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Distance learning

Question:
How many students take distance learning courses at the postsecondary level?

Response:

In fall 2013, there were 5,522,194 students enrolled in any distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.

Number and percentage of students enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by distance education participation, level of enrollment and control of institution: Fall 2013
Level of enrollment and control of institution Number of students Percent of students
Total No distance education courses Total, any distance education course(s) At least one, but not all, of student's courses are distance education courses Exclusively distance education course(s) Total No distance education courses Total, any distance education course(s) At least one, but not all, of student's courses are distance education courses Exclusively distance education course(s)
Total 20,375,789 14,853,595 5,522,194 2,862,991 2,659,203 100.0 72.9 27.1 14.1 13.1
Level of enrollment
Undergraduate 17,474,835 12,847,210 4,627,625 2,645,183 1,982,442 100.0 73.5 26.5 15.1 11.3
Postbaccalaureate 2,900,954 2,006,385 894,569 217,808 676,761 100.0 69.2 30.8 7.5 23.3
Control of institution
   Public 14,745,558 11,001,316 3,744,242 2,462,362 1,281,880 100.0 74.6 25.4 16.7 8.7
   Private nonprofit 3,974,004 3,178,594 795,410 275,020 520,390 100.0 80.0 20.0 6.9 13.1
   Private for-profit 1,656,227 673,685 982,542 125,609 856,933 100.0 40.7 59.3 7.6 51.7

NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2014 (NCES 2016-006), Table 311.15.

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