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Table 291. Degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by control of institution and level of degree: 1969-70 through 2009-10
Year Public institutions Private institutions
Total Not-for-profit For-profit
Asso-
ciate's degrees
Bache-
lor's degrees
Mas-
ter's degrees
Doctor's degrees1 Asso-
ciate's degrees
Bache-
lor's degrees
Mas-
ter's degrees
Doctor's degrees1 Asso-
ciate's degrees
Bache-
lor's degrees
Mas-
ter's degrees
Doctor's degrees1 Asso-
ciate's degrees
Bache-
lor's degrees
Mas-
ter's degrees
Doctor's degrees1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1969-70 170,966 519,550 134,545 33,725 35,057   272,766 79,044 25,761
1970-71 215,645 557,996 151,603 36,927 36,666   281,734 83,961 28,071
1971-72 255,218 599,615 167,075 40,297 36,796   287,658 90,126 30,909
1972-73 278,132 630,899 174,405 44,229 38,042   291,463 94,249 35,283
1973-74 303,188 651,544 184,632 45,018 40,736   294,232 97,442 37,573
                                   
1974-75 318,474 634,785 193,804 45,788 41,697   288,148 103,741 39,116
1975-76 345,006 635,161 206,298 47,517 46,448   290,585 111,179 43,490
1976-77 355,650 630,463 208,901 47,573 50,727   289,086 114,124 44,157
1977-78 358,874 627,903 202,099 47,553 53,372   293,301 115,888 44,792
1978-79 346,808 621,666 192,016 48,602 55,894   299,724 115,670 46,369
                                   
1979-80 344,536 624,084 187,499 48,550 56,374   305,333 117,697 47,081
1980-81 352,391 626,452 184,384 50,023 63,986 2  308,688 118,253 47,993
1981-82 366,732 636,475 182,295 50,500 67,794 2 316,523 120,152 47,338
1982-83 377,817 646,317 176,246 50,943 71,803 2  323,193 120,169 48,392
1983-84 379,249 646,013 170,693 50,727 72,991   328,296 120,448 50,072
                                   
1984-85 377,625 652,246 170,000 51,489 77,087   327,231 123,472 49,296
1985-86 369,052 658,586 169,903 51,001 76,995   329,237 125,947 49,279
1986-87 358,811 659,260 167,797 51,216 77,493   332,004 128,733 47,261
1987-88 354,180 658,491 173,778 51,641 80,905   336,338 132,005 47,498
1988-89 357,001 675,675 179,109 51,963 79,763   343,080 137,517 48,608
                                   
1989-90 375,635 700,015 186,104 53,451 79,467   351,329 144,048 50,057 42,497 344,569 142,681 49,655 36,970 6,760 1,367 402
1990-91 398,055 724,062 193,057 55,235 83,665   370,476 149,806 50,312 45,821 360,634 146,161 49,841 37,844 9,842 3,645 471
1991-92 420,265 759,475 203,398 56,186 83,966   377,078 154,691 53,368 45,700 370,718 153,291 52,830 38,266 6,360 1,400 538
1992-93 430,321 785,112 213,843 57,020 84,435   380,066 161,189 55,052 47,713 373,346 159,562 54,399 36,722 6,720 1,627 653
1993-94 444,373 789,148 221,428 58,366 86,259   380,127 171,609 54,270 48,493 371,561 168,718 53,502 37,766 8,566 2,891 768
                                   
1994-95 451,539 776,670 224,152 58,788 88,152   383,464 179,457 55,478 48,643 373,454 176,485 54,675 39,509 10,010 2,972 803
1995-96 454,291 774,070 227,179 59,398 100,925   390,722 185,001 56,109 50,678 379,916 181,142 55,506 50,247 10,806 3,859 603
1996-97 465,494 776,677 233,237 61,081 105,732   396,202 192,023 57,666 49,168 384,086 186,963 56,864 56,564 12,116 5,060 802
1997-98 455,084 784,296 235,922 60,948 103,471   400,110 200,115 57,787 47,625 386,455 194,048 57,089 55,846 13,655 6,067 698
1998-99 452,616 792,392 238,954 60,028 112,368   409,847 207,084 56,672 47,757 394,749 198,481 55,663 64,611 15,098 8,603 1,009
                                   
1999-2000 448,446 810,855 243,157 60,655 116,487   427,020 220,028 58,081 46,337 406,958 209,720 56,972 70,150 20,062 10,308 1,109
2000-01 456,487 812,438 246,054 60,820 122,378   431,733 227,448 58,765 45,711 408,701 215,815 57,722 76,667 23,032 11,633 1,043
2001-02 471,660 841,180 249,820 61,061 123,473   450,720 237,493 58,602 45,761 424,322 223,229 57,707 77,712 26,398 14,264 895
2002-03 498,279 875,596 265,643 61,611 135,737   473,215 253,056 59,968 46,183 442,060 238,069 58,894 89,554 31,155 14,987 1,074
2003-04 524,875 905,718 285,138 64,205 140,426   493,824 279,134 61,882 45,759 451,518 250,894 60,447 94,667 42,306 28,240 1,435
                                   
2004-05 547,519 932,443 291,505 67,511 149,141   506,821 288,646 66,876 45,344 457,963 253,564 65,278 103,797 48,858 35,082 1,598
2005-06 557,134 955,369 293,517 70,036 155,932   529,873 306,214 68,020 46,442 467,836 261,090 66,066 109,490 62,037 45,124 1,954
2006-07 566,535 975,513 291,971 73,085 161,579   548,579 318,626 71,605 43,829 477,805 267,690 69,239 117,750 70,774 50,936 2,366
2007-08 578,520 996,435 299,983 75,533 171,644   566,634 330,683 73,845 44,788 490,685 275,829 70,679 126,856 75,949 54,854 3,166
2008-09 596,098 1,020,435 308,206 77,268 191,227   580,933 353,873 77,157 46,929 496,260 290,393 73,446 144,298 84,673 63,480 3,711
2009-10 640,113 1,049,057 322,243 78,779 209,339   600,957 370,782 79,779 46,673 503,164 299,911 75,166 162,666 97,793 70,871 4,613
—Not available.
1 Includes Ph.D., Ed.D., and comparable degrees at the doctoral level. Includes most degrees formerly classified as first-professional, such as M.D., D.D.S., and law degrees.
2 Part of the increase is due to the addition of schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1969-70 through 1985-86; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions Survey" (IPEDS-C:87-99); and IPEDS Fall 2000 through Fall 2010, Completions component. (This table was prepared August 2011.)
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