For the first time since World War II, women students outnumber men at Brigham Young University.
Official fall semester enrollment figures show full-time day enrollment stands at 28,213, with 14,142 women and 14,071 men attending classes, according to statistics released by the BYU Office of Institutional Studies.Women's enrollment has steadily closed what was actually a rather small gap over the past decade. In both 1960 and 1985, for example, the percentage of men to women students on campus was 54 to 46 percent. But beginning in 1989, enrollment percentages for men and women have hovered each year at 51 to 49 percent.
Women's graduation rates have also improved. According to Institutional Studies, in 1975, only 24 percent of female students had graduated eight years after their first enrollment. But 1993 figures indicated that 48 percent of female students had graduated within eight years of entering the university. Men's graduation figures remained at about 54 percent during that same period.
More married women - and men - are attending the university. In 1986, 18 percent of the men and 8 percent of the women students were married. This semester, 35 percent of the men and 20 percent of the women are married.
The 28,213 fall semester enrollment figure is slightly over the university's 27,000-student enrollment cap.