Defining today’s college student is no easy task, as today’s college student is many things and many different types of people. You’ve probably heard the phrase “typical college student,” but does anyone really know who the typical college student is? I’m sure you are picturing a young twenty-year-old hanging out on a big, beautiful campus with a large grassy area and lots of students bustling around; a scene fit for a movie. Let’s face it though, college isn’t exactly like it’s portrayed in the movies. College students are like everyone else, except they are trying to earn a degree.
I will focus on today’s female college student first. The world is evolving, so defining both genders the same way would not be correct. Today’s female college student possesses many qualities that separate her from previous generations of students. She has had to face different challenges than females of past generations, and that is what makes her stand out. For many decades, men used to be the dominating gender in colleges and universities, while women were the minority. However, society has changed and with that change, colleges have changed. Today, female college students are excelling in school. College enrollment in the United States is higher than ever before, which is great news for Americans. This is actually because of women, who now outnumber men in college four to three (Costello). Men are still flocking to colleges, but not in the same numbers as women. Now, more women nationwide aspire to go to college and graduate compared to men. The change in numbers may be small, but it is still significant. This is a big change from past generations, as forty years ago, the opposite was true: men used to outnumber women in college four to three. Not only are men less likely to go to college, but they’re also less likely to graduate once they get there. The men who do graduate are less likely than females to do it within four years. Senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, Tom Mortenson, warned that “if statistical trends were to continue at their current rate there would be no men graduating from college after 2067.” (Costello). Female students are more committed to doing well, and that has led them to achieve greater leadership roles after college.
In The End of Men, Hanna Rosin mentions how women are now on top, since men are losing both their position and strive to do well. In the article Rosin says, “Women dominate today’s colleges and professional schools—for every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same.” (Rosin 475). Boys have lost their motivation to do well in school, while girls are excelling academically. This may have to do with the way the American education is set up.
Women tend to spend more hours studying for class, volunteer in the community, and study abroad, while men spend more time relaxing, playing video games, or watching television. However, men have more...