Title IX 45 Years Later – Impacts on Student Enrollment at ACC Schools

Good evening, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports fans.  

I recently came across this Yale University study from referenced in the New York Times (apparently more and more women are freezing their eggs as they can’t find an educated partner):

The study posits that its subjects [the researchers interviewed 150 women] have been unlucky in love because there is a “dearth of educated men to marry.” There is in fact a gender gap when it comes to higher education. A recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics found that since 2000, degree attainment rates among 25 to 29 years olds have been higher for females at every education level.

And really, the trend started earlier than above (1982 is when people really saw signs of this change in the United States) – The Daily Tar Heel has a great article in 2016 on the subject of the ratio of women vs. men at the University North Carolina:

The story of women outnumbering men on campus is not unique to UNC or even to the U.S., Buchmann said.

The gender ratio of UNC students is consistent with the gender ratio of UNC’s applicant pool and the national population of college students, said Steve Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions.

Female students have comprised at least 56 percent of the total student body for the last 30 years. The percent of female students peaked in 2000 at 59.4 percent. Fall 2015 saw total female enrollment at 57 percent, less than a percentage point away from the national enrollment of female students, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

As the 45th anniversary of Title IX just recently passed, I thought it would be interesting for me to check the university enrollment percentages of female and male students at ACC institutions.  Here’s what I found:

ACC Institutions – Percentage of Female and Male Enrollment


ACC Institution* Percentage of Women Percentage of Men
University of North Carolina 58% 42%
University of Virginia 56% 44%
Florida State University 55% 45%
Syracuse University 55% 45%
Wake Forest 53% 47%
Boston College 53% 47%
University of Pittsburgh 51% 49%
University of Miami 51% 49%
University of Louisville 50% 50%
Duke University 49% 51%
Notre Dame 48% 52%
Clemson 47% 53%
North Carolina State 45% 55%
Virginia Tech 43% 57%
Georgia Tech 35% 65%

* – All statistics are from U.S. News and World Report.

We’ve come a long in 45 years since Title IX was first put on the books – some of these schools have higher ratios of women to men because they don’t have engineering schools, but at the same time women are really working hard.  You see above that the ACC is a right inline with national trends of admitting women to their institutions.

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