Maybe [admissions officers] should be going into middle schools and start talking to fifth-graders about the benefits of college education. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. In colleges and universities nationwide this year, more than 56 percent of students are women. He escorts them to the counseling and advising offices and texts them every day to make sure they get to class on time and know when tests are scheduled. Girls at the primary and secondary level worldwide far outperform boys in reading, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Even popular culture tended to discourage him. I need to do something with my life. Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where women outnumber men by more than six to one.