25 Sad Statistics About College Education In The United States

Although the United States is home to 50 out of the top 100 colleges, it’s not all sunshine and roses in the land of the free. In fact, with the cost of college education on the rise, many young students have been making the choice to study abroad in places like Europe where college is either free, or pretty close to it. These are 25 sad statistics about college education in the United States.

25

The percentage of mail carriers with a college degree is 4 times higher than it was in 1970

us postal serviceSource: mises.org, Image: wikipedia
24

Today in the United States over 24% of retail salespeople have a college degree

walmartSource: collegeaffordability.blogspot.com
23

More than 1/3 of college graduates end up taking jobs that don't even require college degrees

firefighterSource: businessinsider.com, Image: wikipedia
22

The unemployment rate for college graduates under 25 has reached nearly 10%

layoffsSource: Economic Policy Institute, Image: pixabay
21

Only a little over half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 were employed last year. That statistics is the lowest it has been since the end of WWII

unemploymentSource: hosted.ap.org, Image: wikipedia
20

Only 36% of full time students manage to receive a bachelor's degree within 4 years

clockSource: tampabay.com, Image: pixabay
19

35% of American college students spend less than 5 hours studying per week

studyingSource: usatoday.com, Image: pixabay
18

Actually, US college students spend nearly 50% less time studying than just one decade ago

bookSource: usatoday.com, Image: pixabay
17

Nearly 14% of students end up defaulting on their student loan debt within 3 years of making their first payment

debtSource: post-gazette.com, Image: ringling.libguides.com
16

The student default rate has almost doubled in the last 10 years

increasingSource: usatoday.com, Image: blog.calicospanish.com
15

As if things couldn't get any worse, websites like seekingarrangment.com have popped up where students sold themselves to sugar daddies in order to pay off their debt

dollar billsSource: huffingtonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
14

75% of Americans believe college is too expensive

college graduationSource: Pew Research, Image: wikipedia
13

23% of Americans use credit cards to pay tuition

credit cardSource: inteldaily.com, Image: pixabay
12

College textbook prices have nearly tripled in the last 10 years

college textbookSource: huffingtonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
11

In 1952 one full year of tuition at Harvard was $600 (that would be $5,000 today). Today, however, the tuition is over $35,000.

well that escalated quicklySource: nytimes.com
10

This is because over the course of the last quarter century college tuition has increase 6% faster than inflation

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9

US student debt is now higher than credit card debt

debtSource: nydailynews.com, Image: taxrebate.org.uk
8

As of the publication of this list the student debt is $1.2 trillion

im looking forward to paying off my debtSource: finaid.org
7

The average college graduate today will accumulate approximately $25,000 in debt

I should fake my death
6

Less than 1/3 of college students will not have debt upon graduation

jackie chan student debtSource: ticas.org
5

Average tuition at US private universities is over $27,000 per year

im lookin forward to the apocalypseSource: usatoday.com
4

This number has increased nearly 30% in the last 5 years

still paying my student loan debtsSource: usatoday.com
3

College education in Germany is completely free, including advanced degrees like medical school (the same goes for much of Europe)

are you seriously?Source: bbc.com
2

Actually, the United States has by far the most expensive college tuition out of any developed nation

dollarsSource: bbc.com, Image: pixabay
1

To end on a more upbeat note, America still has 50 of the top 100 universities in the world but many Americans have now chosen to study abroad

study abroadSource: dw.de, Image: pixabay


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