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Photo illustration by Kristen Ed. This illustration is representative of the statistic that two men were enrolled at Eastern Illinois University for every three women enrolled in the fall of 2015.

By Kristen Ed

Eastern Illinois University saw a fairly low ratio of men to women enrolled in the fall of 2015, equating to two men for every three women.

More specifically, EIU had 3,407 males enrolled and 5,113 females enrolled that semester.

This is a slightly decreased ratio of men from the fall prior, when 3,534 males and 5,379 females were enrolled at EIU.

Jo Stauder, a senior sociology major, said, “That’s actually more than I thought.”

Stauder said they thought the low ratio of males compared to females is due to EIU’s large education program, a program they figured many more females would tend to pursue than males.

“We want women to pursue all sorts of careers, but that’s kind of the way it is,” Stauder said. They were commenting on the views of Fem, EIU’s feminist organization, in which they serve as secretary.

As it turns out, females across the U.S. are outnumbering men in college enrollment, and have been since the late 1970s, according to Forbes.

Stauder guessed that females didn’t outnumber men at every college, though. “I think U of I probably has more men, because engineering,” they said. “I think a lot of it is based on what genders traditionally go for what majors and what people are socialized to study.”

Stauder, who is also a transgender student, said, “I also know that people with genders that are not men and women are not taken into account in the stats.”

They hoped transgender enrollment would be included in the statistics some day.

 

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