50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM
Narrowing the gap in women’s representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a popular topic recently, from local coffee shops to the office of the President. Women hold less than 25% of STEM jobs in the U.S. according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration. Meanwhile, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in STEM fields are expected to grow at 17%, compared to 9.8% for non-STEM jobs. As job opportunities shift in this direction, the following colleges and universities are doing their part by successfully engaging female students in a breadth of STEM programs.
To create this list, The College Database used a data set provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a government resource, on female student enrollment in STEM programs from the Bachelor’s to Doctorate level offered at schools across the nation. Programs were classified as “STEM” based on the National Science Foundation’s guidelines, meaning that programs in the Social Sciences, like Anthropology or Psychology were included.
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