More Teenage Girls Than Boys Plan for 4-Year College

February 21, 2019

Today's teenagers appear likely to reinforce, rather than reverse, the widening gender gap in four-year college enrollment, a survey by Pew Research Center finds. The Pew study explores the views of teens aged 13 to 17 on a range of issues, including anxiety, academics and future plans. All told, 59 percent of those surveyed said they planned to attend a four-year college, but that was true for 68 percent of girls and 51 percent of boys. Twelve percent of students said they would enroll in a two-year college, and 5 percent or fewer said they would work full-time, enroll in a technical school or join the military.

Almost three-quarters of students whose parents have a bachelor's degree or more (73 percent) or whose family income was at least $75,000 (72 percent) plan to enroll at a four-year college, compared to half or less of those with less education and fewer financial resources.

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