How Many People Go To College Every Year?

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 18.2 million students enrolled in college in 2007. Overall, around 39% of 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in college that  year, and an additional 447,000 students were attending non-degree institutions of higher learning. The number of people in the world in this age group is growing, but relatively, the number of young adults choosing to attend school every year is increasing rapidly, due to job demands and other factors.

Here’s a break down as to who is attending school (all stats are as of 2007):

  • Males enrolled: 7.8 million
  • Females enrolled: 10.4 million
  • Full time students: 11.3 million
  • Part time students: 6.9 million
  • Students aged 25+: 6.6 million
  • Undergrads: 15.6 million
  • Grad students: 2.3 million

Of all of the college students enrolled, both full and part time, in the United States, 64.4% were white. Minority students made up the following percentages:

  • Black: 13.1%
  • Hispanic: 11.4%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.7%
  • Native American/Alaskan: 1%

Studying abroad is popular around the world, and about 3.4% of college students in the United States are non-resident aliens, in this country to get a solid education.

What do all of these students do when they get to college? Although some enter into undergraduate school undecided, the most popular majors during the 2006 – 2007 school year were business (328,000 degrees awarded), social sciences and history (164,000 degrees awarded), education (106,000 degrees awarded), and health sciences (102,000 degrees awarded).

In order to make school possible, most students receive some form of financial aid. During the 2007 – 2008 school year, 65.6% of all undergraduates received some form of financial aid. 51.7% received grants, while 38.5% used student loans to help pay for college. The average amount of financial aid received? $9,100 in grants and $4,900 in student loans annually. That’s a lot of cash for students to receive and education, but it is well needed. USA Today reported that students graduate with, on average $19,000 in student loan debt and an additional $2,700 in credit card debt. 78% of all college students and 95% of grad students have at least one credit card – the average is three.

What does this mean for you? How likely are you to get into school?

It is true that open students spots for colleges are becoming more and more competitive every year. Sites like are great for predicting your changes at getting into your top pick school, but nothing in a guarantee. To receive that acceptance letter, follow these tips:

  • Study for your SAT and ACT tests and take them multiple times to get the best scores possible.
  • Write a great application essay or letter of intent.
  • Find people who really believe in you and write well to serve as your references for letters of recommendation.
  • Visit each school and schedule an interview so you can talk to the admissions office in person.
  • Apply to multiple schools; you want a back-up plan if you’re rejected by your top pick.

For more application tips and college prep information, check out this website’s resources.

Copyright © 2007–2017 How To E-D-U |