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At what age did you start college?

  1. 16

    8 vote(s)
  2. 17

    15 vote(s)
  3. 18

    14 vote(s)
  4. 19

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  1. Jan 11, 2006 #1


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    I'm just curious as to the average age a person starts college coming straight
    out of high school.

    I started when I was 16.
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  3. Jan 11, 2006 #2
    Well I'm still a high school student, but I started taking some college classes about this time last year when I was 16.
  4. Jan 11, 2006 #3
    I'll just get this out of the way now: 11.6 (although I could have by 5 but apparantly I wasnt mature enough. Pheh)
  5. Jan 11, 2006 #4
    I was 21 :-\
  6. Jan 11, 2006 #5
    the average person is probably 17-19. Pf isn't exactly a random sampling. I started part time at FPC at 16, full time at Umass just after my 17th bday.
  7. Jan 11, 2006 #6
    I was 17 when I started.
  8. Jan 11, 2006 #7
    I was 17 for a month into university.
  9. Jan 11, 2006 #8
    I was 17 as well.
  10. Jan 11, 2006 #9


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    The typical student starting college in the US is 17 or 18, depending on when during the year their birthday falls. You can get the occassional student who was accelerated through high school and starts at 15 or 16 (I assume you mean actually matriculated as a college student, not those wiz-kids who start taking college classes at 13, but are still technically in secondary school half the day), and of course there are people who take time off after high school that can start college at any age, or who have been held back for some reason in school, so are a bit older at high school graduation (it doesn't always mean someone was flunked out...I've known of people who were seriously ill at some time during their secondary school years, so had to re-do a year of school because they missed too much).
  11. Jan 11, 2006 #10


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    Also, isn't "college" in Europe the equivalent of high school grades 11 & 12 in the US?
  12. Jan 11, 2006 #11
    I prefer older students in my classes. They are more focused on studying, and they dont complain about having to do work. Plus most of them work and are not spoiled brats. I amazed at how lazy students are. They want to do the least amount of work possible to get a passing grade. They are all going to be horrible engineers, if they ever pass their Fundamentals test, which I doubt.
  13. Jan 12, 2006 #12

    Yeah, might be good to specify University.
  14. Jan 12, 2006 #13
    Same here. No regrets at all.
  15. Jan 12, 2006 #14
    I'm not shure about othere parts of Europe but where I come frome it's not posible to finish higschool before the age of 18 and most poeple finish it at 19.
  16. Jan 12, 2006 #15


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    Is there a difference between college and university in the US?
  17. Jan 12, 2006 #16
    College/university (if they are the same thing educational-wise, as I have understood) is what you attend AFTER high school in Europe.
    You go to elementary school from age 7, for 9 years.
    Then you attend high-school for 3 years, and after that you can apply to college/university.

    That's how it works in Sweden anyway :smile:
  18. Jan 12, 2006 #17
    I started in college when I was 18, which is when Norwegians graduate from High School (videregaende skole).

    In Norway:
    Elementary school (Grunnskole): 6-16
    High school (Videregående skole): 16-18
    College/university (Høgskole/universitet): 18 ->
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  19. Jan 12, 2006 #18


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    I was 23 when I started.
  20. Jan 12, 2006 #19


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    When people ask me at age I started, and I tell them 16, they think my some academically gifted person (which btw I'm not). I didnt start high school in the US, when I came over here, they evaluated my credits and put me in the appropriate grade. When they did that they actually put me back a grade. Technically I was supposed to finish a 15.
  21. Jan 12, 2006 #20
    I don't know why you would ever want to start college @ 16. The most fun , hands down, of your life is turning 21 while in college.
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