US education system Facts

7 Surprising Facts About the U.S. Education System

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1. U.S. Ranks 5th in College Degree Holders

The United States is ranked 5th in terms of number of college-degree holders amongst the age group of 25 to 64-year-olds. The U.S. is ranked 12th for its 25 to 34-year-olds in that same category.

3. There Are 4.3 Million International Students in the World

The number of students getting a college degree outside their country of citizenship worldwide has increased from 0.8 million in 1975 to 4.3 million in 2011.

5. U.S. Ranks #1 For International Student Hosting

The United States is ranked as the #1 host of international students followed by the United Kingdom in second place with a rising amount of students studying in Australia, New Zealand, and Spain.

6. U.S. Ranks 14th in College Completion Rate

The United States had one of the highest college retention and completion rates in the past but now has fallen to 14th behind Canada, South Korea, and Russia, which have much higher rates of college completion.

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