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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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