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UNH President's Commission on the Status of Women

Report on the Status of Women



Composition of Graduate Students at the University of New Hampshire

1.Women comprise 52.1% of all graduate students, but only 43.1% of the Ph.D. candidates (see Table 7).

2.Women make up 47.1% of the full-time graduate students and 58.3% of the part-time graduate students.

3.Graduate women are disproportionally distributed across the different schools and colleges of UNH.

That is, they are:

a. Predominant in the School of Health and Human Services (87.9% women) and in the College of Liberal Arts (66.9% women of which 275 or 62.1% are in Education);

b. Proportinally represented in the College of Life Science and Agriculture (42.5% women);

c. Underrepresented in the Whittemore School (28.1% women); and in the College of Science and Engineering (24.1% women).


Figure 1B: Percent Women and Men Enrolled by Degree Programs at UNH 1993-94

Compensation/Financial Aid

Financial aid is skewed somewhat in favor of men (see Table 8).

1. A higher percentage of male graduate students receive financial aid than do female graduate students (54.6% versus 45.8%). In addition, a slightly higher percentage of men receiving aid get full support (stipend plus tuition or tuition waver) than do women (92.6% versus 87.0%); however, this represents an improvement over the 1992-93 figures (92.1% versus 77.9%).

2. Men receive a significantly higher percentage of fellowships with neither teaching nor research obligations than do women (56.7% versus 43.3%). Thus, men are better able to devote full time to study. However, this gap has narrowed from the previous year, when the difference was 66.7% versus 33.3%, respectively. The distribution of teaching versus research assistantships is roughly similar for women and men .


Admissions and Degrees Awarded/Recruitment and Retention

1. The graduate school received 1916 applications (1782 of them completed), and admitted a total of 1013 students, of which 516 (50.9%) were male and 497 (49.1%) female. This represents a slight increase in the percent of women over the 1992-93 figures.

2. The acceptance/admittance rate for new graduate students was about the same for women as for men: 60.8% compared with 57.7%. This represents a change from the past two academic years (1991-92, 1992-93) when the acceptance/admittance rate for new graduate students was somewhat higher for women than men (64.5% versus 55.9% and 64.0% versus 58.0%, respectively). However, looking at a further breakdown by type of degree sought (Table 9), a smaller percentage of women who apply to Ph.D. Programs are accepted: 33% of women versus 42% of men. These acceptance/admittance rates, in turn, result in unequal enrollment for men and women in advanced degree programs (Figure 1B). This is a somewhat discouraging statistic given that women students do better academically on the undergraduate level than men.

3. Although we do not have specific information on retention, or on the time it takes to complete a degree, we do have information on the gender distribution of degrees granted which gives us, in comparison with the enrollment data, some measure of retention. According to these data in 1993-94, women constitute:

a. 308 (61%) of students receiving master's degrees

b. 18 (34%) of students receiving doctorates; and

c. No (0%) students receiving Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS).

This is roughly proportional to the gender distribution of those admitted to graduate programs in 1993-94. However, the numbers are too small to determine if there are significant discrepancies within particular programs.


TABLE 7: Graduate Student Enrollments 1993-94*

Source: UNH Graduate School. All data is for 30 days after registration, Fall 1993.


TABLE 8: Graduate Student Financial Aid for 1993-94

Source: UNH Graduate School. All totals are for 30 days after registration, Fall 1993.


 TABLE 9: Graduate Student Recruitment and Admission for Fall 1993



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