Boys more likely to drop out of university than girls but overall fewer students are quitting

The Telegraph is reporting new figures that suggest boys are still more likely to drop out of university than girls…

Statistics released by the Higher Education Funding Council for England reveal that 7.6 per cent of male students dropped out after their first year in 2011/12, compared to 6.9 per cent of female students.

Earlier this month, Ucas figures revealed that there is a growing gender gap in applications to university, with the number of girls seeking a place more than a third larger than the number of boys.

The dropout rate for students from state schools was 6.5 per cent, while only 3.5 per cent of those who were privately educated quit their courses. 9.4 per cent of black students dropped out of university, which was the highest percentage of any other ethnic group.

Overall, however, fewer students are quitting university than before. Between 2004 and 2010 the dropout figure was around 8.4 per cent, whereas now the figure sits at 6.6 per cent.

Professor Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), said: “This valuable data shows that more full-time students than ever are staying on in higher education, which is a positive and welcome finding.

“However, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and some other groups under-represented in higher education, are less likely to continue their studies than their more advantaged peers.”

“The data highlights why it’s so important that universities and colleges support students throughout their studies”…

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The gap between boys and girls in terms of dropout rates is actually pretty small, although I guess it further exacerbates the higher numbers of girls going to university. What do you make of the various figures reported here? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

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