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’s degree or certificate
32% Work full-time
27% Have financial dependents
45% Attend community college
50% Live with parents while attending college