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Table 222. Enrollment in postsecondary education, by student level, type of institution, age, and major field of study: 2003-04
Field of study All students Undergraduate Graduate and first-professional
Total (in thousands) Percentage distribution, by age 2-year institutions1  4-year institutions
Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35 Total (in thousands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thousands) Percentage distribution, by age Total
(in thousands)
Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35 Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 21,880 (19.9) 55.7 (0.47) 25.8 (0.36) 18.4 (0.32) 9,588 (23.7) 51.7 (0.70) 26.1 (0.49) 22.3 (0.49) 9,466 (23.7) 70.7 (0.76) 18.2 (0.44) 11.1 (0.44) 2,826 (19.9)
                                                     
Agriculture and related sciences 95 (8.5) 72.0 (3.40) 19.2 (3.08) 8.8 (2.59) 36 (5.4) 62.0 (6.50) 23.2 (5.90) 14.8 (5.69) 52 (4.7) 82.7 (3.35) 13.4 (2.93) 3.9 (2.14) 8 (2.5)
Architecture and related services 126 (10.6) 68.0 (2.59) 24.8 (2.32) 7.2 (1.37) 46 (5.1) 57.2 (5.52) 28.7 (4.85) 14.0 (3.41) 68 (8.9) 80.4 (3.03) 16.8 (3.04) 2.8 (1.22) 12 (1.6)
Area, ethnic, and gender studies 44 (4.3) 63.2 (4.41) 21.2 (3.81) 15.6 (3.58) (†) (†) (†) (†) 30 (3.5) 80.7 (4.26) 12.3 (3.98) 7.0 (2.88) 8 (1.4)
Biological and biomedical sciences 500 (16.0) 77.6 (1.22) 18.2 (1.14) 4.2 (0.52) 94 (7.8) 70.8 (3.89) 21.1 (3.25) 8.1 (1.92) 350 (13.0) 87.4 (1.11) 10.4 (0.95) 2.1 (0.40) 56 (3.8)
Business, management, and marketing 3,431 (72.1) 51.1 (1.14) 28.3 (0.87) 20.5 (0.81) 1,170 (30.0) 51.7 (1.11) 25.7 (0.97) 22.7 (0.96) 1,805 (53.6) 60.7 (1.88) 23.2 (1.16) 16.1 (1.23) 456 (29.6)
                                                     
Communication and journalism 433 (18.8) 82.3 (1.14) 12.8 (1.07) 4.9 (0.89) 72 (7.0) 81.1 (3.43) 13.2 (2.70) 5.6 (1.73) 334 (15.8) 86.9 (1.33) 10.3 (1.16) 2.8 (0.88) 27 (5.9)
Communications technologies/technicians 112 (9.9) 65.4 (3.54) 19.5 (2.76) 15.1 (2.88) 45 (5.9) 64.3 (6.32) 16.0 (3.85) 19.7 (5.14) 63 (7.6) 69.8 (4.82) 19.2 (3.86) 10.9 (3.37) (†)
Computer and information sciences 998 (36.7) 49.3 (1.33) 29.2 (1.15) 21.5 (1.18) 436 (21.6) 45.6 (2.00) 28.7 (1.95) 25.7 (1.68) 494 (23.6) 56 (2.15) 27 (1.50) 17 (1.59) 69 (9.2)
Construction trades 95 (12.9) 46.4 (5.16) 29.9 (3.67) 23.7 (3.82) 75 (12.4) 38.4 (5.63) 34.5 (4.17) 27.0 (4.78) 20 (2.7) 77.7 (5.53) 12.0 (5.22) 10.3 (4.73) (†)
Criminal justice 452 (21.0) 59.5 (1.96) 28.5 (1.73) 12.0 (1.18) 210 (14.2) 56.4 (2.96) 31.0 (2.50) 12.5 (1.72) 231 (16.9) 64.1 (2.73) 24.0 (2.06) 11.9 (1.88) 11 (3.1)
                                                     
