If you think that most college students are fresh out of high school, young, carefree, and living at a university, you’re wrong. In fact, 85 percent of college students today don’t fit that mold. More often, the typical college student is living off campus, working full- or part-time, and juggling college with real-life responsibilities.

There are 21.6 million college students in the U.S. today

Only 15% attend a four-year college full-time and live on-campus

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

“The New Traditional Student,” “Old School: College’s most important trend is the rise of the adult student,” “Degrees of Difficulty,”,
“More College Students Living at Home.”)