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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

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Table 26.1.

Number, percentage conferred on females, and percentage distribution of degrees awarded by degree-granting institutions, by level of degree, race/ethnicity, and sex: 200708


Race/ethnicity and sex Total Associate's Bachelor's Master's First-professional1 Doctor's
  Number of degrees
Total2 3,093,277 750,164 1,563,069 625,023 91,309 63,712
White 2,134,839 501,079 1,122,675 409,312 65,383 36,390
Male 892,057 194,099 492,137 155,035 34,618 16,168
Female 1,242,782 306,980 630,538 254,277 30,765 20,222
Percent female 58.2 61.3 56.2 62.1 47.1 55.6
Black 323,527 95,702 152,457 65,062 6,400 3,906
Male 104,321 30,016 52,247 18,357 2,389 1,312
Female 219,206 65,686 100,210 46,705 4,011 2,594
Percent female 67.8 68.6 65.7 71.8 62.7 66.4
Hispanic 256,940 91,274 123,048 36,801 4,840 2,279
Male 98,036 33,817 47,884 13,057 2,301 977
Female 158,904 57,457 75,164 23,744 2,539 1,302
Percent female 61.8 63.0 61.1 64.5 52.5 57.1
Asian/Pacific Islander 200,773 38,843 109,058 37,408 11,846 3,618
Male 89,411 15,936 49,485 17,227 5,135 1,628
Female 111,362 22,907 59,573 20,181 6,711 1,990
Percent female 55.5 59.0 54.6 53.9 56.7 55.0
American Indian/Alaska Native 25,063 8,849 11,509 3,758 675 272
Male 9,264 3,003 4,523 1,280 343 115
Female 15,799 5,846 6,986 2,478 332 157
Percent female 63.0 66.1 60.7 65.9 49.2 57.7

  Percentage distribution
Total2 100.0 24.3 50.5 20.2 3.0 2.1
White 100.0 23.5 52.6 19.2 3.1 1.7
Male 100.0 21.8 55.2 17.4 3.9 1.8
Female 100.0 24.7 50.7 20.5 2.5 1.6
Black 100.0 29.6 47.1 20.1 2.0 1.2
Male 100.0 28.8 50.1 17.6 2.3 1.3
Female 100.0 30.0 45.7 21.3 1.8 1.2
Hispanic 100.0 35.5 47.9 14.3 1.9 0.9
Male 100.0 34.5 48.8 13.3 2.3 1.0
Female 100.0 36.2 47.3 14.9 1.6 0.8
Asian/Pacific Islander 100.0 19.3 54.3 18.6 5.9 1.8
Male 100.0 17.8 55.3 19.3 5.7 1.8
Female 100.0 20.6 53.5 18.1 6.0 1.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 35.3 45.9 15.0 2.7 1.1
Male 100.0 32.4 48.8 13.8 3.7 1.2
Female 100.0 37.0 44.2 15.7 2.1 1.0
1 Includes degrees that require at least 6 years of college work for completion (including at least 2 years of preprofessional training). By the National Center for Education Statistics' definition, first-professional degrees are awarded in the fields of dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), medicine (M.D.), optometry (O.D.), osteopathic medicine (D.O.), pharmacy (D.Phar.), podiatric medicine (D.P.M.), veterinary medicine (D.V.M.), chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.), law (J.D.), and theological professions (M.Div. or M.H.L.).
2 Includes degrees conferred to nonresident aliens not separately shown; therefore, numbers within each degree do not sum to totals.
NOTE: Estimates in this table may differ from those reported in other publications due to a change in the level of award categories; see Appendix A: Guide to Sources for more information. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2008.
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