Economics 89 (7.0) 82.2 (2.53) 15.9 (2.26) 1.9 (0.80) 8 (2.0) 90.4 (6.26) 7.7 (6.28) 1.9 (0.98) 70 (6.7) 90.3 (2.29) 8.2 (1.93) 1.5 (0.94) 11 (1.4)
Education 1,951 (65.3) 48.0 (1.45) 30.2 (2.00) 21.8 (1.24) 491 (19.1) 55.9 (2.61) 22.6 (1.91) 21.5 (1.87) 790 (37.5) 73.5 (1.53) 16.3 (1.27) 10.2 (0.89) 670 (42.9)
Engineering 683 (51.6) 68.7 (1.87) 22.2 (1.18) 9.1 (1.56) 140 (9.6) 64.4 (3.62) 21.0 (2.46) 14.7 (2.41) 416 (42.3) 82.9 (1.80) 13.3 (1.68) 3.8 (0.62) 127 (13.8)
Engineering technologies/technicians 252 (15.1) 51.8 (2.80) 26.7 (2.45) 21.4 (2.45) 131 (10.5) 43.9 (3.81) 29.8 (3.76) 26.2 (3.64) 109 (9.6) 64.3 (3.77) 21.9 (3.28) 13.8 (2.42) 12 (2.8)
English language and literature/letters 273 (12.4) 72.4 (1.65) 19.3 (1.44) 8.4 (0.99) 48 (5.6) 74.7 (3.84) 17.8 (2.94) 7.4 (2.86) 192 (9.4) 79.9 (1.70) 13.1 (1.48) 7.0 (1.14) 33 (4.0)
                                                     
Family and consumer/human sciences 104 (8.4) 54.7 (3.41) 22.8 (3.11) 22.5 (2.82) 44 (6.1) 37.2 (5.07) 32.5 (4.51) 30.3 (4.71) 52 (5.6) 73.8 (4.07) 12.8 (2.86) 13.4 (4.42) (†)
Foreign languages and literatures 104 (7.0) 55.0 (2.93) 24.3 (2.42) 20.7 (2.71) 28 (4.6) 38.7 (5.75) 22.8 (4.36) 38.5 (6.46) 59 (4.3) 73.6 (3.36) 16.9 (3.06) 9.5 (2.51) 16 (2.4)
Geography 37 (6.0) 59.4 (7.32) 21.8 (4.30) 18.8 (8.13) (†) (†) (†) (†) 25 (4.3) 72.9 (6.19) 16.0 (5.06) 11.1 (3.86) 5 (1.0)
Health professions and related sciences 2,672 (72.4) 45.6 (0.78) 32.9 (0.70) 21.5 (0.77) 1,646 (48.9) 41.8 (1.01) 34.1 (0.92) 24.1 (0.82) 692 (36.8) 60.8 (1.77) 23.2 (1.32) 16.0 (1.17) 334 (24.9)
History 220 (11.2) 70.8 (2.29) 18.9 (2.01) 10.3 (1.77) 36 (4.5) 60.2 (7.09) 18.7 (5.12) 21.1 (7.11) 159 (9.6) 81.6 (1.82) 13.2 (1.63) 5.2 (1.40) 26 (3.9)
                                                     
