EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — November 2, 2018

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Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by level of institution

(1976 to 2016)


According to data from the US Census Bureau, 41 percent of US 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in postsecondary education in 2016. This is the result of a steady increase since the mid 1970s from 27 percent. Thirty-one percent of this age group, often referred to as traditional-aged college students, attended a four-year institution and 10 percent a two-year institution. Increases have been steady for both institional types.

SOURCE: U.SDepartment of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 1970 through 2016.



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