Facts

About US Education

  • Between 1985 and 2008, public school enrollment rose 26%, from 39.4 million to 49.8 million
  • 49 million students are heading off to 99,000 public elementary and secondary schools for the fall 2011 term
  • Only 30% of US high school graduates who took ACT test are ready for college-level science
  • Only 45% of US high school graduates who took ACT test are ready for college-level math
  • $28,500 is average annual tuition at four-year private colleges for 2011-12 academic year, increasing at the rate of 4.5% per year
  • $10,089 is average annual room and board charges at four-year private colleges for 2011-12 academic year, increasing at the rate of 3.9% per year
  • $61,787 is the annual cost for 2011-12 to attend the most expensive undergrad university, which is NYU. This consists of $56,587 for tuition, fees, room and board, and $5,000 for books, students personal expenses and mandatory sickness insurance
  • Between 1994 and 2004, the number of full time college students increased by 30%
  • College enrollment hit a projected record level of 18 million in 2007
  • 25 to 29 year-olds who have completed college is increasing dramatically (1970: 16%   2004: 29%)
  • Only 69% of US students graduated from high school with a regular diploma in four years (2007)
  • Highest level of education attained by persons 25 years old and over in 2006 (Associates: 8.7%   Bachelors: 18.3%   Masters: 8.0%   Doctors: 1.3%)
  • In 2008, the unemployment rate for high school graduates not enrolled in college was 26.7%, compared with 14.9% for graduates enrolled in (either two or four year) colleges
  • There are over 4,000 accredited colleges and universities in the US, which enroll over 15 million students and grants over two million degrees a year

 

 

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