International relations and affairs 41 (4.1) 76.3 (4.19) 17.1 (3.78) 6.6 (2.81) (†) (†) (†) (†) 29 (3.0) 88.6 (2.52) 10.6 (2.64) 0.8 (0.73) (†)
Legal professions and studies 273 (13.9) 39.7 (2.13) 43.2 (1.93) 17.1 (2.12) 78 (9.9) 41.3 (3.67) 32.4 (3.62) 26.3 (4.31) 41 (5.3) 53.9 (5.25) 27.0 (4.56) 19.1 (4.57) 153 (9.9)
Liberal arts, sciences and humanities 900 (40.5) 62.0 (1.71) 21.0 (1.16) 17.0 (1.36) 616 (38.1) 61.3 (2.36) 21.1 (1.66) 17.5 (1.74) 260 (15.8) 67.5 (1.62) 18.8 (1.26) 13.8 (1.35) 24 (3.6)
Library science 22 (5.5) 13.3 (4.65) 50.4 (8.62) 36.4 (8.32) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 17 (4.7)
Mathematics and statistics 114 (7.1) 65.3 (3.28) 25.2 (2.49) 9.6 (1.79) 28 (4.1) 57.7 (7.71) 33.0 (6.20) 9.4 (4.13) 63 (5.0) 81.1 (3.39) 12.3 (2.57) 6.7 (2.10) 23 (2.8)
                                                     
Mechanic and repair technologies 195 (14.8) 51.2 (2.56) 29.5 (1.89) 19.3 (1.97) 173 (14.0) 49.9 (2.71) 28.9 (1.86) 21.1 (2.19) 22 (4.4) 61.1 (7.36) 33.9 (6.80) 5.1 (3.51) (†)
Military technologies (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 71 (7.0) 55.7 (4.17) 30.3 (3.26) 14.1 (2.51) 26 (3.0) 50.8 (6.76) 33.8 (6.25) 15.4 (3.13) 38 (6.2) 67.6 (6.16) 22.8 (4.74) 9.7 (3.79) (†)
Natural resources and conservation 58 (6.8) 69.4 (5.72) 24.1 (5.61) 6.5 (2.20) 12 (2.2) 73.5 (7.90) 13.6 (5.97) 12.9 (6.91) 35 (5.7) 87.7 (4.13) 12.1 (4.05) 0.2 (0.23) 11 (2.6)
Natural sciences, other 59 (6.3) 66.5 (4.74) 26.3 (4.86) 7.2 (2.01) 12 (2.3) 72.0 (8.58) 16.1 (6.59) 11.9 (6.15) 34 (5.0) 76.8 (5.59) 20.3 (5.48) 2.9 (1.44) 13 (3.3)
                                                     
Parks, recreation, and fitness studies 109 (8.4) 79.7 (2.56) 17.2 (2.24) 3.1 (1.23) 23 (4.0) 78.6 (5.92) 14.2 (4.45) 7.2 (4.33) 80 (7.2) 82.5 (3.18) 15.7 (2.89) 1.9 (1.25) (†)
Personal and culinary services 283 (39.4) 60.2 (2.83) 26.0 (1.62) 13.8 (1.97) 224 (29.7) 58.2 (2.32) 26.7 (1.49) 15.1 (1.73) 59 (30.4) 68.3 (8.13) 22.9 (5.22) 8.8 (5.46) (†)
Philosophy and religious studies 75 (6.7) 62.7 (3.76) 21.3 (2.42) 16.0 (3.18) 7 (1.7) 44.9 (12.50) 17.5 (9.13) 37.6 (13.01) 53 (5.6) 78.1 (3.39) 15.5 (2.78) 6.3 (1.87) 15 (3.0)
Physical sciences 153 (8.1) 66.0 (2.64) 27.2 (2.40) 6.8 (1.19) 24 (4.1) 75.8 (6.10) 15.9 (5.97) 8.3 (4.48) 95 (5.7) 78.9 (3.43) 15.8 (2.94) 5.3 (1.67) 34 (2.7)
Political science and government 209 (9.3) 80.3 (1.87) 14.7 (1.58) 5.1 (1.09) 27 (3.9) 66.4 (6.79) 25.6 (5.67) 8.0 (4.26) 167 (8.2) 87.6 (1.67) 9.7 (1.44) 2.7 (0.83) 15 (2.3)
                                                     
