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 

38% Are enrolled part-time 

50% Are seeking an associate degree or certificate 

32% Work full-time 

27% Have financial dependents

45% Attend community college

50% Live with parents while attending college 

Sources: nces.ed.gov, chronicle.com “The New Traditional Student,” theatlantic.com “Old School: College’s most important trend is the rise of the adult student,” usatoday.com “Degrees of Difficulty,” www.aacc.nche.edu, buck.blogs.nytimes.com “More College Students Living at Home.”