Table 12. Percentage distribution of 2002 high school sophomores ever enrolled in a postsecondary institution, by sector of first postsecondary institution, intended major and high school math enjoyment: 2006

Public 4-year   Private 4-year1   Less than 4-year2
High school math enjoyment 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

When I do mathematics,
I sometimes get totally absorbed

Strongly agree 36.3   63.7   34.8   65.2   9.0   91.0
Agree 19.3   80.7   17.4   82.6   10.2   89.8
Disagree 16.6   83.4   15.9   84.1   10.2   89.8
Strongly disagree 12.5   87.5   12.3   87.7   8.9   91.1

Because doing mathematics is fun,
I wouldn't want to give it up

Strongly agree 41.3   58.7   40.1   59.9   11.1   88.9
Agree 23.4   76.6   23.2   76.8   12.1   87.9
Disagree 16.0   84.0   13.0   87.0   9.7   90.3
Strongly disagree 11.6   88.4   9.6   90.4   7.7   92.3

Mathematics is important to me
personally

Strongly agree 38.0   62.0   35.1   64.9   15.9   84.1
Agree 19.7   80.3   20.0   80.0   10.0   90.0
Disagree 14.2   85.8   12.6   87.4   10.0   90.0
Strongly disagree 10.8   89.2   6.6   93..4   6.3   93.7

! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
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.
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."