Study: College Bad for Women’s Self-Esteem

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Behind Stokes Hall is an amphitheater. For the first time in 45 years, Boston College this month will open a new academic facility on the main part of its Chestnut Hill campus. Stokes Hall, the school's most expensive educational building ever, represents a $78-million investment in the humanities. It features 36 new classrooms, a commons, honors library, outdoor plaza and amphitheater, and new Campus Green. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe /Getty Images

Female students left Boston College with lower self-confidence than they reported having as entering freshman, according to a university study. By contrast, men generally gained self-confidence over the four years, "despite having, on average, lower GPAs than their female classmates." The male seniors were probably just looking forward to their 18 percent starting salary bonus, relative to their female classmates. Totally understandable.