The shortage of men is changing social life on college campuses, reports the New York Times.
Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education. Researchers there cite several reasons: women tend to have higher grades; men tend to drop out in disproportionate numbers; and female enrollment skews higher among older students, low-income students, and black and Hispanic students.
Without an engineering school, the University of North Carolina is nearly 60 percent female. Female students who tire of “girls’ night out” must pursue the available males aggressively.
Some colleges are practicing affirmative action for males to keep the gender ratios in line. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is analyzing “admissions data from 19 public and private colleges to look at whether they were discriminating against qualified female applicants,” reports the Times.