Percentage of Canadians aged 25 to 29 who have a university degree by parents’ education

Statistics Canada, accessed January 15, 2012.

Women are more likely to have a university degree than men. In 2009, 37% of women 25 to 39 years of age held a university degree compared with 27% of men. However, young people are more likely to get a university degree if their parents have one. In fact, if both parents had a university degree, 67% of men and 77% of women aged 25 to 39 had a university degree compared with 20% and 31% of men and women, respectively, whose parents had a high school diploma.  The likelihood of obtaining a university degree increases as parental level of education increases.