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Table 242. Number and percentage distribution of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions, by level, disability status, and selected student characteristics: 2003-04 and 2007-08
Selected student characteristic Undergraduate Postbaccalaureate, 2007-08
2003-04 2007-08
All students Students with disabilities1 Nondisabled
students
All students Students with disabilities1 Nondisabled
students
All students Students with disabilities1 Nondisabled
students
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Number of students (in thousands) 19,054 (—) 2,154 (—) 16,900 (—) 20,928 (—) 2,266 (—) 18,662 (—) 3,456 (—) 261 (—) 3,195 (—)
Percentage distribution 100.0 (†) 11.3 (0.18) 88.7 (0.18) 100.0 (†) 10.8 (0.18) 89.2 (0.18) 100.0 (†) 7.6 (0.47) 92.4 (0.47)
                                     
Sex (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Male 42.4 (0.34) 42.0 (0.82) 42.5 (0.35) 43.1 (0.60) 42.7 (0.84) 43.1 (0.62) 40.1 (0.71) 39.2 (2.87) 40.2 (0.70)
Female 57.6 (0.34) 58.0 (0.82) 57.5 (0.35) 56.9 (0.60) 57.3 (0.84) 56.9 (0.62) 59.9 (0.71) 60.8 (2.87) 59.8 (0.70)
                                     
Race/ethnicity of student (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
White 62.9 (0.71) 65.0 (0.86) 62.6 (0.74) 61.8 (0.52) 66.3 (0.80) 61.2 (0.53) 66.6 (0.89) 63.6 (3.70) 66.9 (0.93)
Black 14.0 (0.60) 13.2 (0.73) 14.1 (0.61) 14.0 (0.28) 12.7 (0.51) 14.1 (0.29) 11.7 (0.61) 19.0 (4.24) 11.1 (0.58)
Hispanic 12.9 (0.39) 12.3 (0.55) 13.0 (0.40) 14.1 (0.44) 12.3 (0.61) 14.4 (0.46) 8.0 (0.38) 7.4 (1.21) 8.0 (0.41)
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.9 (0.30) 3.9 (0.40) 6.2 (0.31) 6.6 (0.19) 4.8 (0.36) 6.8 (0.19) 11.1 (0.50) 7.3 (1.08) 11.4 (0.51)
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.9 (0.10) 1.2 (0.17) 0.9 (0.11) 0.8 (0.09) 0.8 (0.12) 0.9 (0.09) 0.3 (0.07) 0.5 (0.48) 0.3 (0.06)
Other 3.3 (0.16) 4.5 (0.35) 3.2 (0.15) 2.7 (0.13) 3.2 (0.25) 2.6 (0.13) 2.3 (0.19) 2.3 (0.61) 2.3 (0.19)
                                     
Age (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
15 to 23 57.7 (0.51) 46.8 (0.91) 59.1 (0.50) 59.7 (0.29) 54.0 (0.74) 60.4 (0.31) 11.4 (0.42) 7.8 (1.10) 11.7 (0.44)
24 to 29 16.9 (0.24) 15.2 (0.48) 17.1 (0.24) 17.3 (0.18) 20.1 (0.65) 17.0 (0.19) 39.9 (0.86) 36.2 (2.70) 40.2 (0.88)
30 or older 25.4 (0.46) 38.0 (0.92) 23.8 (0.46) 23.0 (0.25) 25.9 (0.63) 22.7 (0.27) 48.7 (1.02) 56.0 (3.07) 48.1 (1.0)
                                     
Attendance status (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Full-time, full-year 40.3 (0.42) 34.8 (0.72) 41.0 (0.42) 39.3 (0.28) 34.7 (0.75) 39.8 (0.28) 34.1 (0.77) 32.6 (3.22) 34.2 (0.78)
Part-time or part-year 59.7 (0.42) 65.2 (0.72) 59.0 (0.42) 60.7 (0.28) 65.3 (0.75) 60.2 (0.28) 65.9 (0.77) 67.4 (3.22) 65.8 (0.78)
                                     
