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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 25.1.

Table 25.1. Number and percentage distribution of degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by level of degree, race/ethnicity, and sex: 2003-04


Race/ethnicity and sex Total Associate's Bachelor's Master's First-professional1 Doctor's
Number of degrees
Total degrees conferred2 2,755,202 665,301 1,399,542 558,940 83,041 48,378
White 1,940,336 456,047 1,026,114 369,582 60,379 28,214
Male 818,690 183,819 445,483 143,827 31,994 13,567
Female 1,121,646 272,228 580,631 225,755 28,385 14,647
Black 271,911 81,183 131,241 50,657 5,930 2,900
Male 87,728 25,961 43,851 14,653 2,248 1,015
Female 184,183 55,222 87,390 36,004 3,682 1,885
Hispanic 201,619 72,270 94,644 29,666 4,273 1,662
Male 78,775 27,828 37,288 10,813 2,080 766
Female 122,844 44,442 57,356 18,853 2,193 896
Asian/Pacific Islander 168,770 33,149 92,073 30,952 9,964 2,632
Male 75,435 13,907 41,360 14,347 4,528 1,293
Female 93,335 19,242 50,713 16,605 5,436 1,339
American Indian/Alaska Native 22,731 8,119 10,638 3,192 565 217
Male 8,476 2,740 4,244 1,127 275 90
Female 14,255 5,379 6,394 2,065 290 127
  Percentage distribution
Total degrees conferred2 100.0 24.1 50.8 20.3 3.0 1.8
White 100.0 23.5 52.9 19.0 3.1 1.5
Male 100.0 22.5 54.4 17.6 3.9 1.7
Female 100.0 24.3 51.8 20.1 2.5 1.3
Black 100.0 29.9 48.3 18.6 2.2 1.1
Male 100.0 29.6 50.0 16.7 2.6 1.2
Female 100.0 30.0 47.4 19.5 2.0 1.0
Hispanic 100.0 35.8 46.9 14.7 2.1 0.8
Male 100.0 35.3 47.3 13.7 2.6 1.0
Female 100.0 36.2 46.7 15.3 1.8 0.7
Asian/Pacific Islander 100.0 19.6 54.6 18.3 5.9 1.6
Male 100.0 18.4 54.8 19.0 6.0 1.7
Female 100.0 20.6 54.3 17.8 5.8 1.4
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 35.7 46.8 14.0 2.5 1.0
Male 100.0 32.3 50.1 13.3 3.2 1.1
Female 100.0 37.7 44.9 14.5 2.0 0.9
1 A degree that signifies both completion of the academic requirements for beginning practice in a given profession and a level of professional skill beyond that normally required for a bachelor's degree. This degree usually is based on a program requiring at least 2 academic years of work prior to entrance and a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete the degree program, including both prior required college work and the professional program itself. First-professional degrees are awarded in the fields of dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, law, and theological professions.
2 Includes degrees conferred to nonresident aliens, not separately shown.
NOTE: Numbers within each degree do not sum to totals because degrees conferred to nonresident aliens are not shown separately on table. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2005, (NCES 2006-030), tables 259, 262, 265, 268, and 271, data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2004.
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