NEWS BRIEFS: College Enrollment Declines Feature Drop in Attendance by Young Men

FROM PEW RESEARCH College enrollment among young Americans has been gradually declining over the past decade. In 2022, the total number of 18-—to 24-year-olds enrolled in college was down by approximately 1.2 million from its peak in 2011.

Bar chart showing that the share of 18- to 24-year-old college students who are men has declined since 2011, driven by a decrease at 4-year colleges

Most of the decline is due to fewer young men pursuing college. About 1 million fewer young men are in college, but only 0.2 million fewer young women. As a result, men make up 44% of young college students today, down from 47% in 2011, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data.

Today, men represent only 42% of students ages 18 to 24 at four-year schools, down from 47% in 2011.

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