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Is college more important for women?

September 5, 2011 by Jacob Hawley
Posted in: Enrollment, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life

A new study raises questions about the value of college according to men and women. 

Half of all college-educated women say the value for the money spent is “excellent” or “good” – but only 37% of male graduates agree, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

This split among gender lines may reflect a generally more positive view of college in women than in men. Women who have graduated from college were also more likely than men to say their education helped them to grow both personally and intellectually.

The public seems to agree: 77% of Americans surveyed said a college education was necessary for a woman to get ahead in life, while only 68% said that about men.

These polling numbers line up with the general increase of women who have completed college since the early 90’s. In 2010, 36% of women ages 25-29 had obtained a bachelors degree, compared to 28% of men in this age group.

Check out the rest of the survey’s findings here.

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