|Table B02. Percentage of 1995–96 and 2003–04 beginning postsecondary students who persisted or attained a credential after 6 years, by initial degree or certificate program and field of study: 2001 and 2009|
|Initial degree or certificate program and field of study||Persisted or attained||Attained any credential|
|Total, all beginning students1||66.0||64.5||51.6||49.5|
|Total, all beginning subbaccalaureate students||56.7||55.9||42.5||39.4|
|Career/technical field of study2||56.6||55.8||45.8||40.7|
|Agriculture and natural resources||‡||67.8||‡||62.9|
|Business and marketing||54.1||52.4||42.4||34.7|
|Communications and arts||44.4||60.7||36.5||40.8|
|Computer and information sciences||49.3||48.4||39.9||30.9|
|Engineering and architecture||62.5||60.3||45.5||44.2|
|Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation||50.5||59.7||45.4||52.4|
|Public, legal, social, and protective services||58.8||51.6||41.0||37.3|
|Academic field of study3||60.9||57.8||39.9||38.4|
|General studies and liberal arts and sciences||61.6||54.6||43.9||42.2|
|Natural sciences and mathematics||57.5||66.6||31.6||44.7|
|Social sciences and history||‡||69.4||‡||38.8|
|Multi and interdisciplinary studies||‡||‡||‡||‡|
|Undeclared field of study||54.4||55.3||36.4||36.6|
|Career/technical field of study2||57.8||60.5||53.8||52.7|
|Agriculture and natural resources||‡||‡||‡||‡|
|Business and marketing||57.7||55.5||55.3||47.3|
|Communications and arts||‡||‡||‡||‡|
|Computer and information sciences||69.1||25.6||!||64.6||21.8||!|
|Engineering and architecture||47.6||69.2||42.8||!||60.0|
|Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation||49.7||64.9||46.0||59.6|
|Public, legal, social, and protective services||63.2||63.8||47.8||54.5|
|Academic field of study4||62.0||75.5||40.6||!||54.4|
|Undeclared field of study||51.5||74.0||44.8||62.1|
|Career/technical field of study2||55.8||54.3||40.4||36.9|
|Agriculture and natural resources||‡||66.9||‡||63.2|
|Business and marketing||52.4||52.0||36.4||33.1|
|Communications and arts||45.5||61.4||35.8||41.7|
|Computer and information sciences||41.0||51.3||29.4||!||32.1|
|Engineering and architecture||67.6||59.0||46.4||41.8|
|Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation||53.4||!||52.3||43.2||42.3|
|Public, legal, social, and protective services||57.7||50.5||39.3||35.8|
|Academic field of study3||60.9||56.3||39.9||37.0|
|General studies and liberal arts and sciences||62.4||52.0||45.4||40.0|
|Natural sciences and mathematics||53.5||65.8||26.6||!||42.3|
|Social sciences and history||‡||67.0||‡||38.7|
|Multi and interdisciplinary studies||‡||‡||‡||‡|
|Undeclared field of study||55.0||50.6||34.7||30.1|
|Total, all beginning baccalaureate students||81.0||79.0||66.3||67.3|
|Career field of study2||81.1||77.5||67.1||64.4|
|Agriculture and natural resources||64.8||83.6||53.9||76.9|
|Business and marketing||80.0||71.8||67.5||59.0|
|Communications and arts||77.6||83.4||65.2||69.7|
|Computer and information sciences||78.6||70.6||62.2||57.5|
|Engineering and architecture||84.0||80.1||68.6||65.6|
|Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation||‡||80.0||‡||72.7|
|Public, legal, social, and protective services||79.2||74.7||65.8||58.9|
|Academic field of study3||81.1||83.6||67.3||73.5|
|General studies and liberal arts and sciences||72.6||80.3||58.9||67.4|
|Natural sciences and mathematics||86.2||84.6||69.7||74.3|
|Social sciences and history||78.2||82.8||68.4||74.7|
|Multi and interdisciplinary studies||82.6||‡||61.6||‡|
|Undeclared field of study||80.7||79.0||64.5||68.8|
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents
more than 30 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Students who were not initially enrolled in a degree or certificate program are included in the totals but not shown separately.
2 Communications and arts includes visual and performing arts and communications; journalism; and related technologies. Engineering and architecture includes engineering, engineering technologies, and related fields; and architecture and related services. Manufacturing, construction, repair and transportation includes construction trades; mechanic, repair technologies and technicians; precision production; and transportation and materials moving. Personal services includes parks, recreation and leisure and fitness studies; and personal and culinary services. Public, legal, social, and protective services include family, consumer sciences and human sciences; legal professions and studies; public administration and social service; and homeland security, law enforcement, and protective services.
3 Humanities includes area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and groups studies; English language, literature, and letters; foreign languages and literature, and linguistics; and philosophy, theology, and religious studies. Natural sciences and mathematics includes biological and biomedical sciences; mathematics and statistics; physical sciences; and science technologies and technicians. In 1995–96, humanities includes clinical pastoral care; in 2003–04 this major was included in public, legal, social, and protective services.
4 Due to the limited number of cases, estimates for certificates in academic fields by major field of study are not shown.
NOTE: Estimates include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. These estimates were previously published in NCES report #2012-256, "Occupational and Academic Majors in Postsecondary Education: 6-Year Education and Employment Outcomes, 2001 and 2009."
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1995–96 and 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Studies, Second Follow-ups (BPS:96/01 and BPS:04/09).