We have a crisis on our hands. The Government Shutdown of October, 2013 has left us without access to Higher Education data from IPEDS or NCES.
This morning at 4:10 (I wasn't awake) my colleague at Johnson and Wales University, Jim Olick, was trying to help out Politico reporter Libby Nelson figure out the average age of college students in the US, in light of the data vacuum. I tried to help, but couldn't find anything, but then tried the Internet Wayback Machine, where you can get archived snapshots of websites as they used to be. It's a great resource.
Anyway, I found table 200, showing age of college students over time. And here you go: