Top 25 Colleges Where Women Earn More than Men

Women attend the same colleges as men. They take the same tests, earn the same degrees, and apply to the same jobs. But, did you know, that women earn less than 80% compared to their male counterparts? 

The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals shocking trends. The study examined the earnings of students at 1,695 schools offering bachelor’s degrees 10-years after they started school. According to the research, women at just 36 of the colleges earn more (on average) each year than men. That’s a minuscule 2.1% 

To put that in perspective, imagine you went to see The Weeknd at Madison Square Garden and there were less than 400 girls at the show. That’s what 2.1% of schools looks like.

Want to know at which colleges female students go on to make more than men? Take a look to see what schools made the list.

The Top 25 schools Where Women Earn More than Men:

School Location Women’s Average Income Men’s Average Income Difference Pay Gap*
1 Washington Adventist University Takoma Park, MD $54,200 $47,600 $6,600 13.87%
2 American International College Springfield, MA $48,400 $44,300 $4,100 9.26%
3 Hampton University Hampton, VA $48,000 $43,900 $4,100 9.34%
4 Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY $30,700 $27,600 $3,100 11.23%
5 Fisk University Nashville, TN $36,900 $34,100 $2,800 8.21%
6 Edward Waters College Jacksonville, FL $30,500 $28,000 $2,500 8.93%
7 Winston-Salem State University Winston Salem, NC $37,700 $35,300 $2,400 6.80%
8 Saint Augustine’s University Raleigh, NC $31,600 $29,300 $2,300 7.85%
9 Gallaudet University Washington, DC $31,900 $29,700 $2,200 7.41%
10 Paul Quinn College Dallas, TX $32,200 $30,100 $2,100 6.98%
11 Lynn University Boca Raton, FL $42,900 $41,100 $1,800 4.38%
12 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL $45,300 $43,600 $1,700 3.90%
13 Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR $30,100 $28,500 $1,600 5.61%
14 Delaware State University Dover, DE $36,700 $35,300 $1,400 3.97%
15 Alcorn State University Lorman, MS $34,700 $33,400 $1,300 3.89%
16 Langston University Langston, OK $33,000 $31,700 $1,300 4.10%
17 Virginia State University Petersburg, VA $38,000 $36,800 $1,200 3.26%
18 St Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s City, MD $53,600 $52,500 $1,100 2.10%
19 SojournerDouglass College Baltimore, MD $36,800 $35,700 $1,100 3.08%
20 University of Charleston Charleston, WV $44,100 $43,000 $1,100 2.56%
21 Hampshire College Amherst, MA $37,500 $36,500 $1,000 2.74%
22 LeMoyne Owen College Memphis, TN $33,000 $32,000 $1,000 3.13%
23 Tennessee State University Nashville, TN $39,300 $38,500 $800 2.08%
24 Texas College Tyler, TX $26,900 $26,200 $700 2.67%
25 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC $34,600 $34,000 $600 1.76%

* Pay Gap is traditionally defined as (Men Income – Women Income)/(Men Income). To look at the reverse pay gap we examined (Women Income – Men Income)/(Women Income) where a positive number indicates the percentage that women earn more than men.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the numbers…

Women from these select few colleges earn (on average) $1,489 more than their male colleagues per year. That may sound like quite an accomplishment until you compare it to the other 1,600+ schools on the list. On average, men who pursue bachelor’s degrees earn $11,737 more than women. That’s equal to men getting paid an extra $5.64 an hour or almost half a million dollars more after 40 years in the workplace.

Just one school, Florida Memorial University, actually reports equal wages among their graduates.

Amherst College’s students show the greatest gap. On average, men who enroll in their bachelor’s programs bring home $49,990 more than women. For that kind of money, companies could hire two women instead of one man with the same education!

Looking at all the universities offering graduate programs – that number climbs to over $100,000 for graduates of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Think some women could pay off their student loans a little quicker with that much extra cash?

Of universities with mainly graduate students, only The University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clark School of Law bucks the trend. How much more do women from this prestigious university earn than their male counterparts, you ask? Just $500! Less than $1.50 a day. You can’t even treat a friend to coffee with that kind of money.

The news isn’t much better for schools offering associate’s degrees. The U.S. Department of Education reports women out-earn men only after attending one of these 12 two-year programs nationwide:

12 Associate’s Degree Programs Where Female Graduates Earn More than Men

School Location Women’s Average Income Men’s Average Income Difference Pay Gap*
1 Berkeley City College Berkeley, CA $33,600 $31,400 $2,200 6.55%
2 Community College of Denver Denver, CO $32,800 $31,000 $1,800 5.49%
3 Norwalk Community College Norwalk, CT $36,900 $35,200 $1,700 4.61%
4 El Centro College Dallas, TX $33,100 $31,500 $1,600 4.83%
5 Roxbury Community College Roxbury Crossing, MA $35,600 $34,300 $1,300 3.65%
6 Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA $31,600 $30,400 $1,200 3.80%
7 Merritt College Oakland, CA $37,600 $36,600 $1,000 2.66%
8 Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes, CA $36,500 $35,700 $800 2.19%
9 Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Albuquerque, NM $22,100 $21,300 $800 3.62%
10 Capital Community College Hartford, CT $38,100 $37,400 $700 1.84%
11 Laney College Oakland, CA $34,800 $34,300 $500 1.44%
12 Sinte Gleska University Mission, SD $22,700 $22,200 $500 2.20%

Only time will tell what the future holds for current students. But, the latest trends look brighter for women in the workforce. Women from 20-24 years old working full-time make 89.8% what men take home. That’s much closer to equal pay than women 65-and-older who earn just 73.7% as much as men.

Despite stats saying women earn less after college – we’ve seen a different trend for our top notetakers at StudySoup. A staggering 92% of our highest-earning notetakers are women. We’ll just have to wait a few years to see how their earning prowess translates to the workplace.

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