Lexington, KY (Vocus) October 27, 2010
Textbook giant eCampus.com recently concluded a research study compiling statistics geared at helping current and prospective college students prepare for the experience and opportunity higher education provides. The findings of this research study have been incorporated into the development of an infographic which contains information regarding enrollment statistics, various costs associated with the college experience, and the use of social media by students as well as other useful visual data.
According to the infographic posted on the eCampus.com blog, college students tend to put on weight during their freshman year. Male college students gain an average of 5.5 pounds while female college students gain an average of 4.5 pounds. This is partially due to the fact that 4 out of 5 college students drink, with over half of those students binge drinking. Another interesting statistic to consider as a prospective college student, is that 1 in 10 college admittance councilors admit to checking student Facebook profiles and 38% of those councilors found content that was less than flattering to the student applying.
The infographic also shows that the cost of a college education is not cheap. Students who are attending an in-state public 4-year college on average will pay $7,020 per year, while those seeking a degree from a private 4-year college should expect to spend on average $26,273 per year. Students at Sarah Lawrence College, the most expensive college in the country, will pay over $220,000 total for their 4 year degree. There are about 4.5 million college students, but 30% of students will spend thousands of dollars but will not graduate. On top of tuition, students are required to have the necessary course materials. The average amount students spend on textbooks each year is about $1,122.
Two out of three students graduating with a bachelors degree have student loan debt, and 17% of them will graduate with over $30,500 in debt. Some expenses are inevitable but eCampus.com is a great resource for saving money. One way for students to save money is by renting textbooks. This fall, eCampus.com helped save students a total of 2.4 million dollars by renting their textbooks. Students pay a smaller fee to rent textbooks, and at the end of the rental term can return their textbooks hassle free. No time or money wasted. Scholarships are another great way to get out of college debt-free. In the 2008 school year, $126 billion in scholarship money was awarded to students, some need based and some not.
eCampus.com was established on July 2, 1999. Since then, eCampus.com has grown into a major online retailer providing cheap textbooks for college and high school textbooks. eCampus.com’s mission is to provide the easiest, fastest, cheapest way for college and university students to buy textbooks, rent textbooks and sell textbooks. eCampus.com believes the Internet buying experience should be fun and shopping for textbooks should be as fast and convenient as possible. The company makes a personal commitment to every customer that eCampus.com will be the best source for everything they need.