StatsCan article explores age composition of PSE students

December 13, 2010

An analysis of age composition of college and university students and graduates, appearing in the December 2010 issue of Statistics Canada's Education Matters, notes that today there is no longer a marked distinction between colleges and universities in terms of age of students. In 1992, 57% of university students were between the ages of 17 and 24, a share that increased to 65% in 2007. Similarly, in colleges, 69% of students were aged 17 to 24 in 2006. No real differences were observed between male and female college and university students in terms of median age. However, the age distribution of college women showed a wider range than that of their male peers. In 2006, 21.6% of female college students were over the age of 30, compared to 16% of males. Statistics Canada