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Table 18. Undergraduate fall enrollment in degree-granting institutions and the percentage of undergraduates who are female, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1980 through 2009
 
Year Total   White   Black   Hispanic   Asian/
Pacific Islander
  American Indian/
Alaska Native
Total
(in
thous
-ands)
Percent
female
  Total
(in
thous
-ands)
Percent
female
  Total
(in
thous
-ands)
Percent female   Total
(in
thous
-ands)
Percent
female
  Total
(in
thous
-ands)
Percent
female
  Total
(in
thous
-ands)
Percent
female
1980 10,469 52.3   8,481 52.2   1,019 58.0   433 51.2   249 48.3   78 55.4
1990 11,959 55.0   9,273 54.9   1,147 61.0   725 54.9   500 49.2   95 58.2
2000 13,155 56.1   8,983 55.4   1,549 62.7   1,351 56.9   846 52.5   139 59.3
2002 14,257 56.6   9,565 55.6   1,764 63.6   1,533 57.7   927 53.0   152 60.2
2003 14,480 57.0   9,665 55.9   1,838 64.1   1,580 58.4   923 53.6   158 61.0
2004 14,781 57.1   9,771 55.9   1,918 64.3   1,667 58.6   950 53.8   160 60.9
2005 14,964 57.2   9,829 55.9   1,955 64.3   1,734 58.6   971 53.9   160 61.1
2006 15,184 57.1   9,885 55.8   2,006 64.3   1,810 58.5   998 53.8   164 60.4
2007 15,604 56.9   10,047 55.6   2,093 64.0   1,916 58.1   1,042 53.6   171 60.4
2008 16,366 56.8   10,339 55.5   2,269 63.8   2,104 58.0   1,118 54.0   176 59.9
2009 17,565 56.8   10,915 55.5   2,577 63.6   2,362 57.8   1,142 53.2   189 59.6
NOTE: Data for 1980 and 1990 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. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities" survey, 1980; and 1990 through 2009 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment" survey, 1990, and Spring 2001–10.

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