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Table 264. -  Bachelor's degrees conferred by institutions of higher education, by racial/ethnic group and sex of student: 1976-77 to 1995-96
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               |             Number of degrees conferred                      |       Percentage distribution of degrees conferred
               |______________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
               |          |        |       |       |        |American|        |      |      |      |      |        |American|
     Year      |  Total   | White, |Black, | His-  | Asian/ |Indian/ |  Non-  |Total |White,|Black,| His- | Asian/ |Indian/ |  Non-
               |          |  non-  | non-  | panic |Pacific |Alaskan |resident|      | non- | non- |panic |Pacific |Alaskan |resident
               |          |  His-  | His-  |       |Islander| Native | alien  |      | His- | His- |      |Islander| Native | alien
               |          | panic  | panic |       |        |        |        |      |panic |panic |      |        |        |
_______________|__________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
       1       |    2     |   3    |   4   |   5   |   6    |   7    |   8    |  9   |  10  |  11  |  12  |   13   |   14   |   15
_______________|__________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
               |                             Total                            |                     Total
               |______________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
1976-77\1\ ....|  917,900 |807,688 |58,636 |18,743 | 13,793 |  3,326 | 15,714 |100.0 | 88.0 |  6.4 |  2.0 |    1.5 |    0.4 |    1.7
1978-79\2\ ....|  919,540 |802,542 |60,246 |20,096 | 15,407 |  3,410 | 17,839 |100.0 | 87.3 |  6.6 |  2.2 |    1.7 |    0.4 |    1.9
1980-81\3\ ....|  934,800 |807,319 |60,673 |21,832 | 18,794 |  3,593 | 22,589 |100.0 | 86.4 |  6.5 |  2.3 |    2.0 |    0.4 |    2.4
1984-85\4\ ....|  968,311 |826,106 |57,473 |25,874 | 25,395 |  4,246 | 29,217 |100.0 | 85.3 |  5.9 |  2.7 |    2.6 |    0.4 |    3.0
1986-87\5\ ....|  991,264 |841,818 |56,560 |26,988 | 32,624 |  3,968 | 29,306 |100.0 | 84.9 |  5.7 |  2.7 |    3.3 |    0.4 |    3.0
1988-89\5,6\ ..|1,016,350 |859,703 |58,078 |29,918 | 37,674 |  3,951 | 27,026 |100.0 | 84.6 |  5.7 |  2.9 |    3.7 |    0.4 |    2.7
1989-90\5,7\ ..|1,048,631 |884,376 |61,063 |32,844 | 39,248 |  4,392 | 26,708 |100.0 | 84.3 |  5.8 |  3.1 |    3.7 |    0.4 |    2.5
1990-91\5,8\ ..|1,081,280 |904,062 |65,341 |36,612 | 41,618 |  4,513 | 29,134 |100.0 | 83.6 |  6.0 |  3.4 |    3.8 |    0.4 |    2.7
1991-92\5,9\ ..|1,129,833 |936,771 |72,326 |40,761 | 46,720 |  5,176 | 28,079 |100.0 | 82.9 |  6.4 |  3.6 |    4.1 |    0.5 |    2.5
1992-93\5,10\ .|1,159,931 |947,309 |77,872 |45,376 | 51,463 |  5,671 | 32,240 |100.0 | 81.7 |  6.7 |  3.9 |    4.4 |    0.5 |    2.8
1993-94\5,11\ .|1,165,973 |936,227 |83,576 |50,241 | 55,660 |  6,189 | 34,080 |100.0 | 80.3 |  7.2 |  4.3 |    4.8 |    0.5 |    2.9
1994-95\5,12\ .|1,158,788 |913,377 |87,203 |54,201 | 60,478 |  6,606 | 36,923 |100.0 | 78.8 |  7.5 |  4.7 |    5.2 |    0.6 |    3.2
1995-96\5,13\ .|1,163,036 |904,709 |91,166 |58,288 | 64,359 |  6,970 | 37,544 |100.0 | 77.8 |  7.8 |  5.0 |    5.5 |    0.6 |    3.2
               |__________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
               |                               Men                            |                      Men
               |______________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
1976-77\1\ ....|  494,424 |438,161 |25,147 |10,318 |  7,638 |  1,804 | 11,356 |100.0 | 88.6 |  5.1 |  2.1 |    1.5 |    0.4 |    2.3
1978-79\2\ ....|  476,065 |418,215 |24,659 |10,418 |  8,261 |  1,736 | 12,776 |100.0 | 87.8 |  5.2 |  2.2 |    1.7 |    0.4 |    2.7
1980-81\3\ ....|  469,625 |406,173 |24,511 |10,810 | 10,107 |  1,700 | 16,324 |100.0 | 86.5 |  5.2 |  2.3 |    2.2 |    0.4 |    3.5
1984-85\4\ ....|  476,148 |405,085 |23,018 |12,402 | 13,554 |  1,998 | 20,091 |100.0 | 85.1 |  4.8 |  2.6 |    2.8 |    0.4 |    4.2
1986-87\5\ ....|  480,782 |406,749 |22,501 |12,865 | 17,253 |  1,817 | 19,597 |100.0 | 84.6 |  4.7 |  2.7 |    3.6 |    0.4 |    4.1
1988-89\5,6\ ..|  481,946 |407,154 |22,370 |13,950 | 19,260 |  1,730 | 17,482 |100.0 | 84.5 |  4.6 |  2.9 |    4.0 |    0.4 |    3.6
1989-90\5,7\ ..|  490,317 |413,573 |23,262 |14,941 | 19,721 |  1,859 | 16,961 |100.0 | 84.3 |  4.7 |  3.0 |    4.0 |    0.4 |    3.5
