Why More Women Go to Law or Med Schools

“And when you say, ‘my child is a doctor, a lawyer, or a nurse,’ everyone knows what she does. It has status. When you are going against the odds to pursue a career in business, there may not be much support for it. People around you might not understand what consumer marketing is or what investment banking it. That’s a much bigger hurdle than going to law school.”

Another drawback to increasing female enrollment in B-school has to do with the typical work experience requirement, says Sangster. “A lot of kids go to law or med school because they can go straight through out of undergrad. It’s a choice that is easy if you’re not thinking you want to get a job or if you are a liberal arts major because so many people will tell you to get a law degree.”

FEMALE ENROLLMENT IN BUSINESS, LAW, MEDICINE AND EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITIES WITH TOP 25 B-SCHOOLS

School Businesss Law Medicine Education
1. Harvard 36.1% 48.0% 47.9% 73.1%
2. Stanford 36.3% 45.0% 48.0% 69.6%
3. Chicago 35.4% 44.3% 49.0% NA
4. Pennsylvania 39.7% 47.6% 49.3% 73.6%
5. Columbia 34.9% 48.5% 47.8% 76.9%
6. Dartmouth 33.7% NA 49.9% NA
7. Northwestern 29.8% 45.8% 47.3% 73.5%
8. MIT 36.1% NA NA NA
9. California-Berkeley 29.6% 52.9% NA 71.8%
10. Duke 33.7% 41.0% 48.8% NA
11. Virginia 29.0% 44.8% 43.4% 75.2%
12. New York 36.9% 42.6% 49.0% 76.8%
13. Michigan 31.4% 44.6% 49.9% 73.8%
14. Yale 35.5% 49.3% 50.8% NA
15. Cornell 32.2% 49.6% 48.9% 67.3%
16. Carnegie Mellon 26.7% NA NA NA
17. California-Los Angeles 32.9% 47.5% 47.0% 68.0%
18. North Carolina 27.7% 50.9% 51.1% 72.7%
19. Texas-Austin 29.4% 46.4% NA 69.3%
20. Emory 28.2% 46.0% 53.8% NA
21. Indiana 28.6% 41.0% NA 69.8%
22. Southern California 30.0% 47.9% 46.9% 73.7%
23. Georgetown 29.5% 47.7% 48.2% NA
24. Minnesota-Twin Cities 36.5% 41.9% 49.0% 71.2%
25. Notre Dame 24.9% 41.7% NA NA

NOTRE DAME HAS LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN OF ANY TOP 25 B-SCHOOL

The top 25 business school with the lowest percentage of women? Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business where just 24.9% of the full-time MBA students are women. Also on the low end are Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business (26.7%), North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (27.7%), Emory’s Goizueta School of Business (28.2%) and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (28.6%).

WHARTON HAS HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN OF ANY TOP 25 B-SCHOOL

The top 25 business schools that have done the best job of attracting more women? University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with 39.7%, followed by New York University’s Stern School of Business (36.9%), the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School (36.5%), Stanford Graduate School of Business (36.3%), and Harvard Business School (36.1%).

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