5 Interesting Facts About College in America

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college auditorium5 Interesting Facts About College in America

1. Average tuition, room and board (for in-state students) at the nation’s four-year public colleges and universities for an academic year (2008-09) was $15,876. That was more than double the cost in 1990.
Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011, Table 289 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/>

2.Average tuition, room and board at the nation’s four-year private colleges and universities for one academic year (2008-09) 40,633.

 That also was more than double the cost in 1990.
Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011, Table 289 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/>

 

3.Average annual 2008 earnings of workers 18 and older with an advanced degree was$83,144.

 This compares with $21,023 for those without a high school diploma. In addition, those with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $58,613 in 2008, while those with a high school diploma earned $31,283.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb10-55.html>

 

4.Average starting salary offered to bachelor’s degree candidates in petroleum engineering in 2009, among the highest of any field of study was $85,417.

  At the other end of the spectrum were those majoring in a social science, who were offered an average of $36,217.
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011, Table 294 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/>

 

5.Number of college degrees expected to be conferred in the 2011-12 school year was 3.4 million

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Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 217 <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/>

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