February 03, 2023 13:05
Almost two-thirds of new admissions at Seoul National University this year are men, while the ratio of women has fallen to the lowest level in 10 years.
SNU on Thursday said female students accounted for just 35.7 percent of new admissions.
Experts blame the university entrance exam, where men typically score higher in math than female students, which puts them at an advantage since the test stopped distinguishing between humanities and science majors.
Jongro Academy, a leading private crammer, said the ratio of female freshmen at SNU this year is the lowest since 38.1 percent in 2013.
The highest proportion was in 2017 with 41.8 percent, but since then the gender balance has been slipping again.
Meanwhile, nearly half or 48.5 percent of new students at SNU graduated from high schools in Seoul, which is also the highest proportion since 2014, when the prestigious university began tallying such figures.
Lim Sung-ho of Jongro Academy said, "It appears that high school students in Seoul, which boasts a good educational infrastructure, had an advantage in admissions."
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