Gender Gap in College attendance

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This gap seems to be opposite of the technological gender gap. In the educational gender gap, women are the dominant figure and men have shortcomings. Today, more women are going to college and being successful, and the percent of men attending college is decreasing. However, women represent a large majority of students attending colleges with higher acceptance rates, lower faculty to student ratios, lower standardized test scores, and lower tuition.

When I prepared to leave for college, many of my friends were doing the same thing or had already departed. However, some of my friends didn't have any desire to go to college and just decided to stay home and get a job. I noticed that the majority of my friends who were staying home were guys. Since they all had the chance to go to college, I always wonder why they didn't. When I asked a few of the guys, all their answers generally stated that they wanted to make money and buy their own place so they could get away from their parents and hang out.

And as they told me this I got the feeling that they thought this was some cool and manly thing to do, to get out on your own, make your own money and your own rules. None of them seemed to be thinking about their future and they soon found out that their ideal life of freedom was much harder to pull off than they thought. Most of them are now living at home with their parents. When I asked my girl friends why they were not going to college, their main response was because they were going to take a year off to save up some money and then go next year. I found it odd that the girls were all...