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Table 283. Degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by level of degree and sex of student: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2020-21
Year Associate's degrees Bachelor's degrees Master's degrees Doctor's degrees1
Total Males Females Percent female Total Males Females Percent female Total Males Females Percent female Total Males Females Percent female
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1869-70 9,371 2  7,993 2  1,378 2  14.7 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.0
1879-80 12,896 2  10,411 2  2,485 2  19.3 879 868 11 1.3 54 51 3 5.6
1889-90 15,539 2  12,857 2  2,682 2  17.3 1,015 821 194 19.1 149 147 2 1.3
1899-1900 27,410 2  22,173 2  5,237 2  19.1 1,583 1,280 303 19.1 382 359 23 6.0
1909-10 37,199 2  28,762 2  8,437 2  22.7 2,113 1,555 558 26.4 443 399 44 9.9
                                       
1919-20 48,622 2  31,980 2  16,642 2  34.2 4,279 2,985 1,294 30.2 615 522 93 15.1
1929-30 122,484 2  73,615 2  48,869 2  39.9 14,969 8,925 6,044 40.4 2,299 1,946 353 15.4
1939-40 186,500 2  109,546 2  76,954 2  41.3 26,731 16,508 10,223 38.2 3,290 2,861 429 13.0
1949-50 432,058 2  328,841 2  103,217 2  23.9 58,183 41,220 16,963 29.2 6,420 5,804 616 9.6
1959-60 392,440 2  254,063 2  138,377 2  35.3 74,435 50,898 23,537 31.6 9,829 8,801 1,028 10.5
1969-70 206,023 117,432 88,591 43.0 792,316   451,097   341,219   43.1 213,589 130,799 82,790 38.8 59,486 53,792 5,694 9.6
                                       
1970-71 252,311 144,144 108,167 42.9 839,730   475,594   364,136   43.4 235,564 143,083 92,481 39.3 64,998 58,137 6,861 10.6
1971-72 292,014 166,227 125,787 43.1 887,273   500,590   386,683   43.6 257,201 155,010 102,191 39.7 71,206 63,353 7,853 11.0
1972-73 316,174 175,413 140,761 44.5 922,362   518,191   404,171   43.8 268,654 159,569 109,085 40.6 79,512 69,959 9,553 12.0
1973-74 343,924 188,591 155,333 45.2 945,776   527,313   418,463   44.2 282,074 162,606 119,468 42.4 82,591 71,131 11,460 13.9
1974-75 360,171 191,017 169,154 47.0 922,933   504,841   418,092   45.3 297,545 166,318 131,227 44.1 84,904 71,025 13,879 16.3
                                       
1975-76 391,454 209,996 181,458 46.4 925,746   504,925   420,821   45.5 317,477 172,519 144,958 45.7 91,007 73,888 17,119 18.8
1976-77 406,377 210,842 195,535 48.1 919,549   495,545   424,004   46.1 323,025 173,090 149,935 46.4 91,730 72,209 19,521 21.3
1977-78 412,246 204,718 207,528 50.3 921,204   487,347   433,857   47.1 317,987 166,857 151,130 47.5 92,345 70,283 22,062 23.9
1978-79 402,702 192,091 210,611 52.3 921,390   477,344   444,046   48.2 307,686 159,111 148,575 48.3 94,971 70,452 24,519 25.8
1979-80 400,910 183,737 217,173 54.2 929,417   473,611   455,806   49.0 305,196 156,882 148,314 48.6 95,631 69,526 26,105 27.3
                                       
1980-81 416,377 188,638 227,739 54.7 935,140   469,883   465,257   49.8 302,637 152,979 149,658 49.5 98,016 69,567 28,449 29.0
1981-82 434,526 196,944 237,582 54.7 952,998   473,364   479,634   50.3 302,447 151,349 151,098 50.0 97,838 68,630 29,208 29.9
1982-83 449,620 203,991 245,629 54.6 969,510   479,140   490,370   50.6 296,415 150,092 146,323 49.4 99,335 67,757 31,578 31.8
1983-84 452,240 202,704 249,536 55.2 974,309   482,319   491,990   50.5 291,141 149,268 141,873 48.7 100,799 67,769 33,030 32.8
1984-85 454,712 202,932 251,780 55.4 979,477   482,528   496,949   50.7 293,472 149,276 144,196 49.1 100,785 66,269 34,516 34.2
                                       
1985-86 446,047 196,166 249,881 56.0 987,823   485,923   501,900   50.8 295,850 149,373 146,477 49.5 100,280 65,215 35,065 35.0
1986-87 436,304 190,839 245,465 56.3 991,264   480,782   510,482   51.5 296,530 147,063 149,467 50.4 98,477 62,790 35,687 36.2
1987-88 435,085 190,047 245,038 56.3 994,829   477,203   517,626   52.0 305,783 150,243 155,540 50.9 99,139 63,019 36,120 36.4
1988-89 436,764 186,316 250,448 57.3 1,018,755   483,346   535,409   52.6 316,626 153,993 162,633 51.4 100,571 63,055 37,516 37.3
1989-90 455,102 191,195 263,907 58.0 1,051,344   491,696   559,648   53.2 330,152 158,052 172,100 52.1 103,508 63,963 39,545 38.2
                                       
