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Distance learning

Question:
How many students take distance learning courses at the postsecondary level?

Response:

In fall 2018, there were 6,932,074 students enrolled in any distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.

Number and percentage of students enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by distance education participation, and level of enrollment and control of institution: Fall 2018
Level of enrollment and control of institution Number of students Percent of students
Total No distance education courses Any distance education course(s) Total No distance education courses Any distance education course(s)
Total, any distance education course(s) At least one, but not all, of student's courses are distance education courses Exclusively distance education course(s) Total, any distance education course(s) At least one, but not all, of student's courses are distance education courses Exclusively distance education course(s)
Total 19,645,918 12,713,844 6,932,074 3,674,087 3,257,987 100.0 64.7 35.3 18.7 16.6
Level of enrollment
Undergraduate 16,610,235 10,885,526 5,724,709 3,399,567 2,325,142 100.0 65.5 34.5 20.5 14.0
Postbaccalaureate 3,035,683 1,828,318 1,207,365 274,520 932,845 100.0 60.2 39.8 9.0 30.7
Control of institution
   Public 14,529,264 9,569,412 4,959,852 3,153,470 1,806,382 100.0 65.9 34.1 21.7 12.4
   Private nonprofit 4,134,244 2,878,717 1,255,527 418,048 837,479 100.0 69.6 30.4 10.1 20.3
   Private for-profit 982,410 265,715 716,695 102,569 614,126 100.0 27.0 73.0 10.4 62.5

NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (forthcoming). Digest of Education Statistics 2019, Table 311.15.

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