Male students up to 50% more likely to make Ivy League applications…

… while female applicants can be 200% more likely to receive an offer from their chosen university, says research from BridgeU

Male students are up to 50% more likely to apply to prestigious Ivy League or Russell Group universities as their female counterparts, according to new research from university and careers guidance platform, BridgeU.

The research, which reviewed 21,949 university applications from global IB students during the 2017-18 academic year, also revealed that female applicants are as much as 200% more likely to receive an offer from their chosen university, compared to their male peers.

When analysing application success rates in more detail, the research showed 50% of female applicants received an unconditional offer, compared to 44% of males. 24% of male applicants were rejected compared to 18% of females.

At Princeton, female students in the 2017/2018 cohort were twice as likely to receive an offer from the university, where male students were far more likely to apply for a place.

Discussing the research, Lucy Stonehill, Founder and CEO of BridgeU, said: “The survey results are really interesting, and suggest a difference in how male and female students select universities. For example, male students appear to be more aspirational in applying for places at prestigious educational establishments, when compared to their female counterparts. This is both telling and dispiriting in a world where the gender pay gap rightfully continues to dominate headlines.”

Other key takeaways from the survey include:

  • Kings College London was the most popular British university included in the survey, followed by University College London and the University of Edinburgh
  • All three universities received a greater number of applications from male students compared to female counterparts
  • Male students were more than three times as likely to apply for degrees in maths/computing, which also had the highest rejection rate amongst the survey respondents
  • Male students were also more than twice as likely to apply for engineering and 20% more likely to apply for business
  • Female students were three times more likely to apply for degrees in journalism and five times more likely to apply for degrees in education. The latter also had the lowest rejection rate amongst all survey respondents

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