The Independent reports that teenage girls are now more than a third more likely to go to university than boys, according to new figures, as the gap between the sexes reached record levels.
In total, upwards of 30,000 more women than men are set to start degree courses this autumn, official Ucas data shows.
The difference is the largest ever recorded by the university admissions service by this point in the year.
As of Friday morning, 133,280 UK 18-year-old women had secured a university place, compared with 103,800 UK men of the same age.
Across the UK, 27.3 per cent of all young men are expected to go to university this year, compared with 37.1 per cent of young women.
Ucas suggested one factor contributing to the gender difference is nursing, which has seen a 9 per cent increase in UK 18-year-olds placed on courses this year.
Overall, the latest snapshot shows that as of Friday morning, 482,510 students have secured a university place, down about 1.4 per cent on the same point last year, but higher than any other year at this point.
Around 46,600 students have found their places through clearing, the largest number ever placed through the annual process at this point, Ucas said.
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