Student housing status (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) (†) (†) (†)
On-campus 14.2 (0.34) 10.9 (0.44) 14.6 (0.35) 14.2 (0.53) 11.1 (0.55) 14.5 (0.55) (†) (†) (†)
Off-campus 54.8 (1.19) 61.2 (1.62) 54.0 (1.16) 54.0 (1.05) 56.3 (1.27) 53.7 (1.04) (†) (†) (†)
With parents or relatives 31.0 (1.16) 27.9 (1.52) 31.4 (1.13) 31.9 (1.53) 32.6 (1.58) 31.8 (1.54) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
Dependency status (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Dependent 50.5 (0.54) 40.4 (0.97) 51.8 (0.52) 53.0 (0.31) 46.8 (0.71) 53.7 (0.34) (†) (†) (†)
Independent, unmarried 14.8 (0.25) 19.0 (0.59) 14.2 (0.25) 15.3 (0.20) 19.5 (0.59) 14.7 (0.20) 50.0 (0.87) 52.7 (4.23) 49.8 (0.79)
Independent, married 7.7 (0.18) 9.0 (0.43) 7.5 (0.18) 6.4 (0.13) 6.9 (0.39) 6.3 (0.15) 16.9 (0.58) 12.9 (1.77) 17.2 (0.61)
Independent with dependents 27.0 (0.40) 31.6 (0.78) 26.4 (0.39) 25.4 (0.30) 26.7 (0.74) 25.2 (0.29) 33.1 (0.99) 34.4 (4.14) 33.0 (0.93)
                                     
Veteran status (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Veteran 3.3 (0.13) 6.0 (0.44) 2.9 (0.12) 3.1 (0.13) 4.4 (0.30) 3.0 (0.13) 3.1 (0.32) 6.5 (1.70) 2.8 (0.28)
Not veteran 96.7 (0.13) 94.0 (0.44) 97.1 (0.12) 96.9 (0.13) 95.6 (0.30) 97.0 (0.13) 96.9 (0.32) 93.5 (1.70) 97.2 (0.28)
                                     
Field of study (percent) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Business/management 15.4 (0.26) 14.2 (0.61) 15.6 (0.25) 16.2 (0.24) 14.6 (0.56) 16.4 (0.25) 17.3 (1.11) 13.0 (2.11) 17.6 (1.11)
Education 6.7 (0.20) 6.3 (0.36) 6.7 (0.21) 5.8 (0.19) 5.4 (0.36) 5.9 (0.19) 23.9 (1.05) 28.3 (3.83) 23.6 (0.99)
Engineering/computer
     science/mathematics
9.4 (0.24) 9.3 (0.46) 9.4 (0.24) 8.9 (0.16) 8.7 (0.52) 8.9 (0.17) 8.8 (0.45) 6.3 (0.93) 9.0 (0.48)
Health 12.8 (0.31) 12.3 (0.51) 12.9 (0.32) 14.3 (0.37) 14.8 (0.63) 14.3 (0.38) 11.7 (0.39) 12.6 (2.48) 11.6 (0.37)
Humanities 10.3 (0.24) 10.9 (0.47) 10.3 (0.25) 15.2 (0.31) 17.0 (0.59) 15.0 (0.33) 6.7 (0.48) 5.9 (0.89) 6.8 (0.47)
Law (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 4.9 (0.34) 4.2 (0.58) 5.0 (0.36)
Life/physical sciences 4.5 (0.11) 4.2 (0.26) 4.5 (0.12) 6.2 (0.11) 5.6 (0.33) 6.3 (0.12) 4.8 (0.25) 3.9 (0.76) 4.8 (0.25)
Social/behavioral sciences 7.0 (0.15) 7.3 (0.34) 6.9 (0.16) 6.4 (0.11) 6.2 (0.38) 6.4 (0.12) 6.8 (0.52) 7.9 (1.41) 6.7 (0.52)
Vocational/technical 2.5 (0.15) 3.0 (0.23) 2.4 (0.15) 2.4 (0.16) 2.6 (0.23) 2.4 (0.16) (†) (†) (†)
Undeclared 21.7 (0.49) 22.3 (0.78) 21.6 (0.50) 14.1 (0.32) 14.3 (0.74) 14.0 (0.33) 6.3 (0.43) 6.0 (1.33) 6.3 (0.45)
Other 9.7 (0.25) 10.2 (0.48) 9.6 (0.26) 10.5 (0.25) 10.9 (0.46) 10.4 (0.25) 8.7 (0.38) 11.8 (1.83) 8.5 (0.37)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases).
1 Students with disabilities are those who reported that they had one or more of the following conditions: a specific learning disability, a visual handicap, hard of hearing, deafness, a speech disability, an orthopedic handicap, or a health impairment.
NOTE: Data are based on a sample survey of students who enrolled at any time during the school year. Data include Puerto Rico. Detail may not sum to totals because of survey item nonresponse and rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003-04 and 2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04 and NPSAS:08). (This table was prepared October 2009.)
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