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Older Adults Are Heading Back to School



Chatham University
Chatham University

Based on current trends, it seems traditional college-aged students are having to make room for older adults in their classrooms. Recent research by EAB, a Washington, D.C.-based education consulting firm, indicates an estimated 38% of undergraduates are considered adult learners older than age 25. Another recent survey of 2,000 parents reveals that 44% of them plan to return to college to pursue their dreams and new interests.


While the reasons for this back-to-school surge among older adults are varied, 62% of the parents interviewed acknowledged their decision was partially influenced by the realization that life is short, and there’s no time like the present to pursue their dreams. Others acknowledged that additional education could provide a fresh perspective on life, while some older adults return to school to complete a degree they started but never completed.