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Table 271. Enrollment in postsecondary education, by level of enrollment, level of institution, student age, and major field of study: 2007-08
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]  
Major field of study Undergraduate Postbac-calaureate  
All students 2-year institutions1 4-year institutions  
Total (in thou-sands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thou-sands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thou-sands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thousands)  
Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35 Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35 Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  
Total 20,762 62.5   (0.30) 22.3   (0.20) 15.2   (0.21) 11,167 55.5   (0.41) 25.2   (0.32) 19.2   (0.31) 9,596 70.7   (0.57) 18.8   (0.35) 10.5   (0.32) 3,492  
                                                                 
Agriculture and related sciences 113 75.2   (2.67) 11.6   (1.95) 13.2   (2.28) 52 56.5   (4.44) 19.0   (3.76) 24.5   (4.34) 61 91.2   (1.92) 5.4   (1.41) 3.4 ! (1.36) 10  
Anthropology 39 81.9   (3.29) 14.9   (3.04) 3.2 ! (1.36) 6 74.1   (12.34) 25.7 ! (12.36)   (†) 32 83.4   (3.14) 12.8   (2.64) 3.8 ! (1.61) 7  
Architecture and related services 92 81.1   (4.05) 16.0   (3.86) 2.9 ! (0.98) 26 75.1   (6.25) 19.4   (5.80) 5.5 ! (2.76) 66 83.5   (4.88) 14.6 ! (4.70) 1.9 ! (0.81) 23  
Area, ethnic, and gender studies 27 80.8   (5.45) 13.1 ! (4.72) 6.1 ! (2.57) 4 87.0   (6.26) 12.6 ! (6.19)   (†) 23 79.9   (6.17) 13.2 ! (5.38) 6.9 ! (2.96)  
Biological and biomedical sciences 575 85.1   (0.88) 12.3   (0.82) 2.5   (0.40) 138 77.6   (1.93) 17.1   (1.89) 5.3   (1.16) 437 87.5   (0.96) 10.8   (0.89) 1.6   (0.38) 94  
                                                                 
Business, management, and marketing 3,381 58.7   (0.89) 24.1   (0.59) 17.2   (0.60) 1,386 56.7   (1.04) 24.4   (0.89) 18.9   (0.81) 1,995 60.2   (1.28) 23.8   (0.74) 16.0   (0.86) 614  
Communication and journalism 393 84.1   (1.42) 11.8   (1.18) 4.1   (0.65) 71 74.5   (4.08) 17.6   (3.47) 7.9 ! (2.47) 322 86.1   (1.40) 10.6   (1.15) 3.3   (0.60) 29  
Communications technologies/technicians 54 66.4   (4.93) 24.3   (4.32) 9.3 ! (3.89) 30 55.1   (7.42) 30.7   (7.15) 14.2 ! (6.68) 24 80.5   (5.02) 16.3 ! (4.90)   (†)  
Computer and information sciences 721 49.7   (1.58) 29.9   (1.34) 20.5   (1.46) 369 47.8   (2.11) 27.5   (1.95) 24.7   (1.94) 353 51.6   (2.58) 32.3   (2.28) 16.1   (2.21) 92  
Construction trades 109 43.0   (4.33) 34.1   (2.91) 22.9   (3.46) 95 39.8   (4.33) 35.4   (3.07) 24.8   (3.64) 14 64.2   (6.69) 25.4   (5.66) 10.4 ! (4.87)  
                                                                 
Criminology 29 75.0   (5.19) 14.4   (3.58) 10.6 ! (3.47)   (†)   (†)   (†) 25 74.7   (5.88) 15.7   (4.08) 9.6 ! (3.78)  
Economics 103 84.7   (2.30) 11.1   (2.05) 4.3   (1.09) 14 77.8   (5.83) 21.1   (5.88)   (†) 88 85.8   (2.57) 9.4   (2.26) 4.8   (1.27) 13  
Education 1,181 65.7   (0.90) 19.0   (0.72) 15.3   (0.75) 501 56.1   (1.44) 21.4   (1.20) 22.5   (1.43) 680 72.8   (1.21) 17.2   (1.13) 10.0   (0.80) 843  
Engineering 658 78.2   (1.05) 15.8   (0.94) 6.0   (0.58) 202 62.3   (2.53) 25.5   (2.02) 12.2   (1.56) 457 85.1   (1.05) 11.6   (1.00) 3.3   (0.57) 167  
Engineering technologies/technicians 365 55.5   (2.17) 27.4   (1.80) 17.1   (1.49) 252 50.6   (2.79) 29.1   (2.57) 20.4   (2.06) 113 66.6   (3.17) 23.6   (3.12) 9.9   (1.72) 14  
                                                                 
