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