The Aging Demographic for College Education

I was recently hired by a business to do research on the demographics of the modern college student. One of the most surprising results in my study has been the increasing representation of people over the age of 30. In fact, my study so far (admittedly in the early stages) indicates that the fastest growing population of college students is women between the ages of 35 and 45.

What might explain this?

More likely than not, it is the advent of distance education and the increased flexibility of schooling options. People in their mid-30s to early 40s are increasingly choosing to give college a 2nd or 3rd chance, and see it as an opportunity to further improve their lives and pursue their dreams. Given that most people change careers about 7 times throughout their lifetime, modern technologies make it easier than ever to change direction, and people are choosing to seize the opportunity.

Here is graphic put out by GraduateDegreeProgram.net that explores the aging demographic of those pursuing college degrees from a variety of angles. (Hat Tip: Before It’s News)

Graduate Degree ProgramsCourtesy of: Graduate Degree Program

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