This year, the freshman class at many universities could have been called the fresh woman class. Among those enrolling at my university this year, the percentage of females jumped to 70. Since we don’t yet have an “undecided” category for gender that means the percentage of males fell to 30. While many are asking why so many women are going to college it might make more sense to ask why so few men are going to college.
There are some fairly obvious reasons for the demographic shift. While claiming to be combatting a hostile environment for women, the feminist movement has actually been creating a hostile campus environment for men for years. In fact, most of their policy initiatives are now hurting men rather than helping women. Title IX provides the most obvious example.
How soon before many universities across the country turn to 70% women? Perhaps this is not such a bad thing for men as a college degree isn’t worth much anymore. That said, men should not be kept out of college due to a hostile environment. And many women don’t want to go to a college that is mostly female. It is a lose/lose for all students. The only winners are diversity offices and government officials who use these policies to keep their jobs secure.