English language and literature/letters 241 77.8   (1.57) 16.1   (1.39) 6.2   (1.16) 55 67.4   (4.22) 22.1   (3.47) 10.5 ! (3.66) 186 80.9   (1.72) 14.3   (1.67) 4.9   (0.98) 36  
Family and consumer/human sciences 178 62.8   (2.74) 20.3   (2.70) 16.9   (1.87) 84 48.0   (4.02) 25.4   (4.28) 26.5   (3.83) 94 76.1   (3.35) 15.8   (3.21) 8.2   (1.51) 17  
Foreign languages and literatures 91 78.3   (3.00) 13.1   (2.56) 8.7   (1.91) 29 64.5   (6.70) 20.4 ! (6.41) 15.2 ! (4.93) 62 84.6   (2.51) 9.8   (1.85) 5.7   (1.63) 24  
Geography 20 69.9   (6.22) 22.1   (5.31) 8.0 ! (2.98)   (†)   (†)   (†) 19 72.1   (6.45) 19.8   (5.50) 8.1 ! (3.12)  
Health professions and related sciences 3,030 50.5   (0.62) 30.4   (0.60) 19.1   (0.48) 2,092 47.4   (0.73) 32.0   (0.69) 20.6   (0.63) 938 57.4   (1.36) 26.9   (1.47) 15.7   (0.93) 407  
                                                                 
History 168 80.2   (1.76) 12.4   (1.25) 7.5   (1.09) 34 80.5   (4.73) 14.3   (3.24) 5.2 ! (2.58) 135 80.1   (1.95) 11.9   (1.38) 8.1   (1.28) 25  
International relations and affairs 42 86.4   (4.81) 8.2 ! (2.93)   (†) 9 60.8   (16.76)   (†)   (†) 33 93.3   (2.34) 5.8 ! (2.19)   (†) 12  
Legal professions and studies 168 45.9   (4.10) 29.7   (3.35) 24.4   (3.17) 114 40.5   (3.61) 32.0   (4.38) 27.5   (3.94) 54 57.2   (8.69) 25.1   (4.85) 17.8 ! (6.42) 167  
Liberal arts, sciences and humanities 1,880 65.5   (0.84) 20.2   (0.64) 14.2   (0.62) 1,488 64.7   (0.98) 20.5   (0.77) 14.8   (0.74) 392 68.7   (1.77) 19.2   (1.39) 12.1   (0.99) 24  
Library science   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 29  
                                                                 
Mathematics and statistics 102 78.7   (2.63) 12.8   (1.90) 8.5   (1.95) 35 66.2   (4.48) 18.6   (3.98) 15.2   (3.33) 68 85.1   (3.12) 9.8   (2.05) 5.0 ! (2.34) 25  
Mechanic and repair technologies 215 54.5   (2.73) 26.9   (2.42) 18.6   (1.89) 202 53.9   (2.86) 27.0   (2.49) 19.0   (2.01) 13 63.5   (8.45) 24.9 ! (8.68) 11.6 ! (5.49)  
Military technologies   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)  
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 242 68.5   (2.24) 19.3   (1.85) 12.2   (1.37) 111 60.2   (3.69) 22.0   (2.83) 17.7   (2.36) 131 75.6   (2.74) 17.0   (2.48) 7.4   (1.32) 28  
Natural resources and conservation 52 75.7   (3.79) 19.8   (3.43) 4.4 ! (1.82) 15 74.9   (7.42) 13.6 ! (5.23) 11.6 ! (5.55) 37 76.1   (4.40) 22.3   (4.31)   (†) 13  
                                                                 
