November 5, 2012

Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College

Section 4: Attainment of Some College Education

Finally, there has been a recent surge in the share of young adults who have completed at least some college education. In 2012 a record 63% of adults ages 25 to 29 have finished at least some college. As recently as 2008, fewer than 60% of young adults had been to college. In 1971 a little more than a third of young adults had some college education. Since a record 42% share of 18- to 24-year-olds was enrolled in college in 2011 (Fry and Lopez, 2012), one might expect that the attainment of at least some college education will continue to rise over the near term.

Record levels of attainment of at least some college education are being driven by: