More Misconceptions About College

Townhall | 3/22/2019 | Staff
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How Dumb Do Democrats Have to Be With Their Medicare For All Plan? Pretty Dumb.

Now that we've all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let's get some perspective.

Data - Lumina - Foundation - Americans - Percent

Data from the Lumina Foundation show that among Americans aged 25-64, 52.4 percent have no more than a high school diploma (though 15.4 percent of them attended college for a while). An additional 5.2 percent received a certificate of some kind, and 9.2 percent obtained an associate's degree. What most people think of when you say "college," is a four-year institution. Only 21.1 percent received BA degrees, and another 12.2 percent also earned graduate degrees. Adding the last two categories brings the fraction of Americans with college or graduate degrees to just over one-third.

While most of the conversation in the past week has focused on highly selective colleges like Yale and Penn, it's important to remember that only a small number of America's colleges are selective. As FiveThirtyEight has reported, more than 75 percent of undergrads attend colleges that accept at least half of all applicants. The number who attend selective colleges -- i.e. schools that accept 25 percent or fewer -- is just 4 percent. And those colleges in the very top tier, which reject 90 percent or more, can be counted on your fingers and toes. You can probably guess most of them. (Though not all. On this U.S. News list, Pomona College came in at No. 11, and the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute came in first.) Less than 1 percent of college students attend these elite schools.

Students - Commuter - Schools - Community - Colleges

Most students attend commuter schools, which tend to be community colleges. Even among those at four-year institutions, almost 25 percent attend part time. Half of college students are also working, not getting plastered at frat...
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