Precision production 10 (2.1) 47.1 (10.35) 15.9 (5.84) 37.0 (11.06) 8 (2.0) 45.6 (11.79) 14.1 (6.18) 40.3 (12.10) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Psychology 617 (20.8) 67.7 (1.57) 22.2 (1.14) 10.2 (0.98) 147 (11.4) 65.3 (3.61) 22.4 (2.92) 12.3 (2.46) 400 (15.2) 76.4 (1.49) 16.3 (1.21) 7.3 (0.80) 69 (7.0)
Public administration and social services 278 (27.0) 34.6 (3.09) 34.1 (2.77) 31.3 (3.04) 62 (7.6) 42.0 (4.76) 26.6 (4.41) 31.4 (4.61) 126 (19.5) 44.6 (6.29) 25.3 (3.69) 30.1 (4.59) 90 (10.7)
Residency programs 153 (9.0) 60.7 (2.63) 32.3 (2.45) 7.1 (1.20) 73 (7.2) 61.7 (4.25) 28.2 (3.56) 10.2 (2.11) 42 (4.1) 76.6 (4.99) 18.8 (3.82) 4.6 (2.46) 39 (3.1)
Science technologies/technicians 38 (5.9) 47.1 (5.77) 32.2 (5.21) 20.7 (4.29) 14 (2.8) 33.7 (9.00) 41.6 (9.19) 24.7 (8.35) 22 (5.0) 58.2 (8.99) 22.3 (7.96) 19.5 (5.89) (†)
                                                     
Security and criminal justice 78 (7.9) 62.3 (5.22) 24.2 (3.60) 13.5 (3.25) 55 (7.6) 63.4 (6.25) 28.4 (4.96) 8.2 (2.62) 19 (3.3) 62.1 (9.36) 9.4 (3.27) 28.5 (9.27) (†)
Social sciences, other 116 (8.2) 55.3 (3.70) 26.0 (3.03) 18.7 (2.58) 32 (4.8) 57.4 (5.99) 23.8 (5.50) 18.9 (4.12) 66 (5.7) 64.8 (4.67) 20.7 (3.68) 14.5 (3.45) 18 (2.6)
Sociology 198 (12.0) 62.5 (2.96) 25.1 (2.43) 12.4 (2.31) 48 (6.9) 46.8 (6.33) 29.5 (6.14) 23.8 (7.41) 139 (8.8) 72.2 (3.12) 20.5 (2.62) 7.3 (1.68) 11 (1.6)
Theology and religious vocations 118 (20.2) 31.8 (4.58) 29.0 (4.99) 39.2 (4.02) (†) (†) (†) (†) 46 (10.7) 57.8 (4.51) 16.4 (3.81) 25.8 (5.18) 65 (14.9)
Transportation and materials moving 49 (7.3) 64.3 (7.30) 19.0 (3.95) 16.7 (5.23) 26 (4.2) 48.7 (7.74) 28.2 (6.05) 23.1 (4.62) 22 (5.6) 85.2 (13.25) 5.3 (3.46) 9.5 (10.49) (†)
                                                     
Visual and performing arts 664 (27.0) 73.9 (1.27) 17.2 (1.27) 8.9 (0.80) 197 (11.6) 69.2 (2.90) 18.7 (2.39) 12.0 (2.02) 422 (23.6) 81.4 (1.81) 13.3 (1.64) 5.3 (0.71) 45 (6.3)
                                                     
Undeclared or not in a degree program 4,328 (103.0) 53.7 (0.81) 22.2 (0.51) 24.1 (0.76) 2,890 (87.5) 50.3 (1.04) 23.5 (0.69) 26.1 (1.02) 1,169 (35.1) 71.8 (1.07) 15.6 (0.86) 12.5 (0.73) 268 (29.2)
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Includes less-than-2-year schools and schools not identified by level.
NOTE: Because of different survey editing and processing procedures, enrollment data in this table may differ from those appearing in other tables. Includes students who enrolled at any time during the 2003–04 academic year. Data include Puerto Rico. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04), unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared September 2005.)

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