Not So Typical: Today’s college students break stereotypes

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If you think that most college students are fresh out of high school, young, carefree, and living at a university, you’re way behind the times. Eighty-five percent of college students today don’t fit that mold. More often, the typical college student is living off-campus, working, and juggling college with real-life responsibilities.

There are 21.6 million college students in the U.S. today

Source: nces.ed.gov

Only 15% attend a four-year college full time and live on campus

Source: chronicle.com “The New Traditional Student”

Today’s Typical College Student

42% are over age 24

Source: nces.ed.gov

38% are enrolled part time 

Source: nces.ed.gov

50% are seeking an associate degree or certificate

Source: theatlantic.com “Old School: College’s Most Important Trend is the Rise of the Adult Student”

32% work full time

Source: theatlantic.com. “Old School: College’s Most Important Trend is the Rise of the Adult Student”

27% have financial dependents

Source: usatoday.com “Degrees of Difficulty”

45%  attend community college

Source: www.aacc.nche.edu

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