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FOR FIRST TIME, MORE WOMEN UNDERGRADS
Female college enrollment up
WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first most popular field for women working the 1979-80 year. increased 22 percent from 367,678, or
time ever, there are more women than toward degrees, they were taking a Between 1971 and 1979, the number of 43.3 percent of the total, to 449,946, or
men undergraduate college students, a greater interest in non-traditional sub- women receiving bachelor's degrees 48.3 percent.
National Center for Education jects.
Statistics report on college enrollment
Women also accounted for 46.1 per-
cent of the enrollment in graduate
schools and 25.2 percent of the students
in "first professional degree"
programs like law and medicine.
IN 1971, 41.3 percent of the 8.6 million
college students were women. Eight
years later, there were 4.4 million
women undergraduates, 50.3 percent of
the total. By 1980, enrollment was 11.7
million, 58.7 of whom were women.
During 1979, women received 48.3
percent of the bachelor's degrees, 49.1
percent of the master's degrees, 13.8
percent of the doctoral degrees and 23.6
percent of the first professional
And, though education remained the
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AT THE undergraduate level, for
example, women were, also for the first
time, more diversified than men in
choice of degree field. Some 66 percent
of thefemales were concentrated in six
fields of study, including education, 20.8
percent; business and management,
12; health, 1.4; social science, 10.2;
psychology, 5.9; and fine and applied
arts, 5.7 percent.
Men were slightly more concentrated
with 67.4 percent of them in six fields,
including business and management,
25.2 percent; social sciences, 13.2;
engineering, 12; education, 7.1;
biological sciences, 6.1; and physical
sciences, 3.8 percent.
While-enrollment increased 35 per-
cent from 1971-1978, the enrollment of
women rose 67 percent. "Clearly the in-
creased participation of women in
higher education has been a major
aspect of the overall growth in college
enrollments," the report found.
THE REPORT examines changes in
college and university data in the
academic year 1978-79. Only the
enrollment figures were available for
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