Many students lose interest in four-year college programs

Many high schoolers are not interested in pursuing a four-year college degree. Instead, 73% of respondents believe post-secondary education should be a shorter, more affordable, direct path to a career, according to a recent survey. The percentage of respondents indicating they are likely to attend a four-year college fell to 51% in 2022 from 71% in 2020. Many surveyed (42%) said their ideal post-secondary education would include three years of college or less, and 31% said it should be two years or less. The survey, that began in February 2020, included more than 5,300 high school students.