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Table 10. Percentage of 2002 high school sophomores reporting specific reasons for attending their first postsecondary institution, by selected student, family, and high school characteristics: 2006

  Reasons for attending first postsecondary institution1
Characteristic Program
of study
Reputation   Cost   Location   Personal
or family
reasons
  Another
reason
 
Total 55.1 46.1 52.1 70.8 26.4 17.2  
                       
Sex                      
Female 54.6 46.6 52.8 73.7 28.6   15.7
Male 55.3 46.3 51.7 68.1 24.2   19.2
                       
Race/ethnicity2                      
White, non-Hispanic 55.4 49.5 54.4 72.4 27.1   17.1
Black, non-Hispanic 56.0 38.4 43.2 64.6 26.0   19.9
Hispanic 49.4 38.5 50.7 70.8 23.3   17.5
Asian, non-Hispanic 57.2 47.1   53.5   69.8 29.8   16.2
All other races, non-Hispanic 56.6 46.8   50.8 72.2   25.7   15.4
                       
Family income in 2001                      
$0-20,000 53.0 36.2 48.8 67.9 26.9   15.2
$20,001-50,000 54.8 42.2 54.5 72.0 24.2   16.5
$50,001-100,000 53.9 46.8 53.8 69.9 26.6   18.4
$100,001 or more 59.6 58.9 45.7   72.8   30.0   18.4  
                       
Parental education3                      
High school or less 55.5 39.5 52.1 71.2 25.0   16.4
Some college 52.5 41.6 54.6 71.5 23.5   16.7
Bachelor's degree 55.9 48.6 52.6 70.8 28.1   17.6
Graduate/professional degree 56.9 59.0 48.2 70.7 31.1   19.0
                       
Native language4                      
English 55.2 47.2 52.1 71.0 26.7   17.4
Non-English 52.0 41.3 54.0 71.4 25.3   16.9
                       
High school sector                      
Public 55.0 44.8 52.4 70.9 25.8   17.3
Catholic 55.6 57.6 49.7   69.3 28.0   16.9  
Other Private 55.1 55.7   49.6   73.8   35.0   20.1  
                       
1 Respondents could give more than one reason.
2 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.
3 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by either the 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).
4 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT.
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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