Almanac of Higher Education 2011

Almanac 2011: Student Demographics

Stuart Bradford for The Chronicle

August 21, 2011

Enrollments remained strong this year, and reported graduation rates didn't budge. But fewer students than ever reported good emotional health.

Tables and Charts

Enrollments and Population

Student Characteristics

Degrees Awarded

The Year in Review: Characteristics Haven't Changed Much, but Attitudes Have

For student demographics, 2010 seemed to be the year of holding steady. Despite dire predictions, enrollments remained strong. And reported graduation rates didn't budge. Most of the changes weren't headliners.

That's due in part to the fact that many of the major studies of student demographics—including the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study and the high-school-graduate projections by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education—are dated but weren't scheduled for updating this year. But it's also because the economic shocks of the last few years haven't reshaped the United States' student body—yet, at least. MORE »