ParcourSup study: French higher education

Here is the URL link to the original dataset. This is my personal project about ParcourSup data, the French process to get to higher education and which type of students go to which type of higher education which will be published in multiple parts. I wanted to look at this data because higher education (also called post-bac education in France) is a huge deal and can also shows a lot about our society. It's also interesting to compare reality with what we usually view higher education. Last but not least, that's also a good exercice of data visualization and story telling which I hope you will enjoy.

How to use this file?

Most figures are interactive: you can select an item in the legend (usually on the right side) to remove this item from the figure. You can also double-click on it to show this item only and remove the others. Another double-click will display back all items. If you have any comment or problem, reach me out on my LinkedIn!


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Back to school! Or rather, its analysis. Last time we looked at what differentiated private and public formations with a focus on formations related to engineering schools (5-years schools, special 2-years preparatory courses) and we learned how public formations here are highly selective, especially compared to private ones.

Today for the fifth and last part of this analysis of the Parcoursup we are going to explore the differences between men and women when it comes to applying and integrating a higher education formation. The ParcourSup dataset distinguishes applications from women and men which is going to be incredibly helpful here. The goal here is to assess whether some intuitions we have in France like "Infirmary schools students are mostly women" or "In Computer Sciences DUT, 99% of the students are male!" have any real meaning or if there are mostly urban legends. Without further ado, let's jump in!

Women, men and education

One note of importance here: remember that we only have data related to the formations. It means that (and fortunately might I add) we cannot get data directly related to the applicants (like which formations did it apply for or how many applicants are in Paris). Moreover, ParcourSup is supposedly an anonymous process: the institutions don't receive the gender nor the name of the applicants. But whenever a further interview is needed (like in most BTS or DUT) or a boardship is asked, the gender is known. This obviously puts some limits as the anonymity is more or less restricted to CPGE and Licences.