JJ Bullock

At Eastern Illinois University, girls rule and boys drool; at least when it comes to enrollment.

In the fall of 2015 female undergraduate students out numbered male undergraduate students 4302 to 2900, a 3:2 ratio or 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent.

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Infographic by JJ Bullock

Eastern isn’t alone however in this ratio.

Illinois State University in Bloomington also has a ratio very close to 3:2. The University has 11,443 female students to 9363 male students.

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Inforgraphic by JJ Bullock

Although, this trend doesn’t reign true across the state.

The University of Illinois in Champaign has 24,322 male students and 19,761 female students. Likewise, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has 9,215 male students to 8,077 females.

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Inforgraphics by JJ Bullock screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-9-46-27-am

The outlier among the state’ universities is Western Illinois which has 1:1 ratio of female to male students.

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What makes certain universities more attractive to a particular gender is up to debate.

Josh Bullock, the President of Lake Land College in Mattoon, Il, which has a female population of 55 percent to 45 percent male, suggested that because certain majors at universities tend to be popular, and those majors tend to attract a majority of a particular gender, that could affect the enrollment.

For example, University of Illinois, which is renowned for its engineering program has more male students, this fits with the fact that roughly 80 percent of engineering majors are male.

One thing that is for sure however is that the high number of female students compared to male students at Eastern  has been, well received by the boys to say the least.

“It’s a very positive thing,” Eastern sophomore Jose Gomez said. “The thing is, would you rather have more guys than girls? That’s the thing, I’m pretty sure you don’t want that. So having more girls than guys; of course….always.”

“Think about it, three girls to every two guys, that means one guy is going to get two girls, so if you think of it very very wisely, that could be you,” Gomez added.

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