Who runs the world? Girls.
Women vastly outnumber men on GC’s historically all-female campus
Lilia Starnes | Staff Writer | Sept. 4, 2019
Of the 5,987 undergraduate students at GC, 62% are female. However, this vast percentage fails to answers the age-old GC question: where are all the men?
1967 was the official year GC opened its doors to men and said goodbye to an exclusively female campus. In its beginning years, GC was constantly changing in regards to rules, regulations and the name of the school.
“Some of the women were unhappy because of the female community that had been formed, but many were happy because men brought a different aspect of fun,” said Bob Wilson, university historian.
1967 was a monumental year for GC, the small campus of 1,216 women grew to 1,401 men and women who all aspired to obtain a degree. In the earlier years, GC followed in the footsteps of other women’s colleges and required that women wear a uniform that adhered to the set guidelines.
37 years before men arrived on campus the school can be described as “a college of strict rules and regulations. Victorian, rather puritanical,” written in the book, “A Centennial History of Georgia College.”
As the years passed, the strict rules and regulations decreased and the campus life developed culture. It was not until 1996 that Georgia College and State University became the official name of GC.
The school first started out as Georgia Normal & Industrial College and then renamed to Georgia State College for Women and proceed with four other variations of names. It only took six tries and adding men to land on a permanent name.
“While Georgia College has typically had a higher ratio of females than males, it is important to note that nationally females make up more of the undergraduate enrollment population,” said Gwen Chretien, executive director of admissions.
With women making up more of the undergraduate enrollment population, oftentimes it seems like there are more women in a class because most likely there are.
“I’m an art major, so I haven’t really had many guys in my class,” said Alyssa Clements, a junior art major. “It doesn’t really bother me but it is definitely prominent in my major.”
Those questioning the ratio are not wrong. There are facts behind the numbers that prove that GC and a large number of other universities are also unbalanced in the means of women and men.
The National Center for Education Statistics discloses that there are 11.3 million women and 8.6 million men enrolled in college in the fall of 2019.
“I think historically we’ve probably attracted more female students due to their interest in education and also our nursing program,” Chretien said.
While that may be the case to the burning question of “where are all the men?” GC has made significant strides in comparison to its humble beginnings.
“Originally GC was catered to students within a 50-mile radius,” Wilson said.
According to the 2018 Georgia College Fact Book, there are 5,958 U.S. undergraduate students and 55 international, times have truly changed since the 50-mile radius rule.