Calvin College CIRP Freshman Survey Title

Gender Differences

Significant gender gaps exist among Calvin students in self-ratings of computer skills, mathematical ability, and physical health. While similar gender gaps exist between males and females at peer institutions, the computer skills differences between Calvin males and females are even more pronounced than the difference evident at comparison group institutions. Calvin women tend to rate themselves higher than Calvin men in “Drive to achieve,” “Religiousness,” and “Writing ability.”

 

Student Rated Self Above Average or Highest 10%
Males
Females
Computer skills
51%
17%
Drive to achieve
66%
73%
Emotional health
64%
53%
Leadership ability
59%
57%
Mathematical ability
61%
43%
Physical health
71%
48%
Public speaking ability
37%
34%
Self-confidence (intellectual)
67%
56%
Self-confidence (social)
50%
47%
Understanding of others
63%
69%
Religiousness
64%
70%
Writing ability
48%
69%