America as 100 College Students: America’s postsecondary student population is more diverse than ever.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, December 2014

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.

What would America look like as 100 college students?

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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. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. School Enrollment and Work Status: 2011.

Financial Aid: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 331.20.

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

Dependents: Institute for Women’s Poliy Research. 4.8 Million College Students are Raising Children.

Learning Environment: National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by State: Fall 2012.