Record number of young adults attending college in US

October 30, 2009

According to a new analysis by the Pew Research Centre, the proportion of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the US hit an all-time high in October 2008, driven by a downturn-era surge in enrolments at community colleges. Approximately 11.5 million students, or nearly 40% of young adults ages 18 to 24, were enrolled in either a 2- or 4-year-college last October, up almost 39% from the same month the year before. In 2008, 11.8% of young adults were enrolled in 2-year colleges, the highest figure for 2-year college attendance among 18- to 24-year-olds on record. 27.8% were attending 4-year colleges last October, a figure unchanged from the year before. Read the report