Postsecondary education in the United States encompasses a wide array of educational opportunities and programs. U.S. undergraduates attend postsecondary institutions that range from 4-year colleges and universities offering programs leading to baccalaureate and higher degrees to private for-profit vocational institutions offering occupational training of less than 1 year. This report provides a detailed statistical overview of the approximately 16.5 million undergraduates enrolled in all U.S. postsecondary institutions in 19992000. Preceding the detailed statistical tables is a discussion of the undergraduate populations diversity and the possible impact of this diversity on persistence in postsecondary education.
This report is based on data from the 19992000 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:2000), a survey representing all students enrolled in postsecondary education in 19992000.
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