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Table 268. Total fall enrollment in degree-granting institutions, by control and level of institution, level of enrollment, and race/ethnicity of student: 2011
Level of enrollment and race/ethnicity of student Total, all insti-
tutions
Public institutions Nonprofit institutions For-profit institutions
Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year
Total Research univer-
sity, very high1
Research univer-
sity, high2
Doctoral/
research univer-
sity3
Master's4 Bacca-
laureate5
Special
focus6
Total Research univer-
sity, very high1
Research univer-
sity, high2
Doctoral/
research univer-
sity3
Master's4 Bacca-
laureate5
Special
focus6
Total 4-year 2-year
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
  Fall enrollment
All students, total 20,994,113 15,110,196 8,047,729 2,341,040 1,473,049 404,864 2,638,999 1,099,460 90,317 7,062,467 3,927,186 3,887,322 545,127 322,039 325,374 1,538,715 804,338 351,729 39,864 1,956,731 1,559,080 397,651
White 12,394,153 8,935,068 5,027,670 1,481,610 960,204 244,201 1,653,193 635,841 52,621 3,907,398 2,530,624 2,511,483 288,298 201,447 193,519 1,044,380 552,626 231,213 19,141 928,461 767,814 160,647
Black 3,067,947 2,013,346 931,900 153,904 151,621 99,393 350,368 169,651 6,963 1,081,446 494,648 482,870 32,376 34,009 40,871 209,692 128,975 36,947 11,778 559,953 456,100 103,853
Hispanic 2,890,111 2,275,792 945,731 210,458 166,883 31,622 330,112 200,346 6,310 1,330,061 317,843 313,007 42,676 26,839 37,871 132,169 51,440 22,012 4,836 296,476 194,786 101,690
Asian 1,216,562 915,315 512,505 234,713 71,129 10,170 144,066 41,060 11,367 402,810 235,872 234,354 75,165 21,602 25,195 60,666 21,847 29,879 1,518 65,375 52,293 13,082
Pacific Islander 65,916 42,969 18,965 4,954 2,867 303 5,790 4,925 126 24,004 10,227 10,085 630 475 844 4,529 2,282 1,325 142 12,720 9,584 3,136
American Indian/Alaska                                            
Native 186,076 142,429 66,137 13,342 11,932 1,881 21,717 9,723 7,542 76,292 23,045 22,056 1,643 910 1,506 8,470 4,685 4,842 989 20,602 16,925 3,677
Two or more races 432,873 313,534 165,588 52,000 30,258 5,814 54,910 21,256 1,350 147,946 76,009 75,470 14,822 6,234 6,748 25,794 15,986 5,886 539 43,330 34,225 9,105
Nonresident alien 740,475 471,743 379,233 190,059 78,155 11,480 78,843 16,658 4,038 92,510 238,918 237,997 89,517 30,523 18,820 53,015 26,497 19,625 921 29,814 27,353 2,461
                                             
Undergraduate 18,063,037 13,688,792 6,626,325 1,757,177 1,162,546 324,642 2,262,264 1,091,046 28,650 7,062,467 2,718,880 2,679,016 265,952 194,614 197,587 1,092,532 756,651 171,680 39,864 1,655,365 1,257,714 397,651
White 10,611,587 8,043,353 4,135,955 1,125,652 759,095 196,459 1,409,067 629,988 15,694 3,907,398 1,781,609 1,762,468 144,277 129,810 115,432 742,577 517,318 113,054 19,141 786,625 625,978 160,647
Black 2,698,872 1,881,024 799,578 121,523 127,240 82,054 298,591 168,557 1,613 1,081,446 361,948 350,170 16,680 17,799 25,074 147,135 122,883 20,599 11,778 455,900 352,047 103,853
Hispanic 2,685,064 2,175,230 845,169 178,411 143,687 26,144 295,329 199,856 1,742 1,330,061 237,010 232,174 26,185 16,297 25,919 102,281 49,261 12,231 4,836 272,824 171,134 101,690
Asian 1,025,766 829,332 426,522 193,317 57,567 7,595 125,802 40,655 1,586 402,810 143,938 142,420 43,386 13,236 16,035 39,820 20,115 9,828 1,518 52,496 39,414 13,082
Pacific Islander 59,285 40,695 16,691 3,914 2,375 247 5,235 4,874 46 24,004 7,435 7,293 249 307 577 3,293 2,198 669 142 11,155 8,019 3,136
American Indian/Alaska                                            
Native 169,949 133,885 57,593 10,221 10,009 1,475 19,095 9,667 7,126 76,292 18,133 17,144 943 598 909 6,265 4,404 4,025 989 17,931 14,254 3,677
Two or more races 390,187 293,937 145,991 43,459 25,944 5,111 49,894 21,082 501 147,946 57,971 57,432 9,429 4,499 4,830 20,560 15,324 2,790 539 38,279 29,174 9,105
Nonresident alien 422,327 291,336 198,826 80,680 36,629 5,557 59,251 16,367 342 92,510 110,836 109,915 24,803 12,068 8,811 30,601 25,148 8,484 921 20,155 17,694 2,461
                                             
