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11 Numbers That Put Senior Year Of College In Perspective

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1. Senior year of college is a fraction of your education. In fact, hours spent during a senior year class account for...

...of a student's entire academic career to date.

Think of all those childhood days! Most four-year college classes require at least 45 contact hours per semester. Even if you spent only four hours a day at school growing up (a minimum for some states), you've done most of the work during the first 15 years.
Via www2.ed.gov

Think of all those childhood days! Most four-year college classes require at least 45 contact hours per semester. Even if you spent only four hours a day at school growing up (a minimum for some states), you've done most of the work during the first 15 years.

2. If seniors studied nonstop, they could be studying for almost...

...and it would be the shortest and worst school year of all time.

Most bachelor's degree programs anticipate twice as many non-contact hours per semester than contact hours. Completing all these hours at once is, obviously, not recommended, but WOW!
Via www2.ed.gov

Most bachelor's degree programs anticipate twice as many non-contact hours per semester than contact hours. Completing all these hours at once is, obviously, not recommended, but WOW!

3. Seniors' study sessions could last...

...times as long as their school's 12 regular-season football games combined.

Most college teams play 12 games, estimated at 3.3 hours each.
Via cbssports.com

Most college teams play 12 games, estimated at 3.3 hours each.

4. Those study hours are an average...

...more hours per semester than professors estimate.

A study of senior business majors found that college students studied for 5.7 hours more than their professors estimated.
Via usatoday.com

A study of senior business majors found that college students studied for 5.7 hours more than their professors estimated.

5. During that year, seniors will consume an estimated...

...MILLION slices of pizza.

If pizza consumption is split evenly, it's estimated that the students of the University of Texas, Austin (the most attended college in the country) would get 6.5 pieces of pizza per semester (reports a pizza-dazed UT campus journalist).
Via dailytexanonline.com

If pizza consumption is split evenly, it's estimated that the students of the University of Texas, Austin (the most attended college in the country) would get 6.5 pieces of pizza per semester (reports a pizza-dazed UT campus journalist).

6. Seniors spend...

...less time writing emails than they likely will in the near future.

Whereas it's estimated that college students only spend six minutes a day on email, it's estimated that "knowledge workers" spend an estimated 106 minutes per day.
nytimes.com / Via theatlantic.com

Whereas it's estimated that college students only spend six minutes a day on email, it's estimated that "knowledge workers" spend an estimated 106 minutes per day.

7. After college, one study found college friends live an average of...

...miles away from each other.

No need to panic though. The same study found college friends have some of the most sustaining life-long relationships.
Via purdue.edu

No need to panic though. The same study found college friends have some of the most sustaining life-long relationships.

8. One study found that out of married, college-educated couples...

...met by the time they got their diploma.

The study shows religious colleges account for the most pairings.
Via thestate.com

The study shows religious colleges account for the most pairings.

9. Receiving an A letter grade is...

...more likely for a student now than it was in 1960.

Grade inflation, though seemingly a national crisis, ain't your problem! A 2012 study of nearly 1.5 million students found that grade percentage points have steadily increased since 1960.
Via tcrecord.org

Grade inflation, though seemingly a national crisis, ain't your problem! A 2012 study of nearly 1.5 million students found that grade percentage points have steadily increased since 1960.

10. The U.S. senior class is an intimidating bunch. It accounts for approximately...

...of the U.S. population right now.

In 2014, an expected 1.8 million people received bachelor's degrees from four-year colleges compared to the 318.6 million people who live in the U.S.
nces.ed.gov / Via census.gov

In 2014, an expected 1.8 million people received bachelor's degrees from four-year colleges compared to the 318.6 million people who live in the U.S.

11. But when it comes to recent graduates...

...agree that pushing through senior year will totally be worth it in the long run.

A Pew research study found that 62% of college students think their time in school has already paid off, and an additional 26% think it will be worth it down the line.
Via pewresearch.org

A Pew research study found that 62% of college students think their time in school has already paid off, and an additional 26% think it will be worth it down the line.

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