) 7 points

·         MIT (13 percent women, 6 percent men) 7 points

·         Texas at Austin (43 percent women, 36 percent men) 7 points

·         Carnegie Mellon (28 percent women, 22 percent men) 6 points

·         Penn State (53 percent women, 47 percent men) 6 points

·         Boston U. (37 percent women, 32 percent men) 5 points

National Liberal Arts Colleges with a gender gap favoring men:

·         Vassar (19 percent women, 34 percent men) 15 points

·         Wheaton of Illinois (64 percent women, 77 percent men) 13 points

·         Davidson (19 percent women, 26 percent men) 7 points

·         Bates (23 percent women, 28 percent men) 5 points

·         Pomona (10 percent women, 15 percent men) 5 points

·         Bowdoin (13 percent women, 17 percent men) 4 points

·         Carleton (21 percent women, 25 percent men) 4 points

·         Reed (37 percent women, 41 percent men) 4 points

·         Richmond (30 percent women, 34 percent men) 4 points

·         Haverford (23 percent women, 26 percent men) 3 points

National Liberal Arts Colleges with a gender gap favoring women:

·         Harvey Mudd College (23 percent women, 10 percent men) 13 points

·         Earlham (70 percent women, 59 percent men) 11 points

          Allegheny (76 percent women, 67 percent men) 9 points

·         Wheaton of Mass. (73 percent women, 64 percent men) 9 points

·         Furman (72 percent women, 64 percent men) 8 points

·         Connecticut College (40 percent women, 34 percent men) 6 points

·         Lafayette (33 percent women, 27 percent men) 6 points

·         Dickinson (50 percent women, 45 percent men) 5 points

·         Hobart & William Smith (50 percent women, 45 percent men) 5 points

·         Muhlenberg (55 percent women, 50 percent men) 5 points