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During the school year, do full-time college students spend more time on educational endeavors (like attending class and studying) or on leisure activities and sports?

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A study conducted at a "diverse range of campuses" by NYU professor Richard Arum and UVA Assistant Professor Josipa Roksa found that full-time college students spend an average of about 27 to 28 hours per week on education and about 43 hours per week on leisure and sports. Likewise, a 2011 paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics reported: "Full-time students allocated 40 hours per week toward class and studying in 1961, whereas by 2003, they were investing about 27 hours per week. Declines were extremely broad based and are not easily accounted for by framing effects, work or major choices, or compositional changes in students or schools. We conclude that there have been substantial changes over time in the quantity or manner of human capital production on college campuses."

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