TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There is a declining trend in the number of men attending college across the country, but schools, including the University of Arizona, are taking action to increase male enrollment numbers.
The UA is hosting a "Man Up and go to College" conference on Thursday.
According to a recent study by Forbes, for every four women graduating from a four-year college, there are only three men.
If enrollment numbers were the same for both genders, there would be about 14 percent more college graduates a year.
The UA event is geared toward high school boys.
It was created to help increase the number of low-income, first-generation and minority male students to further their education.
On Wednesday night, Tomas Stanton, a poet, songwriter and teaching artist, took the stage at the UA during a preview event. He performed at the Modern Languages building, using hip-hop to empower young men to boldly express themselves.
Stanton emphasized the importance for people to further their education.
"There's tons of people who are extremely educated, but don't have the credentials to back up their education and doors don't open for them," Stanton said. "So, it really is about also learning how to work within the system that sometimes isn't fair, but what better way to change it than from the inside?"
About 300 high school students from 10 local Tucson schools will be attending the "Man Up and go to College" conference, where they will receive college information and undergraduate peer support.
The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Student Union Memorial Center in the South Ballroom.
The SUMC is located at 1303 E. University Blvd.