1990-91\5,8\ ..|  496,424 |415,505 |24,328 |16,158 | 20,678 |  1,901 | 17,854 |100.0 | 83.7 |  4.9 |  3.3 |    4.2 |    0.4 |    3.6
1991-92\5,9\ ..|  516,976 |429,842 |26,956 |17,976 | 23,248 |  2,182 | 16,772 |100.0 | 83.1 |  5.2 |  3.5 |    4.5 |    0.4 |    3.2
1992-93\5,10\ .|  530,541 |435,084 |28,883 |19,865 | 25,293 |  2,449 | 18,967 |100.0 | 82.0 |  5.4 |  3.7 |    4.8 |    0.5 |    3.6
1993-94\5,11\ .|  530,804 |429,121 |30,648 |21,807 | 26,938 |  2,616 | 19,674 |100.0 | 80.8 |  5.8 |  4.1 |    5.1 |    0.5 |    3.7
1994-95\5,12\ .|  525,174 |417,006 |31,775 |23,600 | 28,973 |  2,736 | 21,084 |100.0 | 79.4 |  6.1 |  4.5 |    5.5 |    0.5 |    4.0
1995-96\5,13\ .|  521,439 |408,829 |32,852 |24,994 | 30,630 |  2,885 | 21,249 |100.0 | 78.4 |  6.3 |  4.8 |    5.9 |    0.6 |    4.1
               |__________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
               |                             Women                            |                     Women
               |______________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
1976-77\1\ ....|  423,476 |369,527 |33,489 | 8,425 |  6,155 |  1,522 |  4,358 |100.0 | 87.3 |  7.9 |  2.0 |    1.5 |    0.4 |    1.0
1978-79\2\ ....|  443,475 |384,327 |35,587 | 9,678 |  7,146 |  1,674 |  5,063 |100.0 | 86.7 |  8.0 |  2.2 |    1.6 |    0.4 |    1.1
1980-81\3\ ....|  465,175 |401,146 |36,162 |11,022 |  8,687 |  1,893 |  6,265 |100.0 | 86.2 |  7.8 |  2.4 |    1.9 |    0.4 |    1.3
1984-85\4\ ....|  492,163 |421,021 |34,455 |13,472 | 11,841 |  2,248 |  9,126 |100.0 | 85.5 |  7.0 |  2.7 |    2.4 |    0.5 |    1.9
1986-87\5\ ....|  510,482 |435,069 |34,059 |14,123 | 15,371 |  2,151 |  9,709 |100.0 | 85.2 |  6.7 |  2.8 |    3.0 |    0.4 |    1.9
1988-89\5,6\ ..|  534,404 |452,549 |35,708 |15,968 | 18,414 |  2,221 |  9,544 |100.0 | 84.7 |  6.7 |  3.0 |    3.4 |    0.4 |    1.8
1989-90\5,7\ ..|  558,314 |470,803 |37,801 |17,903 | 19,527 |  2,533 |  9,747 |100.0 | 84.3 |  6.8 |  3.2 |    3.5 |    0.5 |    1.7
1990-91\5,8\ ..|  584,856 |488,557 |41,013 |20,454 | 20,940 |  2,612 | 11,280 |100.0 | 83.5 |  7.0 |  3.5 |    3.6 |    0.4 |    1.9
1991-92\5,9\ ..|  612,857 |506,929 |45,370 |22,785 | 23,472 |  2,994 | 11,307 |100.0 | 82.7 |  7.4 |  3.7 |    3.8 |    0.5 |    1.8
1992-93\5,10\ .|  629,390 |512,225 |48,989 |25,511 | 26,170 |  3,222 | 13,273 |100.0 | 81.4 |  7.8 |  4.1 |    4.2 |    0.5 |    2.1
1993-94\5,11\ .|  635,169 |507,106 |52,928 |28,434 | 28,722 |  3,573 | 14,406 |100.0 | 79.8 |  8.3 |  4.5 |    4.5 |    0.6 |    2.3
1994-95\5,12\ .|  633,614 |496,371 |55,428 |30,601 | 31,505 |  3,870 | 15,839 |100.0 | 78.3 |  8.7 |  4.8 |    5.0 |    0.6 |    2.5
1995-96\5,13\ .|  641,597 |495,880 |58,314 |33,294 | 33,729 |  4,085 | 16,295 |100.0 | 77.3 |  9.1 |  5.2 |    5.3 |    0.6 |    2.5
_______________|__________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________

\1\Excludes 1,121 men and 528 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\2\Excludes 1,279 men and 571 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\3\Excludes 258 men and 82 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\4\Excludes 6,380 men and 4,786 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\5\Reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of degree, and sex were used to estimate race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported.
\6\Excludes 1,400 men and 1,005 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\7\Excludes 1,379 men and 1,334 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\8\Excludes 7,621 men and 5,637 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\9\Excludes 3,835 men and 2,885 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\10\Excludes 2,340 men and 2,907 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\11\Excludes 1,618 men and 1,684 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\12\Excludes 957 men and 389 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\13\Excludes 1,015 men and 741 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.

NOTE.--For years 1984-85 to 1995-96, reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of degree, and sex were used to estimate race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported. Because of rounding, percents may not add to 100.0.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys, and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions" surveys. (This table was prepared June 1998.)

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