Postbaccalaureate 2,931,076 1,421,404 1,421,404 583,863 310,503 80,222 376,735 8,414 61,667 1,208,306 1,208,306 279,175 127,425 127,787 446,183 47,687 180,049 301,366 301,366
White 1,782,566 891,715 891,715 355,958 201,109 47,742 244,126 5,853 36,927 749,015 749,015 144,021 71,637 78,087 301,803 35,308 118,159 141,836 141,836
Black 369,075 132,322 132,322 32,381 24,381 17,339 51,777 1,094 5,350 132,700 132,700 15,696 16,210 15,797 62,557 6,092 16,348 104,053 104,053
Hispanic 205,047 100,562 100,562 32,047 23,196 5,478 34,783 490 4,568 80,833 80,833 16,491 10,542 11,952 29,888 2,179 9,781 23,652 23,652
Asian 190,796 85,983 85,983 41,396 13,562 2,575 18,264 405 9,781 91,934 91,934 31,779 8,366 9,160 20,846 1,732 20,051 12,879 12,879
Pacific Islander 6,631 2,274 2,274 1,040 492 56 555 51 80 2,792 2,792 381 168 267 1,236 84 656 1,565 1,565
American Indian/Alaska                                            
Native 16,127 8,544 8,544 3,121 1,923 406 2,622 56 416 4,912 4,912 700 312 597 2,205 281 817 2,671 2,671
Two or more races 42,686 19,597 19,597 8,541 4,314 703 5,016 174 849 18,038 18,038 5,393 1,735 1,918 5,234 662 3,096 5,051 5,051
Nonresident alien 318,148 180,407 180,407 109,379 41,526 5,923 19,592 291 3,696 128,082 128,082 64,714 18,455 10,009 22,414 1,349 11,141 9,659 9,659
  Percentage distribution of U.S. residents
U.S. residents, total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 61.2 61.0 65.6 68.9 68.8 62.1 64.6 58.7 61.0 56.1 68.6 68.8 63.3 69.1 63.1 70.3 71.0 69.6 49.2 48.2 50.1 40.7
Black 15.1 13.8 12.2 7.2 10.9 25.3 13.7 15.7 8.1 15.5 13.4 13.2 7.1 11.7 13.3 14.1 16.6 11.1 30.2 29.1 29.8 26.3
Hispanic 14.3 15.5 12.3 9.8 12.0 8.0 12.9 18.5 7.3 19.1 8.6 8.6 9.4 9.2 12.4 8.9 6.6 6.6 12.4 15.4 12.7 25.7
Asian 6.0 6.3 6.7 10.9 5.1 2.6 5.6 3.8 13.2 5.8 6.4 6.4 16.5 7.4 8.2 4.1 2.8 9.0 3.9 3.4 3.4 3.3
Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.8
American Indian/Alaska                                            
Native 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.6 0.9 0.5 0.8 0.9 8.7 1.1 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.6 1.5 2.5 1.1 1.1 0.9
Two or more races 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.2 1.5 2.1 2.0 1.6 2.1 2.1 2.1 3.3 2.1 2.2 1.7 2.1 1.8 1.4 2.2 2.2 2.3
                                             
Undergraduate 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 60.2 60.0 64.3 67.1 67.4 61.6 64.0 58.6 55.4 56.1 68.3 68.6 59.8 71.1 61.1 69.9 70.7 69.3 49.2 48.1 50.5 40.7
Black 15.3 14.0 12.4 7.2 11.3 25.7 13.6 15.7 5.7 15.5 13.9 13.6 6.9 9.8 13.3 13.9 16.8 12.6 30.2 27.9 28.4 26.3
Hispanic 15.2 16.2 13.1 10.6 12.8 8.2 13.4 18.6 6.2 19.1 9.1 9.0 10.9 8.9 13.7 9.6 6.7 7.5 12.4 16.7 13.8 25.7
Asian 5.8 6.2 6.6 11.5 5.1 2.4 5.7 3.8 5.6 5.8 5.5 5.5 18.0 7.3 8.5 3.7 2.7 6.0 3.9 3.2 3.2 3.3
Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.8
American Indian/Alaska                                            
Native 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.6 0.9 0.5 0.9 0.9 25.2 1.1 0.7 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.6 0.6 2.5 2.5 1.1 1.1 0.9
Two or more races 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.6 2.3 1.6 2.3 2.0 1.8 2.1 2.2 2.2 3.9 2.5 2.6 1.9 2.1 1.7 1.4 2.3 2.4 2.3
                                             
Postbaccalaureate 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 68.2 71.9 71.9 75.0 74.8 64.3 68.4 72.1 63.7 69.3 69.3 67.2 65.7 66.3 71.2 76.2 70.0 48.6 48.6
Black 14.1 10.7 10.7 6.8 9.1 23.3 14.5 13.5 9.2 12.3 12.3 7.3 14.9 13.4 14.8 13.1 9.7 35.7 35.7
Hispanic 7.8 8.1 8.1 6.8 8.6 7.4 9.7 6.0 7.9 7.5 7.5 7.7 9.7 10.1 7.1 4.7 5.8 8.1 8.1
Asian 7.3 6.9 6.9 8.7 5.0 3.5 5.1 5.0 16.9 8.5 8.5 14.8 7.7 7.8 4.9 3.7 11.9 4.4 4.4
Pacific Islander 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.5
American Indian/Alaska                                            
Native 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.9 0.9
Two or more races 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.6 0.9 1.4 2.1 1.5 1.7 1.7 2.5 1.6 1.6 1.2 1.4 1.8 1.7 1.7
†Not applicable.
1 Research universities with a very high level of research activity.
2 Research universities with a high level of research activity.
3 Institutions that award at least 20 doctor's degrees per year, but did not have high levels of research activity.
4 Institutions that award at least 50 master's degrees per year.
5 Institutions that primarily emphasize undergraduate education. Also includes institutions classified as 4-year under the IPEDS system, which had been classified as 2-year in the Carnegie system because they primarily award associate's degrees.
6 Four-year institutions that award degrees primarily in single fields of study, such as medicine, business, fine arts, theology, and engineering.
NOTE: Relative levels of research activity for research universities were determined by an analysis of research and development expenditures, science and engineering research staffing, and doctoral degrees conferred, by field. Further information on the research index ranking may be obtained from http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/resources/. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2012, Enrollment component. (This table was prepared November 2012.)
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