Facts

Facts About US Education

You will be surprised

Competition

  • Number of public high schools in United States: 26,407 (2001)
  • Number of private high schools in United States: 10,693 (2001)
  • Number of high school students: 13,369,000 (2001)
  • 51 million students are attending public elementary and secondary schools (2017)
  • There are 99,000 public elementary and secondary schools (2011)
  • Between 1985 and 2008, public school enrollment rose 26%, from 39.4 million to 49.8 million
  • There are over 4,000 accredited colleges and universities in the US, and grant over two million degrees a year
  • 20 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities (2017)
  • Between 1994 and 2004, the number of full time college students increased by 30%
  • 25 to 29 year-olds who have completed bachelors degree is increasing dramatically,  in 1970 it is 16% and in 2014 it is 34%
  • Highest level of education attained by persons 25 years old and over: Associates - 8.7%, Bachelors - 18.3%, Masters - 8.0%, Doctors - 1.3% (2006)
  • Age 25 and over people who have at least a bachelors degree is 32% and at least a doctorate is 1.8% (2016)
  • Post-secondary institutions awarded 961,000 certificates below the associate's degree level, 1.0 million associate's degrees, 1.9 million bachelor's degrees, 759,000 master's degrees and 179,000 doctor's degrees (2014-15)
  • Associates degrees awarded per capita*: 2.8 (2010)
  • Bachelors degrees awarded per capita: 5.4 (2010)
  • Masters degrees awarded per capita: 2.2 (2010)
  • PhD degrees awarded per capita: 0.2 (2010)

Preparedness

  • Only 69% of US students graduated from high school with a regular diploma in four years (2007)
  • 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
  • Only 46% of US high school graduates who took SAT test are ready for college
  • Average SAT score of students is 1060 out of 1600
  • Average ACT score of students is 21 out of 36

Costs

  • The annual (meaning 9 month only) total cost to attend top private high schools is near 60,000$: Ethel Walker - 65,000$, Choate - 56,000$, Phillips Andover - 55,000$ (2017)
  • The average annual expenditure per student in k-12 public system is $12,300 (2017–18)
  • The annual total cost to attend top undergraduate universities is more than 70,000$: MIT - 80,000$, Caltech - 70,000$, Columbia - 68,405$, Brown - 64,566$ and Yale is 64,650$ (2017)
  • The average annual price for undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board was $16,757 at public institutions, $43,065 at private nonprofit institutions, and $23,776 at private for-profit institutions
  • Tuition rates are increasing at the rate of 9% per year (2015-16)
  • MBA programs annual costs are touching 105,000$ at NYU and 125,000$ at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Professional

  • 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 (2008)
  • Average salaries of people with degrees: bachelors - 67k$, masters - 78k$, professional - 104k$, doctorate - 94k$ (2003)
  • Startups per capita*: 1.3
  • Medical Doctors per capita: 2.3
  • Lawyers per capita: 3.4. The most number of lawyers are in Washington DC. 56% of US senators are lawyers!
  • Scientists and Engineers per capita: 21.6 (2016)
  • Certified Public Accountants per capita: 2.1

* (Note: Per capita here means per 1000 of US population, US population is  approximately 320 million)

 

 

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