Better-looking female students get better grades, says US study

January 6, 2016

A new study, conducted at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, has found that looks matter when it comes to grades, but only for women. Among similarly qualified female students, those who were more physically attractive earned better grades, but for male students, there was no significant difference; the results held regardless of whether the faculty member teaching the course was male or female. Rey Hernández-Julián, one of the study’s authors, said he found the results “troubling,” suggesting that there might be a need for tools at colleges and universities to help address implicit biases. Inside Higher Ed