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Changing school demographics: More working college students enrolling

Not long ago, the typical college student was under age 25, single and without children. The college years meant dorm living, new freedoms and transitioning to life without the constant presence of parents. Getting a degree was possible in four years because students focused mainly on their coursework. Although many held part-time jobs and participated in social events, these took second place to getting a degree.

Changing school demographics show the typical student is more than likely to be over age 25, have a family and be a working college student. These nontraditional students looking at college enrollment, whose ranks include stay-at-home moms, military personnel, retirees and veterans, have different needs than the conventional college student, and their growing influence is changing how many colleges operate. Read more