The rapid growth of university enrollments in the United States has been bolstered by highly favorable demographics, particularly the echo boomer age cohort (those born between 1982 and 1995), and an increasing number of international students. With heightened economic demand for advanced skills and knowledge, more high school graduates are attending full-time colleges. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 68.1 percent of high school graduates went on to attend college as of 2010.
MEET THE ECHO BOOMERS
The echo boomer generation, whose oldest members became college-aged in 2000-2001, boasts a cohort of 77 million strong. College student populations are expected to continue to grow over the next decade (by an average of 1 percent annually through 2020). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 2011 and 2020, U.S. college enrollment is projected to increase by about 2.3 million students. Additionally, colleges have been experiencing a steady increase in international student attendance. The United States has one of the best higher education systems in the world, which draws students worldwide.
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