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Table 306.50. Total fall enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by control and classification of institution, level of enrollment, and race/ethnicity of student: 2017
Level of enrollment and race/ethnicity of student Total, all insti-
tutions
Public institutions Nonprofit institutions For-profit institutions
Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year
Total Research univer- sity, very high1 Research univer- sity, high2 Doctoral/ research univer- sity3 Master's4 Bacca- laureate5 Special
focus6
Total Research univer- sity, very high1 Research univer- sity, high2 Doctoral/ research univer- sity3 Master's4 Bacca- laureate5 Special
focus6
Total 4-year 2-year
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
  Fall enrollment
All students, total 19,765,598 14,560,155 8,853,477 2,844,803 1,366,233 628,300 2,487,434 1,433,586 93,121 5,706,678 4,106,477 4,058,087 633,342 326,266 442,414 1,596,806 668,707 390,552 48,390 1,098,966 912,076 186,890
White 10,510,784 7,641,235 4,851,639 1,545,924 829,505 313,999 1,415,455 697,155 49,601 2,789,596 2,401,698 2,381,969 282,619 189,168 255,240 1,009,164 421,408 224,370 19,729 467,851 404,019 63,832
Black 2,545,916 1,722,844 956,178 191,913 155,682 98,998 322,938 176,565 10,082 766,666 496,597 478,492 39,329 31,940 61,196 198,393 102,012 45,622 18,105 326,475 268,530 57,945
Hispanic 3,540,584 2,923,743 1,470,999 379,476 179,395 127,155 403,977 372,166 8,830 1,452,744 432,741 427,308 60,809 32,929 50,561 193,582 54,654 34,773 5,433 184,100 136,281 47,819
Asian 1,277,733 975,098 630,151 297,200 63,173 36,995 142,669 79,124 10,990 344,947 259,523 258,337 85,861 21,900 29,897 65,658 21,011 34,010 1,186 43,112 35,857 7,255
Pacific Islander 52,015 33,622 18,250 4,376 2,012 928 5,511 5,286 137 15,372 10,537 10,297 669 643 1,037 5,140 1,734 1,074 240 7,856 6,743 1,113
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
137,632 107,889 55,089 9,690 9,048 2,284 16,096 10,187 7,784 52,800 19,578 18,682 1,208 932 1,838 7,951 3,023 3,730 896 10,165 8,047 2,118
Two or more races 700,212 530,836 332,836 110,418 50,851 21,560 90,294 57,557 2,156 198,000 134,224 132,462 22,779 10,089 13,085 48,374 24,426 13,709 1,762 35,152 29,893 5,259
Nonresident alien7 1,000,722 624,888 538,335 305,806 76,567 26,381 90,494 35,546 3,541 86,553 351,579 350,540 140,068 38,665 29,560 68,544 40,439 33,264 1,039 24,255 22,706 1,549
                                             
Undergraduate 16,760,331 13,100,953 7,394,275 2,160,020 1,104,197 522,304 2,144,761 1,427,893 35,100 5,706,678 2,817,017 2,768,627 305,582 209,878 272,366 1,147,851 635,351 197,599 48,390 842,361 655,471 186,890
White 8,876,872 6,823,692 4,034,096 1,187,296 670,482 256,102 1,210,698 692,732 16,786 2,789,596 1,699,556 1,679,827 141,945 131,053 161,248 732,397 398,371 114,813 19,729 353,624 289,792 63,832
Black 2,180,467 1,588,382 821,716 150,648 130,866 84,109 274,967 176,068 5,058 766,666 350,970 332,865 19,687 18,243 33,252 139,215 97,584 24,884 18,105 241,115 183,170 57,945
Hispanic 3,265,599 2,786,825 1,334,081 323,972 157,479 112,222 365,160 371,980 3,268 1,452,744 319,380 313,947 36,346 20,526 34,499 150,716 52,511 19,349 5,433 159,394 111,575 47,819
Asian 1,068,832 879,728 534,781 246,133 51,415 31,289 125,373 78,994 1,577 344,947 158,605 157,419 50,456 14,316 18,635 42,455 19,880 11,677 1,186 30,499 23,244 7,255
Pacific Islander 46,090 31,921 16,549 3,627 1,748 813 5,017 5,273 71 15,372 7,875 7,635 332 450 640 3,930 1,671 612 240 6,294 5,181 1,113
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
124,019 101,033 48,233 7,249 7,591 1,864 14,021 10,126 7,382 52,800 14,811 13,915 656 598 1,121 5,733 2,871 2,936 896 8,175 6,057 2,118
Two or more races 623,409 493,152 295,152 91,677 44,658 18,971 81,717 57,473 656 198,000 102,263 100,501 14,584 7,302 9,588 37,694 23,804 7,529 1,762 27,994 22,735 5,259
Nonresident alien7 575,043 396,220 309,667 149,418 39,958 16,934 67,808 35,247 302 86,553 163,557 162,518 41,576 17,390 13,383 35,711 38,659 15,799 1,039 15,266 13,717 1,549
                                             
