41 Surprising Facts About Online Students

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41 Surprising Facts About Online Students

Who Are The Online Students?

80% of online students live within 100 miles of a campus or service center of the institution they attend.

46% say their biggest motivation to enroll was to advance their current career.

37% of online students were the first in their family to attend college.

32% of higher education students now take at least one online course.

33% study business.

More than 80% of online undergraduate students have transfer credits.

15% – the largest portion of online students- study at the University of Phoenix

Ethnic Distribution

  • 62% – Caucasian
  • 19% – African American
  • 9% – Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 8% – Hispanic
  • 1% Native American
  • 1% Other

Age Distribution

  • 19% – 18-24
  • 20% – 25-29
  • 15% – 30-34
  • 13% – 35-39
  • 11% – 40-44
  • 10% – 45-49
  • 8% – 50-54
  • 4% – 55+

70% – Female

30% – Male

Online Learners and Money

11% of online graduates earn less than $25k annually.

53% of online graduates earn $25 -84k annually.

29% of online graduates earn $85-150k+ annually.

7% prefer not to say what their annual income is.

Paying for Their Online Education

  • 31% – Student loans and other financial aid only
  • 28% – Personal funds only
  • 21% – Personal funds and loans
  • 8% – Personal, loans and scholarships
  • 8% – Personal and employer
  • 4% – Employer only

Employment Status

  • 60% – Employed full-time
  • 20% – Employed part-time
  • 12% – Not employed but looking
  • 7% – Not employed and not looking
  • 1% – Retired

Why Students Enroll in Online Courses

68% Balance – The ability to balance work, family, and social responsibilities more easily.

64% Anytime, Anywhere – Students love the ability to study anytime, anywhere are their own convenience

37% Accelerated Courses – Fast-track courses motivate students to earn a college degree in an online setting.

30% Cheaper – The overall lower cost of online courses is very appealing to online students.

18% Faster Completion Time – With great flexibility, online degrees are generally completed faster than traditional degrees.

12% Variety – Course variety is one of the top reasons students choose to enroll in online courses

9% Credential Potential – Greater potential for specific educational credentials.

9% Effectiveness – Some students find online learning methods more effective than a traditional college setting.

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Infographic Sources

www.learninghouse.com/files/documents/resources/Online%20College%20Students%202012.pdf, www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/06/26/survey-online-learners-are-starting-resemble-campus-learners#sthash.nAkMA3bU.dpbs, www.chronicle.com/article/Who-Are-the-Undergraduates-/123916/, www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2013/01/08/online-course-enrollment-climbs-for-10th-straight-year



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