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The Prototypic College Student Is Not A 'Typical' One

When people think about college, they are imagining one of those top private colleges, idyll place with huge prestigious libraries and terrible dining hall food. It is more like four-year schools, often private unprofitable ones like Stanford, Harvard, or Princeton where students live in hospices, frolic in the quadrangles, and begird themselves among the greatest books under the patronage of the greatest geniuses.
When I am thinking about collage, I am always imagining one of these schools too. This is because I attended one of them; however, I did not develop myself to full potential.

But college experience for many students is nothing like this at all. Colleges are not often havens but rather two-story industrial buildings where a vast variety of immigrants, middle-aged women, and middle- or lower-class students are trying to achieve the degree that they think can bring them ineluctable advantage in the very insecure economy of the US today.

So, I’ve decided to collect some data together about how the actual student looks like. From 2009 till 2010, only 15% of students visit one of unprofitable, four-year top private colleges, including reputable Ivy League colleges, religious institutions, and small art colleges.
71% of students attended public colleges. However, the biggest part of students is not a 4-year public college students or 4-year private non-profit students but 2-year public school students. Approximately five in ten college students are community college students. More than double as many students attended 2-year public colleges than private, nonprofit ones – regarding the fact that the programs are half as long. And I'm not those students who recieved degrees through online education programs.

Moreover, the picture of typical student at private for-profit universities (11% from all undergraduate enrollments) is differed even more. The middle age of the student at a commercial college is near 27, one the middle number of children per student is one. Otherwise speaking, the average student at a commercial college is together a parent and a student and is obviously too busy to think about fun.

Though it is very easy to imagine ivy dorms and young, active students sitting up late in the residential lounges to talk about things they are unqualified to discuss; however, this picture applies to small amount of students. Only 13% of all college students – or 24% of full-time students are living on the campus. At the same time, 23% of students (in both full-time and part-time statistics) live at home with parents. Figuratively speaking, there are as many typical students as students coming to school from their family’s house.
The big majority of students do not graduate on established time. In very deed, most of the college students don’t graduate at all. Among all of the first-time, full-time student’s four year institutions in the 2010 class, only 38% finished a degree in 4 years.

Why then do people continue to think that colleges are more as “Animal House” than “Community”? I think it is because our opinion is related to our own experience. However, nowadays, college is not one singular type. Conversely, it is a big variety of beasts.