How Women’s Careers and Family Lives are Impacted by Their College Selection
Study reveals that college selectivity affects the lives of females far more than their male counterparts.
According to a new study titled “Elite Schools and Opting-In: Effects of College Selectivity on Career and Family Outcomes,” college selectivity affects the lives of females in significantly different ways than men. The study examined data from the 1996-97 College and Beyond Survey, a survey of college graduates from 34 “highly selective” colleges. The study’s authors found that attending a selective college increased a woman’s chances of working by 2.3%. Additionally, women who attended a more selective university also earned an average of 13.9% more than women who did not. In contrast, men who attended selective universities saw virtually no effect on their hireabilty or average pay.
In regards to marriage, attending a more selective university also had striking impacts on female graduates. First, the data showed that women who attended a more prestigious university were 3.9% less likely to be married in their late 30s. While attending a selective school seemed to lower their probability of getting married, it actually improved a woman’s spousal characteristics. The study’s authors theorized that women who attended good universities set higher thresholds and criteria for accepting a marriage proposal.
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