New School female students outnumber males by 2.5 to 1

new-school-picBY LAEL HINES  |  The New School, the private, progressive university located in Greenwich Village, has a baffling gender imbalance among its student body.

According to a recent report, all the various divisions of The New School had an average of 71.6 percent female students and 28.4 percent male students. According to the CollegeBoard publication, The New School’s Parsons School of Design even exceeds this existing imbalance, with 79 percent female students to 21 percent male students.

Ann Stoler, an anthropology professor at The New School, was reluctant to provide a clear reason for the higher figures for females on campus. She suggested that a potential cause for the sexual skewing is simply the academic nature of The New School itself.

“Here at The New School, we don’t offer sciences: biology, chemistry and physics,” she noted. “There is certainly a gender imbalance in the arts and sociology departments because they natural attract more women than men.”

Perhaps the environment of The New School also is simply more attractive to women. New York City has a reputation of endless opportunity and artistic expression. Fueled by the media, some women may gravitate to New York City for its reputation of potential glamour and “Carrie Bradshaw-esque” excitement. Kristen, a New School student, elaborated on this theory.

“It’s something about New York City as the liberal arts, they are just more feminine,” she said. “They’re more attractive to women, I think. I mean, in our program there will be like 50 women and two men.”

New York City itself has a gender imbalance. According to the 2010 census, there were 4,292,589 females living in New York City and 3,882,544 males. So, perhaps The New School’s sexual ratio is just a reflection of an increasingly feminine city.

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4 Responses to New School female students outnumber males by 2.5 to 1

  1. Well, first of all, this isn't anything new. The gender imbalance has been that way at the university for years. Second of all, gender imbalances at any school are entirely believable.

    And third of all, in the fourth graf where the interests of women at The New School is essentially reduced to fashion and nightlife is utterly insulting. That claim is clearly a misguided generalization. If this story was actually decently reported, it would be taken into consideration that The New School was founded with a large focus on social sciences, not with the hopes of emulating any of the characters from Sex & the City. Not to mention that the program the student who was interviewed is never mentioned, so how do we know that this is a fair representation?

    I'll end my nitpicking about the actual reporting here, but let me reiterate, reducing women's interests to fashion and Sex & the City is pretty offensive, and a mere perpetuation of gender stereotypes.

  2. Not Very New School

    I'm sorry to say but this article is written poorly and also makes sweeping gender assumptions without any interesting argument or insight.

  3. Normally the female students are interested in physiology its basic reason of the imbalance. New school having good reputation and also provide good educational services. Any person interesting to hire writing services or looking for essays I will provide you the best american essays of the century through professional writers according to your demand and also on cheapest rates and with specified time period. We are offering special discount to the students.

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