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Table 11. Percentage distribution of 2002 high school sophomores ever enrolled in a postsecondary institution, by sector of first postsecondary institution, intended major, and student and family characteristics: 2006

  Public 4-year   Private 4-year1   Less than 4-year2  
Characteristic STEM major   Non-STEM major
or undecided
  STEM major   Non-STEM major
or undecided
  STEM major   Non-STEM major
or undecided
 
Total 20.5   79.5   17.9   82.1   10.3   89.7  
                         
Sex                        
Female 10.1   89.9   10.3   89.7   4.2   95.8  
Male 32.0   68.0   26.2   73.8   17.2   82.8  
                         
Race/ethnicity3                        
White, non-Hispanic 18.8   81.2   16.7   83.3   10.7   89.3  
Black, non-Hispanic 24.6   75.4   19.9   80.1   10.9   89.1  
Hispanic 19.8   80.2   16.9   83.1   9.5   90.5  
Asian, non-Hispanic 28.0   72.0   22.5   77.5   10.4   89.6  
All other races, non-Hispanic 18.2   81.8   21.2   78.8   8.6   91.4  
                         
Family income in 2001                        
$0-20,000 21.3   78.7   10.0   90.0   7.7   92.3  
$20,001-50,000 20.8   79.7   17.0   83.0   11.1   88.9  
$50,001-100,000 21.4   79.2   19.6   80.4   10.3   89.7  
$100,001 or more 17.9   78.6   18.7   81.3   10.5   89.5  
                         
Parental education                        
High school or less4 19.7   80.3   16.5   83.5   9.7   90.3  
Some college 18.4   81.6   15.5   84.5   9.6   90.4  
Bachelor's degree 20.3   79.7   18.2   81.8   10.5   89.5  
Graduate/professional degree 22.1   77.9   19.2   80.8   14.1   85.9  
                         
Native language5                        
English 19.6   80.4   17.1   82.9   10.8   89.2  
Non-English 23.9   76.1   23.1   76.9   8.2   91.8  
                         
1 Private includes both private for-profit and private not-for-profit postsecondary institutions.
2 Less than 4-year includes 2-year or less postsecondary institutions that are public, private for-profit, or private not-for-profit.
3 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races..
4 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by either student’s mother or father (including guardians); or, if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent (or guardian).
5 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT. The flag variable G10COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2002 high school sophomores interviewed in both 2002 and 2006. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."


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