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Women outnumber men on college campuses nationwide


Megan Middendorf is a nursing student at Rockford University.  She's not alone in her pursuits, in fact she is the majority.

"We have about 40 students for our semester and there's about three or four guys. The rest are girls," says Middendorf.

Women aren't just out numbering men on college campuses, they're also taking home more diplomas.

At Rockford University, only 27 percent of the students who graduated with bachelors degrees in 2013 were male. Nationally, it's estimated 140 women will earn a degree for every 100 men.

It wasn't always this way, men were the dominant gender on college campuses before the 1980's. But according to the Department of Education, something switched.

"I think our society's changed. We're seeing more women in the workforce today. We're seeing more stay at home dads. And I think we mirror oftentimes in our majors, what students are studying, the world today," says Bradley Knotts, Dean of Students for Rockford University.

The story is similar at  Rock Valley College, where 56 percent of the current student body is female.

"It may be that simply they're thinking of ways in which they might better their lives, in some cases they may be a single parent, or have a single income in their family. and so they may nedd to do whatever they can in order to try to increase their family's income," says Amy Diaz, Vice President of Student Development for RVC.  

Diaz says these gender disparities don't worry school administrators, "I think we would be more concerned with looking at things like race and ethnicity, and where there might be achievement gaps among students of color as compared to other students."

Another trend at RVC, more students are choosing to go to school part time.  That number has jumped to 58 percent.

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