Table E-BPS-1. Percentage distribution of 2003–04 beginning postsecondary students who were recent high school graduates, by June 2009 degree attainment status and other selected characteristics
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Table E-BPS-1.  Percentage distribution of 2003–04 beginning postsecondary students who were recent high school graduates, by June 2009 degree attainment status and other selected characteristics

Characteristic Total   Associate's or bachelor's degree attainment status in June 2009
  Degree No degree
Total 100.0 (†)   100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
               
Associate's or bachelor's degree attainment status in June 2009              
Degree 53.2 (0.81)   100.0 (†) 0.0 (†)
No degree 46.8 (0.81)   0.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
               
Sex              
Male 44.6 (0.79)   41.5 (0.96) 48.2 (1.14)
Female 55.4 (0.79)   58.5 (0.96) 51.8 (1.14)
               
Race/ethnicity              
White 65.8 (1.09)   73.4 (1.00) 57.2 (1.56)
Black 10.6 (0.83)   7.0 (0.68) 14.8 (1.17)
Hispanic 13.3 (0.66)   9.1 (0.56) 18.1 (1.12)
Asian 5.1 (0.34)   5.9 (0.37) 4.2 (0.56)
Other 5.1 (0.32)   4.5 (0.35) 5.7 (0.50)
               
Parent's highest level of education              
High school diploma or less and vocational-
    technical training
30.3 (0.66)   22.5 (0.83) 39.2 (1.13)
Some college, less than bachelor's degree 22.7 (0.68)   20.1 (0.77) 25.6 (1.08)
Bachelor's or higher degree 47.0 (0.75)   57.4 (0.91) 35.2 (0.94)
               
Income quartile in 2004              
Low 26.4 (0.58)   18.3 (0.58) 35.7 (1.02)
Low middle 25.6 (0.67)   24.2 (0.73) 27.2 (1.13)
High middle 24.7 (0.59)   26.9 (0.70) 22.1 (0.98)
High 23.3 (0.58)   30.6 (0.79) 15.0 (0.73)
               
Highest level of high school mathematics              
None of these courses 12.4 (0.46)   6.3 (0.47) 19.3 (0.87)
Algebra II/trigonometry 45.7 (0.78)   39.2 (0.91) 53.0 (1.22)
Precalculus/calculus 41.9 (0.74)   54.4 (0.93) 27.7 (1.00)
               
Earned any college-level credits in high school              
No 65.6 (0.90)   56.8 (1.04) 75.6 (1.10)
Yes 34.4 (0.90)   43.2 (1.04) 24.4 (1.10)
               
Took the SAT or ACT exams              
No 13.7 (0.69)   5.6 (0.52) 22.9 (1.19)
Yes 86.3 (0.69)   94.4 (0.52) 77.1 (1.19)
               
First institution control 2003–04              
Public 72.4 (0.59)   70.0 (0.73) 75.2 (1.05)
Private nonprofit 19.9 (0.39)   27.2 (0.61) 11.7 (0.62)
Private for-profit 7.6 (0.53)   2.8 (0.45) 13.1 (0.93)
               
First institution level 2003–04              
Less-than-4-year 41.0 (0.81)   24.1 (1.04) 60.1 (1.26)
4-year 59.0 (0.81)   75.9 (1.04) 39.9 (1.26)
               
Declared a major during first year              
               
No 31.3 (0.85)   29.7 (0.91) 33.2 (1.32)
Yes 68.7 (0.85)   70.3 (0.91) 66.8 (1.32)
               
Took any remedial classes in 2004              
No 76.7 (0.66)   80.0 (0.72) 73.0 (1.02)
Yes 23.3 (0.66)   20.0 (0.72) 27.0 (1.02)
               
Met with college advisor in 2004              
Never1 27.3 (0.70)   18.2 (0.67) 37.6 (1.13)
Sometimes or often 72.7 (0.70)   81.8 (0.67) 62.4 (1.13)
               
Participated in school clubs in 2004              
Never1 65.5 (0.65)   54.1 (0.81) 78.4 (0.88)
Sometimes or often 34.5 (0.65)   45.9 (0.81) 21.6 (0.88)
               
Participated in school sports in 2004              
Never1 72.0 (0.72)   64.2 (0.92) 80.9 (0.99)
Sometimes or often 28.0 (0.72)   35.8 (0.92) 19.1 (0.99)
               
Hours worked, including work-study              
Not working 33.5 (0.68)   37.8 (0.84) 28.7 (0.97)
Up to 20 hours a week 34.9 (0.64)   39.6 (0.83) 29.5 (0.89)
More than 20 hours a week 31.6 (0.79)   22.6 (0.88) 41.8 (1.17)
               
Attendance intensity pattern through 2009              
Always full-time 57.2 (0.75)   70.6 (0.78) 42.0 (1.23)
Part-time for some/all semesters 42.8 (0.75)   29.4 (0.78) 58.0 (1.23)
               
Number of stopouts2 through 2009              
Zero 63.0 (0.78)   79.5 (0.72) 44.3 (1.12)
One 27.3 (0.74)   17.7 (0.70) 38.3 (1.17)
Two or more 9.6 (0.52)   2.8 (0.25) 17.3 (1.01)
               
Number of transfers through 2009              
Zero 64.8 (0.82)   71.0 (0.88) 57.8 (1.23)
One 28.2 (0.76)   23.8 (0.79) 33.1 (1.16)
Two or more 7.0 (0.34)   5.2 (0.43) 9.1 (0.63)
† Not applicable.
1 Students who started their postsecondary education at less-than-2-year institutions skipped this item on the questionnaire. In such instances, student values were collapsed with the "Never" category for analysis purposes.
2 A “stopout” is defined as a temporary withdrawal of 5 or more consecutive months from enrollment at a postsecondary institution.
NOTE: Estimates are based on the sample of students who graduated from high school in 2003 or 2004 and who had a valid WTB000 weight. A small number of students in the sample (fewer than 150) reported that they graduated from high school in 2004. Students who were enrolled in high school and at a postsecondary institution concurrently were not eligible to be sampled for the BPS; however, students who completed high school in 2004 and then enrolled in a postsecondary course by June 2004 were eligible to be sampled. Standard errors appear in parentheses. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-up (BPS:04/09).
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