9 ways college is different for millennials than it was for previous generations
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- Millennials' lives are a lot different than their parents' lives were at the same age.
- Exhibit A: College - higher education has evolved over time, creating a different environment for millennials compared to previous generations.
- Most significantly, college today is more expensive for millennials - but it has also experienced an increase in technological advancements and opportunities, diversity, and stress and competition.
Millennials face a lot of differences compared to their parents - they carry bigger financial burdens; deal with a different dating pool; always have to be "on" at work, but have more flexible working options; and have access to social media.They also have a different college experience than baby boomers and Gen X did. Most notoriously so, the cost of college tuition has significantly increased since the 1980s, but there are a few other contrasts as well, both good and bad - think technological advancements, increased diversity, and more stress and competition. Advertisement
In fact, more millennials are attending college than any previous generation. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of college-educated young adults with a bachelor's degree is at its highest point yet - 40% of millennial workers aged 25 to 29 had a bachelor's degree in 2016, compared to 32% of Gen Xers in 2000 and 26% of baby boomers in 1985.
But they're attending college in a different environment. From the price of college textbooks to online learning opportunities, here's how college differs for millennials.
More students are going to college.
College is more competitive.Advertisement
College is more expensive.
College textbooks are also pricier.Advertisement
College today is more technologically advanced.
More students are learning online.Advertisement
The student population is more diverse.
College students aren't as religious as they used to be.Advertisement
College students are more stressed today.
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