NC State Economist Mike Walden: Today’s College Students

College has changed a lot over the past several decades.  Give us some of the key characteristics of the students who attend college today.

  1. first – what are they studying
  2. top three majors are business, liberal arts, and health related majors – with a total of over 4 million majors in 2017
  3. in contrast, the STEM fields have just over 1.5 million majors
  4. although many stories of students with 6 figure loans, most have total loans under $20,000
  5. in terms of work during school, less than 10% full time students work more than 35 hours per week, whereas 50% of part time students work over 35 hours per week