People have built a sub-conscience image of what they believe to be the traditional college student. To many people, college students are typically in their late teens to early 20s, living in dorms, and partying it up while occasionally studying for tests. While that description may describe some college students, it can hardly be used to describe all students who attend a college or university.
The following are some interesting facts and statistics that have been collected on various college students. While this information won’t change how everyone views college students, it can help give people a better understanding of what the typical college student might be.
Many College Students Attend Community College
With college tuition costs on the rise, many college students are starting to rely upon community colleges to start their college careers. Community colleges are appealing because they offer a variety of undergraduate courses that students could attend at a four-year college, but at a fraction of the price. It is estimated that 10–20 percent of college students all across America attend a community college.
Veterans and College Education
One of the many reasons people enter the armed forces is to earn money for college. Many armed forces programs offer veterans and active duty servicemen the chance to attend college courses. It is estimated that in 2009 that 3 percent of current undergraduate students were veterans, while another 1 percent of those college students were individuals who were active duty or in the reserves.
Traveling to Receive a College Education
A common misconception many people have about college students is that right after college they pack their bags and travel to a faraway school. While some students will choose to pack-up and head out-of-state for college, most will not. In fact, whether or not a student travels long distances to receive a college education may depend on their IQ or scores on standardized tests.
Statistics show that college students who have a higher IQ or scored higher on the college standardized tests will more likely travel further for a college education. Those same statistics show that students who scored average or below average on those standardized tests were willing to think “I’ll stay right here, and earn my college degree closer to home.”
The misconception surrounding college students will always be around for as long as there are colleges and universities to attend. However, learning that many students attend community colleges, once served in the armed forces, and don’t travel far to attend a college may help people develop a new image when they think of the typical college student.