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Is it uncommon to be an 18 year old sophomore?

NightRogueNightRogue 38 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
We all know the average age of a sophomore is 19-20 but we also know of people who start college early and it is possible to a 17 year old freshman or 18 year old sophomore. I was wondering, on average, how common or rare is this occurrence?
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22642 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It does happen. I started college at 17 (graduated in Jan) and my daughter was 17 for her entire first semester (December birthday, started K at 4).

    For my daughter and her grade school cohort, she and one other girl were 4 when they started K, and that girl turned 5 in Sept. Many of the other kids were already 6 or turned 6 soon after school started. In other parts of the country, it is not uncommon for 4 year olds to start K but in our school system that is rare.

    but it isn't rare or common. It also isn't a big deal.
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  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 3934 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My D was 18 for part of sophomore year. It’s not a big deal.
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  • dropbox77177dropbox77177 183 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The valedictorian when I was a senior in college was 18. I myself turned 18 part way through sophomore year. Definitely not a big deal.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3978 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    are you talking about class standing or the number of years actually attended (i.e. 1 year = freshman, 2 years sophomore, etc)?

    For class standing, for a lot of the better public schools, being a sophomore or higher when you enter the university because of having a ton of AP and/or DE credits is common.
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  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 4153 replies29 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It’s relatively common, some students start Kindergarten at 4 depending on the state birthday cutoff, some students skip a grade, some accelerate or earn sophomore status due to AP or dual enrollment. Probably lots of other reasons too.
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  • NightRogueNightRogue 38 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Do you mean it isn't uncommon?
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  • NightRogueNightRogue 38 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @twoinanddone Are you saying it isn't uncommon?
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8830 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I don't think it's unusual at all. Different states have different cut off dates and ages for kindergarten. I started at a small school (our homeroom had 30 kids) and I went there right up through middle school. At least 3 if us had birthdays that meant we'd turn 18 our sophomore year of college.
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 799 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    it doesn't seem unusual to me. My daughter was 18 and technically a junior when she started college due to dual enrollment credits. There are plenty of kids who live where the cut off is later, skip a grade, have college credits from high school etc.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 794 replies10 threadsRegistered User Member
    Depends on your definition of uncommon. I accelerated a year in elementary school so was 17 most of my Freshman year. I met several other folks at my school who were in the same situation. So it’s not totally unheard of. But it’s not like there are thousands of students and a high percentage of the population. Just off the top of my head, maybe 1-10% depending on the school.

    That is for actually entering your 2nd full year attending college at 18. Just about everyone my D knows was technically a “Sophomore” for classification/course selection at 18 either when they first arrived or after their first semester, due to >30 credits through AP, dual enrollment, etc. No one actually called, or considered, themself a Sophomore based on that.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22642 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think that by pure stats, there are more 18 year old freshmen than 17 year old freshman. Sure there are kids who skip a grade but there are also kids who take a gap year. The averages are going to work out. Remember, every college freshman isn't living in a dorm; some are married, some are starting school after the military or a religious mission, or playing jr pro hockey for a year.

    I said it isn't uncommonl because to me something unusual is rare. Most people in the world have brown or black eyes, but having blue eyes isn't uncommon. There are plenty of 18 year old sophomores so therefore I don't think it is rare. The majority are 19 or older.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8830 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    According to your other threads you're a college senior this year. You seem to have a history of hyperfocusing on random things. The only reason age might matter is if you're interested in dating a freshman, but that's the kind of thing you find out before you ask someone out. Other than that it doesn't matter.
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