Fun Facts

Collegian Facts

Surprising Stats…

  • Twenty three percent of full-time undergrads, who are 24 or younger, work 20 hours or more a week.
  • About 9 percent of students attend flagship universities and other state institutions that conduct intensive research.
  • Seventy three percent of students attend all types of public colleges and universities.
  • Just 16 percent of students attend private nonprofit colleges and universities.
  • Nineteen percent of college freshmen hope to earn a Ph.D., and 10.2 percent would like to become a medical doctor.
  • The annual family income of more than 47 percent of undergraduates is less than $40,000.
  • Between 1999 and 2009, undergrad enrollment at for-profit schools soared 539 percent compared with 32 percent for public institutions
  • Less than one third of Americans hold at least a bachelor’s degree, but at least 30 percent of adults in 16 states—mostly on the coasts—have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Nationwide the number of high school graduates is expected to grow 10 percent in the next 10 years.

Source: Lynn O’Shaughnessy - The College Solution – Oct 2011

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution and she also writes college blogs for CBSMoneyWatch and US News & World Report.


Average Interesting facts…

  • College Graduates per year – 1,750,000
  • College Students Enrolling per year – 2,350,000
  • Male College Students Enrolling per year – 775,000
  • Female College Students Enrolling per year – 1,575,000
  • Number of college dropouts per year – 1,125,000
  • Number of college transfers per year – 1,250,000
  • College student’s debt after college – $23,700
  • College student’s debt payment per month – $432/month
  • Number of parking tickets per college student each year – 2
  • Number of missed classes per college student each year – 26
  • Number of dropped classes per college student each year – 2
  • Food budget for college students each year – $2,800 (incl. beverages)

Source: Fun and Interesting Facts for College Students (March 20, 2011)