Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

America’s postsecondary student population is more diverse than ever. Many students attend school while working part- or even full-time. Some are raising children while in school. And, in many cases, they’re financially independent. There’s no one-size-fits-all path to (or through) college – and we need to plan our education policies accordingly.

A graphic that represents the demographic trends of today's college students

Visit State-by-state Infographics to learn about college students in each of the foundation’s priority states, or go to Student Stories for profiles of the new student majority.


Sources

Gender: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 303.60.

Age: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 303.50.

Type of School: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 303.70.

Race: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 306.10.

Enrollment: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 303.70.

Employment: U.S. Department of Education, Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Undergraduate Students. Table 8.

Financial Aid: National Center for Education Statistics. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Housing: American College Health Association. National College Health Assessment.

Children: U.S. Department of Education, Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Undergraduate Students. Table 1.

Learning Environment: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 311.15.

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