Parks, recreation, and fitness studies 149 83.6   (1.80) 12.0   (1.68) 4.4   (0.97) 37 79.8   (3.55) 12.7   (3.12) 7.5 ! (2.83) 112 84.8   (2.20) 11.8   (2.08) 3.4   (0.96) 14  
Personal and culinary services 351 59.6   (1.89) 27.4   (1.38) 13.0   (1.39) 307 59.2   (1.88) 27.6   (1.47) 13.2   (1.41) 44 62.3   (8.45) 26.1   (5.12) 11.5 ! (5.45)  
Philosophy and religious studies 68 75.2   (3.37) 13.3   (2.27) 11.5   (2.44) 10 52.2   (11.80) 29.7   (8.32)   (†) 57 79.4   (3.22) 10.3   (2.11) 10.3   (2.37) 29  
Physical sciences 172 80.3   (2.05) 15.7   (1.84) 4.0   (1.04) 45 69.4   (5.31) 21.3   (4.78) 9.2 ! (3.42) 127 84.1   (1.78) 13.7   (1.72) 2.1 ! (0.72) 51  
Political science and government 196 85.7   (1.53) 10.4   (1.20) 3.9   (1.10) 31 77.8   (5.35) 20.3   (5.09)   (†) 165 87.2   (1.65) 8.5   (1.14) 4.3 ! (1.32) 14  
                                                                 
Precision production 52 40.6   (5.09) 33.7   (4.78) 25.7   (4.29) 51 39.5   (5.13) 34.7   (4.90) 25.8   (4.39)   (†)   (†)   (†)  
Psychology 589 75.4   (1.02) 16.9   (0.83) 7.6   (0.64) 161 71.3   (1.97) 18.9   (1.95) 9.8   (1.27) 428 77.0   (1.31) 16.2   (0.92) 6.8   (0.77) 148  
Public administration and social services 178 50.1   (2.25) 23.4   (2.11) 26.5   (2.28) 68 38.4   (3.62) 23.1   (3.66) 38.5   (4.46) 110 57.2   (2.67) 23.6   (2.58) 19.1   (2.16) 104  
Science technologies/technicians 47 59.4   (5.27) 23.4   (4.27) 17.2   (3.92) 34 59.2   (6.47) 22.6   (5.40) 18.2   (5.25) 14 59.8   (8.28) 25.3   (6.90) 14.9 ! (5.53)  
Security and protective services 647 61.8   (1.59) 24.3   (1.39) 14.0   (1.26) 377 59.0   (2.29) 24.1   (2.02) 17.0   (1.86) 271 65.7   (2.34) 24.6   (2.11) 9.7   (1.26) 17  
                                                                 
Social sciences, other 63 61.0   (4.43) 20.3   (3.48) 18.8   (4.53) 21 59.7   (9.31) 21.7   (6.49)   (†) 42 61.6   (5.23) 19.5   (3.98) 18.8   (4.78) 19  
Sociology 133 72.8   (2.06) 14.0   (1.42) 13.2   (1.77) 31 68.2   (5.18) 13.8   (3.15) 18.0   (4.29) 102 74.1   (2.26) 14.1   (1.62) 11.7   (1.88) 10  
Theology and religious vocations 32 67.8   (7.75) 21.1 ! (6.38) 11.1   (2.34)   (†)   (†)   (†) 30 66.5   (8.18) 22.1 ! (6.66) 11.4   (2.55) 50  
Transportation and materials moving 59 35.3   (4.02) 37.3   (3.83) 27.4   (3.86) 29 27.6   (5.05) 35.2   (5.62) 37.2   (5.23) 30 42.6   (5.76) 39.4   (5.64) 18.0   (4.44)  
Visual and performing arts 782 77.4   (0.97) 15.8   (0.85) 6.7   (0.64) 276 70.7   (1.91) 16.7   (1.57) 12.6   (1.56) 505 81.1   (1.16) 15.4   (1.10) 3.5   (0.50) 62  
                                                                 
Undeclared or not in a degree program 1,689 66.0   (1.14) 20.2   (0.80) 13.9   (0.76) 1,184 59.9   (1.35) 23.5   (1.06) 16.6   (0.94) 505 80.3   (1.97) 12.2   (1.33) 7.5   (1.12)  
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Includes students attending less-than-2-year institutions and students attending more than one institution.
NOTE: Because of different survey editing and processing procedures, enrollment data in this table may differ from those appearing in other tables. Includes students who enrolled at any time during the 2007–08 academic year. Data include Puerto Rico. 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, 2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08), unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared July 2013.)
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