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Largest U.S. Academic Libraries

Buried in the 2016 Digest of Education Statistics, is this table ranking the largest libraries by total number of volumes. Additional data such as the size of the staff, the number of weekly visits, hours of operation, etc. are also included.


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Student Financial Aid Statistics

This impressively titled NCES report – 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16): Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2015–16  – presents national aggregations along various indices. Among the measurements are: type of aid, level of income, type of college (profit and non-profit included), and undergraduate and graduate recipients. A very useful adjunct to this report is the College Board’s Trends in Student Aid 2017.

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Jersey City Is Again Named the Country’s Most Ethnically Diverse City

According to WalletHub, Jersey City has regained its position as the most diverse city in the country. Using information from the Census Bureau (and available to everyone for free, here are the basic facts about Jersey City), the folks at WalletHub crunched the numbers using their methodologies to arrive at their conclusions.

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More Than 90% of U.S. Population 25 Years and Over Are High School Graduates

For data crossing across a wide spectrum of criteria – age, sex, race, Hispanic origins – please visit this Census site – Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017. International comparisons, though dated as of 2015, can form a comparative basis. Use table 1 from International Educational Attainment from NCES.

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Statistics on International Students in the U.S. and American Students Abroad

This annual report from the IIE details the number of international students studying here as well as American students studying abroad. For international students, accompanying data focuses on country of origin, the top universities hosting these students, their field of endeavor, their academic level, and their primary source of funding. Similar figures are given for American students abroad with some additional tables of interest; i.e., duration of study, students with disabilities. An executive summary is a useful adjunct to these presentation; it shows that once again the New York metropolitan area is the top destination for international students.

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Find Out What Nationalities Live In Your Town

Have you ever wondered from what countries people in your town come. Where I live, it has always been stated that we are like a mini-United Nations with so many different countries represented here. So how to find ancestry groups? It is easy. Just use the

American Factfinder from the Census Bureau

To find what ancestry groups are in your town, please follow these steps:

Choose “Advanced Search” from homepage

Select “Race & Ethnic Groups” link

Choose “Ancestry” link

Input town, county, city, state name in geography box

Your results will be located in the “B04066” grouping, in many cases highlighted by a star.

For example, you’ll find that Jersey City is home to 36 people who claim Cajun ancestry, 2422 who hail from Guyana, 11, 167 who identify as having Irish ancestors, and 12, 840 who have ancestors from Italy.


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Latest Data on College Graduation Rates, Financial Aid, and Admissions

This impressively entitled NCES report –Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2008-13; Outlook Measures for Cohort Year 2008; Student Financial Aid, Academic Year 2015-16; and Admissions, Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2016 – presents nationally aggregated data on the above topics. For the first time, part-time and transfer students are included in tracking completion rates of 100%, 150%, and 200%. (Please read Expanding College Success Rates to Reflect Today’s College Students. It explains the rationale for inclusion of part-time and transfer students thusly :”…over the past decade, the number of non-traditional students has outpaced the increase in traditional students, mostly driven by growth in those who have transferred schools.”)

Types of financial aid are listed along with the average amount of the award, and the all-important net price of attending college.

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