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University and junior colleges enrollment rate Japan FY 1960-2019, by gender

In the fiscal year 2019, the enrollment rate in universities and junior colleges reached around 57.6 percent for male students and 58.7 percent for female students in Japan. The share of females attending higher education institutions increased more than tenfold in the last 60 years. The overall direct enrollment rate after high school graduation was about 54.8 percent.

Enrollment rate in universities and junior colleges in Japan from fiscal year 1960 to 2019, by gender

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

fiscal years 1960 to 2019; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

Enrollment rate calculation=number of newly enrolled students at university and junior colleges (including students who did not directly enroll after senior high school graduation) / number of students who graduated from junior high schools three years ago

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