Males dominate UPJ student population

Luis Torres, Copy Editor

Pitt-Johnstown’s could be considered a manly place because of its gender ratio, which is a reverse of the national figure.

“Our current ratio of students is 54.5 percent male and 45.5 percent female,” said Associate Vice President of Administrative Services and Planning Christian Stumpf.

“The numbers for the past few years have been very similar to this.”

Stumpf said that the gender ratio for each class is similar to the overall percentage, and that no class stands out in particular.

On a national scale, universities have the most even division between male and female students, with a male-female ratio of 43.6–56.4, according to an April 16 article in Forbes magazine.

The higher female collegiate proportion began in the ‘70s, and has been steadily increasing since.

“If you were to compare Pitt-Johnstown with other institutions of higher education that offer similar educational programs, our student ratios would be consistent with these other schools,” said Stumpf.

This slight difference from the national average may be due to UPJ’s well-known engineering program, a historically male-dominated field.

Stumpf said that the university does not regulate gender through admission, but aims at portraying a real-world picture on campus.

“Our Admissions Office actively strives to recruit students from all populations and demographics.  An applicant’s gender is not considered when we evaluate an applicant’s credentials for admission.”