41 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

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

Age

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

Gender

  • Female: 70%
  • Male: 30%

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

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

Employment Status

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

Why Students Enroll in Online Courses

  • Balance – The ability to balance work, family, and social responsibilities more easily: 68%
  • Anytime, Anywhere – Students love the ability to study anytime, anywhere are their own convenience: 64%
  • Accelerated Courses – Fast-track courses motivate students to earn a college degree in an online setting: 37%
  • Cheaper – The overall lower cost of online courses is very appealing to online students: 30%
  • Faster Completion Time – With great flexibility, online degrees are generally completed faster than traditional degrees: 18%
  • Variety – Course variety is one of the top reasons students choose to enroll in online courses: 12%
  • Credential Potential – Greater potential for specific educational credentials: 9%
  • Effectiveness – Some students find online learning methods more effective than a traditional college setting: 9%

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