For-Profit Colleges Have the Highest Percentage of Adult Students in American Higher Education!

Age Distribution of College Students by Sector, Fall 2019


Dear Commons Community,

The Chronicle of Higher Education compiled data (see table above) on the age distribution of college students by sector for Fall 2019.  Four-year for-profit institutions had the highest percentage of students 40 and over and the lowest percentage of students 21 and under.  2-year public, 4-year public and 4-year private institutions respectively had the highest percentages of students 21 and under.

It would be interesting to see what has happened to these percentages as a result of the pandemic.


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