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Distance learning

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

Response:

In fall 2014, there were 5,750,417 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 2014
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 20,207,369 14,456,952 5,750,417 2,926,083 2,824,334 100.0 71.5 28.5 14.5 14.0
Level of enrollment
Undergraduate 17,292,787 12,495,754 4,797,033 2,698,421 2,098,612 100.0 72.3 27.7 15.6 12.1
Postbaccalaureate 2,914,582 1,961,198 953,384 227,662 725,722 100.0 67.3 32.7 7.8 24.9
Control of institution
   Public 14,655,015 10,759,400 3,895,615 2,513,718 1,381,897 100.0 73.4 26.6 17.2 9.4
   Private nonprofit 3,996,089 3,096,278 899,811 295,593 604,218 100.0 77.5 22.5 7.4 15.1
   Private for-profit 1,556,265 601,274 954,991 116,772 838,219 100.0 38.6 61.4 7.5 53.9

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, 2015, Table 311.15.

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