Profile of College and University Student Body

Last Updated 07/03/2024

The modern U.S.  student body can no longer be described as traditional high school graduates with the ability to live in dormitories. The study body also includes:

  • Independent Learners:  Some 35% of current students are financially independent of their parents, reflecting a shift towards older, more self-reliant learners.
  • Student-Parents: About one-third have children of their own, requiring them to balance family responsibilities with academic pursuits.
  • Working Students: About 60% are employed, with 40% working fulltime while pursuing their education.
  • Age:  Over one-third are over 25 years old.

Serving this increasingly diverse student body requires adaptations by higher education in areas such as academic programs, policy, and support services.

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