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Table 11. Percentage distribution of 2002 high school sophomores reporting main reason 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 25.0 12.4 20.6 24.1 8.1 9.7  
                       
Sex                      
Female 23.2 12.3 21.4 25.8 8.9   8.5
Male 25.9 12.9 19.6 22.9 7.4   11.3
                       
Race/ethnicity2                      
White, non-Hispanic 24.1 14.1 21.0 23.7 7.9   9.2
Black, non-Hispanic 26.6 8.6 19.2 23.5 9.5   12.5
Hispanic 22.9 9.6 19.1 29.6 8.3   10.5
Asian, non-Hispanic 25.2 12.6   21.0   22.2 10.0   9.1
All other races, non-Hispanic 26.2 10.3   20.5 26.4   7.4   9.1
                       
Family income in 2001                      
$0-20,000 25.4 7.9 17.7 27.7 11.6   9.8
$20,001-50,000 24.7 9.1 22.2 26.8 7.6   9.7
$50,001-100,000 24.6 12.9 22.3 22.1 7.9   10.3
$100,001 or more 25.8 21.3 15.2   21.2   7.6   8.9  
                       
Native language3                      
English 24.5 13.1 20.5 24.1 8.1   9.8
Non-English 24.0 9.2 20.7 27.2 8.9   10.1
                       
Parental education4                      
High school or less 25.1 8.3 20.1 27.9 8.9   9.8
Some college 24.8 9.1 22.9 26.7 6.8   9.8
Bachelor's degree 24.2 15.0 20.3 21.7 8.3   10.5
Graduate/professional degree 23.7 19.7 17.1 20.9 9.6   9.0
                       
High school sector                      
Public 25.1 11.8 20.7 24.5 8.0   9.9
Catholic 23.9 18.3 19.5   20.2 8.8   9.2  
Other Private 22.2 18.3   18.6   21.3   10.6   8.9  
                       
1 Respondents could give only one main 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 The first language the student learned to speak.
4 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).
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT. 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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