Notability of Colleges Favoring Certain Religions or Race
In 1968 the National Opinion Research Center under the Carnegie Foundation on the Future of Higher Education was mailed questionnaires concerning ethnic based colleges and universities. In the subsample of 1961 college grad class populations noted that 11 ethnic groups could be investigated.
The results showed that expectations were likely to cause social scientists to re-examine their ideas and that ethnicity is no longer an important variable in the American educational society.
Prior to 1996 certain colleges and universities around the country were known for favoring a particular religion or race for applications of students. College admissions committees ration access to many of the most selective US colleges. Competition for admissions has become increasingly controversial, particularly for public institutions.
In the spring of 1996 the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals dramatically lowered the latitude to use race in determining admissions to colleges within its jurisdiction. The Supreme Court refused to review the case. However, in the fall of 1996 California voters approved a proposal to end the use of racial and ethnic preferences in admissions to state institutions.
Coed Status Off Campus
Twenty-five years ago it was a radical notion, male and female living together in the same dormitories, eating, studying and socializing in the same home-like atmosphere. Joseph Katz of Stanford University predicted that coed housing “would help students avoid over-idealization of the opposite sex and a good deal of the mutual teasing and destructive behavior characteristic of campus dating.” A certain type of maturity level can be reached by individuals when placed in this setting.
Coed dorm living is now considered the norm and is widely taken for granted.
The co-ed ratio on campus could be an interesting situation on most campuses. The ratio in the classroom should be a good mix since men and women do not always agree on certain topics; whereas you might actually learn something from the opposite sex. The best thing about coed classrooms is it gives people perspective on all types of issues. Classroom discussion is certainly livelier when you have a good balance the ratio of male and female students.
There are certain aspects of living in a coed dormitory that might be beneficial to the college student. If you are a person who is very gregarious and feel more comfortable in the presence of lots of people you will be quite happy. It is nice to have other people to make friends with especially the opposite sex. We can often learn a lot about the nature of human beings when in a coed environment. If you are majoring in Psychology, for example, coed living is imperative. It will become a huge part of your studies.
So if the ratio is 30% female and you are a female you might want to look for a university with more balance. Having a larger difference in the ratio of male students to a female could result in a loss of privacy or loss of equality in the dormitory. However, if you are seeking more quiet for study time a coed dorm might not be the best situation for you.