Earlier this month an essay was published in Time Magazine entitled “Affirmative Action for Boys.” The piece raises awareness around the issue that the number of women on college campuses in the U.S. is starting to surpass men; noticeably at some universities. As mentioned in the essay Gibbs spoke with Jason Zelesky, associate dean of students at Clark University in Mass. which is currently initiating a program to help the men on campus.
Taking a local look, I was able to go through the University of Missouri’s registrar to look at enrollment trends from over a century. Unfortunately, such in depth information is not available for Columbia College. The gender gap on MU’s campus is not very large at the moment, therefore the admissions office will not comment on the chance the gap can increase. Based on MU’s most recent data which is from the fall of 2006, the women only slightly outnumber the men 52.9% to 47.1%.
Columbia College has a larger gap, however, their admissions office reminds people that Columbia was originally an all female university, so there is a chance that their campus still has a larger attraction to the female population. The most recent information given from Columbia is from fall 2007. Their numbers list females at 61% males at 39%.
This could just be due to a population trend. According to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, females make up 50.9% of the country’s population. As of Oct. 2005 females made up 56% of college undergraduates and 59% of graduates.
Because there was so much information available from MU’s registrar, memorable years from American history were taken to create a timeline to correspond with enrollment. Columbia College was also added for the years that were given.
- 1862: Civil War, 64 students enrolled
- 1867: The first woman enrolls at MU, 87 total enrolled
- 1892: Academic Hall fire, 631 students enrolled
- 1900: 1,038 students enrolled
- 1911: MU’s first homecoming, 3,063 students enrolled
- 1912: World War I begins, 3,287 students enrolled
- 1917: The U.S. enters WWI, 3,287 students enrolled
- 1941: The bombing of Pearl Harbor, 5,725 students; 73.8% male
- 1943: 1,938 students; 59.5% female
- 1944: 2,239 students; 61% female
- 1945: World War II ends, 3,936 students; 53.4% male
- 1961: Vietnam, 12,949 students; 69% male
- 1963: Assassination of JFK, 15,004 students; 66.2% male
- 1967: MU reaches 20,000 students
- 1969: Woodstock, 21,082 students; 61% male
- 1970: Christian Female College changes from a two-year all-female college to Columbia College, a four-year coeducational college
- 1975: Vietnam War ends, 23,524 students; 58.1% male
- 1986: Hands Across America, 22,532 students; 51% male
- 1989: Berlin Wall comes down; 24,220 students; 50.9% male
- 1994: Females officially surpass males on MU’s campus, 22,136; 51% female
- 2001: Gary Pinkel becomes head football coach for the Tigers, 23,666 students; 52.2% female
- 2003: Columbia College, 10,152 students; 57% female
- 2004: Columbia College, 11,017 students; 61% female
- 2005: Columbia College, 11,737 students; 58% female
- 2006: MU, 28,253 students; 52.9% female. Columbia College, 12,281 students; 58% female
- 2007: Columbia College, 12,955 students; 61% female