Educational Attainment in the U.S.

Updated June 30, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

How many people graduate college in the U.S.

It's a common point of discussion that college degrees are becoming more and more expected in the United States. But how many people actually have degrees? According to the Census Bureau:

High School graduate 27.8%
Some college 17.5%
Associate's degree 10.1%
Bachelor's degree 22.1%
Master's degree 9.4%
Doctoral or Professional degree 3.2%
NOTE: Persons 25 years and older,

This means that nearly half of U.S. adults have achieved some sort of college degree, and well over half have attended some amount of college.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2020


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