Percentage of the U.S. population who have completed four years of college or more from 1940 to 2015, by gender

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YearMaleFemale
201532.3%32.7%
201431.9%32%
201332%31.4%
201231.4%30.6%
201130.8%30.1%
201030.3%29.6%
200930.1%29.1%
200830.1%28.8%
200729.5%28%
200629.2%26.9%
200528.9%26.5%
200429.4%26.1%
200328.9%25.7%
200228.5%25.1%
200128.2%24.3%
200027.8%23.6%
1999 27.5%23.1%
1998 26.5%22.4%
1997 26.2%21.7%
1996 26%21.4%
1995 26%20.2%
1994 25.1%19.6%
1993 24.8%19.2%
1992 24.3%18.6%
1991 24.3%18.8%
1990 24.4%18.4%
1989 24.5%18.1%
1988 24%17%
1987 23.6%16.5%
1986 23.2%16.1%
1985 23.1%16%
1984 22.9%15.7%
1983 23%15.1%
1982 21.9%14%
1981 21.1%13.4%
1980 20.9%13.6%
1979 20.4%12.9%
1978 19.7%12.2%
1977 19.2%12%
1976 18.6%11.3%
1975 17.6%10.6%
1974 16.9%10.1%
1973 16%9.6%
1972 15.4%9%
1971 14.6%8.5%
1970 14.1%8.2%
1969 13.6%8.1%
1968 13.3%8%
1967 12.8%7.6%
1966 12.5%7.4%
1965 12%7.1%
1964 11.7%6.8%
1962 11.4%6.7%
1959 10.3%6%
1957 9.6%5.8%
1952 8.3%5.8%
1950 7.3%5.2%
1947 6.2%4.7%
1940 5.5%3.8%
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This graph shows the percentage of the U.S. population who have completed four years of college or more from 1940 to 2015, by gender. In 2015, around 32.7 percent of women graduated college or obtained a higher educational degree. Compared to 1940, more than 8 times more women have attended college and nearly 6 times more men have in 2015.

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