Morrow, GA— Enrollment numbers are spiking at colleges across the country for students over age 25, and Clayton State University ranks among the top 50 universities helping to make the college dream a reality for non-traditional undergrads.
According to a report issued in late August by Best College Reviews, the schools were graded based on flexible options, the percentage of students over age 25, the college acceptance rate, and the percentage of students enrolled in distance education.
Coming in at number 38, Clayton State’s tech friendly, solid liberal arts foundation, and diverse student body are big draws on campus. The university also offers online bachelors degree options in courses like Homeland Security, Dental Hygiene, Supply Chain, and Information Technology.
Data released by the National Center for Educational Statistics shows enrollment numbers rose 35 percent across the country for students over age 25 between 2002 and 2012, and it is expected to increase by another 20 percent by 2023. The uptick can possibly be attributed to the fact that older students may have been in the military, they’re looking to better their lives, they’re single parents and had to put college on hold, or they’re seeking career advancement.
In recent years, Clayton State has grown its enrollment numbers to more than 7,000 students, and it boasts record-setting freshmen enrollment numbers during this fall semester. Currently, 49% of undergraduates at the university are over age 25.
A list of all top 50 schools can be seen here.