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Today's students older, more likely to work part time

August 26, 2003

Noticed a change in the student population at Austin Peay? Just a generation ago, the University's population was young and enrolled full time.

Today, only 27 percent of undergraduates meet the U.S. Department of Education's definition of a "traditional" studentenrolling full time immediately after finishing high school, depending on parents for financial support and working part time or not at all.
August 26, 2003

Noticed a change in the student population at Austin Peay? Just a generation ago, the University's population was young and enrolled full time.

Today, only 27 percent of undergraduates meet the U.S. Department of Education's definition of a "traditional" studentenrolling full time immediately after finishing high school, depending on parents for financial support and working part time or not at all.

In 1970, only 28 percent of undergraduates enrolled part time, according to National Center for Education Statistics, and only 28 percent were age 25 or older. By 1999, both of those proportions had risen to 29 percent.

In 1970, 58 percent of undergraduates were men, but in 1999, just 44 percent were.

Want to see more? The NCES report "Profile of Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Institutions: 1999-2000 is available at
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002168.