1990-91 481,720 198,634 283,086 58.8 1,094,538   504,045   590,493   53.9 342,863 160,842 182,021 53.1 105,547 64,242 41,305 39.1
1991-92 504,231 207,481 296,750 58.9 1,136,553   520,811   615,742   54.2 358,089 165,867 192,222 53.7 109,554 66,603 42,951 39.2
1992-93 514,756 211,964 302,792 58.8 1,165,178   532,881   632,297   54.3 375,032 173,354 201,678 53.8 112,072 67,130 44,942 40.1
1993-94 530,632 215,261 315,371 59.4 1,169,275   532,422   636,853   54.5 393,037 180,571 212,466 54.1 112,636 66,773 45,863 40.7
1994-95 539,691 218,352 321,339 59.5 1,160,134   526,131   634,003   54.6 403,609 183,043 220,566 54.6 114,266 67,324 46,942 41.1
                                       
1995-96 555,216 219,514 335,702 60.5 1,164,792   522,454   642,338   55.1 412,180 183,481 228,699 55.5 115,507 67,189 48,318 41.8
1996-97 571,226 223,948 347,278 60.8 1,172,879   520,515   652,364   55.6 425,260 185,270 239,990 56.4 118,747 68,387 50,360 42.4
1997-98 558,555 217,613 340,942 61.0 1,184,406   519,956   664,450   56.1 436,037 188,718 247,319 56.7 118,735 67,232 51,503 43.4
1998-993 564,984 220,508 344,476 61.0 1,202,239   519,961   682,278   56.8 446,038 190,230 255,808 57.4 116,700 65,340 51,360 44.0
1999-2000 564,933 224,721 340,212 60.2 1,237,875   530,367   707,508   57.2 463,185 196,129 267,056 57.7 118,736 64,930 53,806 45.3
                                       
2000-01 578,865 231,645 347,220 60.0 1,244,171   531,840   712,331   57.3 473,502 197,770 275,732 58.2 119,585 64,171 55,414 46.3
2001-02 595,133 238,109 357,024 60.0 1,291,900   549,816   742,084   57.4 487,313 202,604 284,709 58.4 119,663 62,731 56,932 47.6
2002-03 634,016 253,451 380,565 60.0 1,348,811   573,258   775,553   57.5 518,699 215,172 303,527 58.5 121,579 62,730 58,849 48.4
2003-04 665,301 260,033 405,268 60.9 1,399,542   595,425   804,117   57.5 564,272 233,056 331,216 58.7 126,087 63,981 62,106 49.3
2004-05 696,660 267,536 429,124 61.6 1,439,264   613,000   826,264   57.4 580,151 237,155 342,996 59.1 134,387 67,257 67,130 50.0
                                       
2005-06 713,066 270,095 442,971 62.1 1,485,242   630,600   854,642   57.5 599,731 241,656 358,075 59.7 138,056 68,912 69,144 50.1
2006-07 728,114 275,187 452,927 62.2 1,524,092   649,570   874,522   57.4 610,597 242,189 368,408 60.3 144,690 71,308 73,382 50.7
2007-08 750,164 282,521 467,643 62.3 1,563,069   667,928   895,141   57.3 630,666 250,169 380,497 60.3 149,378 73,453 75,925 50.8
2008-09 787,325 298,141 489,184 62.1 1,601,368   685,382   915,986   57.2 662,079 263,538 398,541 60.2 154,425 75,639 78,786 51.0
2009-10 849,452 322,916 526,536 62.0 1,650,014   706,633   943,381   57.2 693,025 275,197 417,828 60.3 158,558 76,605 81,953 51.7
                                       
2010-114 863,000 324,000 539,000 62.5 1,715,000   735,000   980,000   57.1 718,000 295,000 423,000 58.9 168,200 81,600 86,600 51.5
2011-124 895,000 337,000 558,000 62.3 1,725,000   749,000   976,000   56.6 735,000 303,000 432,000 58.8 174,700 84,600 90,100 51.6
2012-134 899,000 338,000 561,000 62.4 1,744,000   755,000   989,000   56.7 747,000 306,000 441,000 59.0 178,700 86,600 92,100 51.5
2013-144  906,000 341,000 565,000 62.4 1,762,000   759,000   1,003,000   56.9 762,000 310,000 452,000 59.3 183,100 88,300 94,800 51.8
2014-154  915,000 343,000 571,000 62.4 1,786,000   765,000   1,021,000   57.2 781,000 316,000 465,000 59.5 188,000 90,100 97,900 52.1
                                       
2015-164  927,000 347,000 580,000 62.6 1,812,000   773,000   1,039,000   57.3 801,000 323,000 478,000 59.7 193,600 92,100 101,500 52.4
2016-174  940,000 350,000 590,000 62.8 1,844,000   784,000   1,060,000   57.5 819,000 329,000 490,000 59.8 199,600 94,300 105,300 52.8
2017-184  953,000 354,000 599,000 62.9 1,871,000   792,000   1,079,000   57.7 835,000 334,000 501,000 60.0 205,300 96,400 108,900 53.0
2018-194  967,000 358,000 609,000 63.0 1,899,000   800,000   1,099,000   57.9 851,000 339,000 512,000 60.2 210,500 98,200 112,300 53.3
2019-204  981,000 362,000 619,000 63.1 1,926,000   809,000   1,117,000   58.0 862,000 341,000 521,000 60.4 215,400 100,000 115,400 53.6
2020-214  994,000 366,000 628,000 63.2 1,926,000   809,000   1,117,000   58.0 871,000 342,000 529,000 60.7 219,900 101,600 118,300 53.8
—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 Includes some degrees classified as master's or doctor's degrees in later years.
3 Revised from previously published figures.
4 Projected.
NOTE: Data through 1994-95 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Appendix A: Guide to Sources for details.) Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Earned Degrees Conferred, 1869-70 through 1964-65; Projections of Education Statistics to 2020; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, 1965-66 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 July 2011.)
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