A recent study by The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research looked at online students—who they are, where they live in relation to their school, and other traits.

One of the main findings of the study was that 80 percent of online students live within 100 miles of a campus or service center of their institution.

Other finds include:

  • People of all ages take online courses, but 40 percent are under 30, and 20 percent are 25.
  • About two-thirds of online students attend not-for-profit institutions.  Students who enroll in not-for-profit and for-profit institutions share similar key demographics and preferences in regard to field of study, desired credentials, goals and motivation to pursue online education.
  • Although the large majority of online students enroll in degree programs, certificates attract 20 percent of the market.

You can read more about the study here.