EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — August 31, 2018

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Age of First-Time College Students at Entry, 2011


Using data from the Beginning Postsecondary Student (BPS) study, today's EPIGraph illustrates the age of students on December 31, 2011, for their first semester (fall 2011). Almost half (48 percent) of beginning students were 18 years of age or younger, understanding that less than 2 percent were 17 or under. An additional 27 percent were 19 years of age, meaning that three-quarters (74.6 percent) of first-time students were 19 years of age or younger. An additional 12 percent were in between the ages of 20 and 24 years of age, and another 13 percent 25 or over.

At public four-year institutions, 60 percent of students were 18 and under and a total of 91 percent 19 or under. Similar numbers were present at the private, not-for-profit four-year level.

These recent data tell us that first-time college students are still of traditional college age.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2011-12 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, First Follow-up (BPS:12/14).


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