Postbaccalaureate 3,005,267 1,459,202 1,459,202 684,783 262,036 105,996 342,673 5,693 58,021 1,289,460 1,289,460 327,760 116,388 170,048 448,955 33,356 192,953 256,605 256,605
White 1,633,912 817,543 817,543 358,628 159,023 57,897 204,757 4,423 32,815 702,142 702,142 140,674 58,115 93,992 276,767 23,037 109,557 114,227 114,227
Black 365,449 134,462 134,462 41,265 24,816 14,889 47,971 497 5,024 145,627 145,627 19,642 13,697 27,944 59,178 4,428 20,738 85,360 85,360
Hispanic 274,985 136,918 136,918 55,504 21,916 14,933 38,817 186 5,562 113,361 113,361 24,463 12,403 16,062 42,866 2,143 15,424 24,706 24,706
Asian 208,901 95,370 95,370 51,067 11,758 5,706 17,296 130 9,413 100,918 100,918 35,405 7,584 11,262 23,203 1,131 22,333 12,613 12,613
Pacific Islander 5,925 1,701 1,701 749 264 115 494 13 66 2,662 2,662 337 193 397 1,210 63 462 1,562 1,562
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
13,613 6,856 6,856 2,441 1,457 420 2,075 61 402 4,767 4,767 552 334 717 2,218 152 794 1,990 1,990
Two or more races 76,803 37,684 37,684 18,741 6,193 2,589 8,577 84 1,500 31,961 31,961 8,195 2,787 3,497 10,680 622 6,180 7,158 7,158
Nonresident alien7 425,679 228,668 228,668 156,388 36,609 9,447 22,686 299 3,239 188,022 188,022 98,492 21,275 16,177 32,833 1,780 17,465 8,989 8,989
  Percentage distribution of U.S. resident students (excludes nonresident aliens)
U.S. resident
   students, total
100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 56.0 54.8 58.3 60.9 64.3 52.2 59.1 49.9 55.4 49.6 64.0 64.2 57.3 65.8 61.8 66.0 67.1 62.8 41.7 43.5 45.4 34.4
Black 13.6 12.4 11.5 7.6 12.1 16.4 13.5 12.6 11.3 13.6 13.2 12.9 8.0 11.1 14.8 13.0 16.2 12.8 38.2 30.4 30.2 31.3
Hispanic 18.9 21.0 17.7 14.9 13.9 21.1 16.9 26.6 9.9 25.8 11.5 11.5 12.3 11.4 12.2 12.7 8.7 9.7 11.5 17.1 15.3 25.8
Asian 6.8 7.0 7.6 11.7 4.9 6.1 6.0 5.7 12.3 6.1 6.9 7.0 17.4 7.6 7.2 4.3 3.3 9.5 2.5 4.0 4.0 3.9
Pacific Islander 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.7 0.8 0.6
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
0.7 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.7 8.7 0.9 0.5 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.9 0.9 0.9 1.1
Two or more races 3.7 3.8 4.0 4.3 3.9 3.6 3.8 4.1 2.4 3.5 3.6 3.6 4.6 3.5 3.2 3.2 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.3 3.4 2.8
                                             
Undergraduate 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 54.8 53.7 56.9 59.1 63.0 50.7 58.3 49.7 48.2 49.6 64.1 64.5 53.8 68.1 62.3 65.9 66.8 63.2 41.7 42.8 45.2 34.4
Black 13.5 12.5 11.6 7.5 12.3 16.6 13.2 12.6 14.5 13.6 13.2 12.8 7.5 9.5 12.8 12.5 16.4 13.7 38.2 29.2 28.5 31.3
Hispanic 20.2 21.9 18.8 16.1 14.8 22.2 17.6 26.7 9.4 25.8 12.0 12.0 13.8 10.7 13.3 13.6 8.8 10.6 11.5 19.3 17.4 25.8
Asian 6.6 6.9 7.5 12.2 4.8 6.2 6.0 5.7 4.5 6.1 6.0 6.0 19.1 7.4 7.2 3.8 3.3 6.4 2.5 3.7 3.6 3.9
Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.8 0.6
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
0.8 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.7 21.2 0.9 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.5 1.6 1.9 1.0 0.9 1.1
Two or more races 3.9 3.9 4.2 4.6 4.2 3.8 3.9 4.1 1.9 3.5 3.9 3.9 5.5 3.8 3.7 3.4 4.0 4.1 3.7 3.4 3.5 2.8
                                             
Postbaccalaureate 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 63.3 66.4 66.4 67.9 70.5 60.0 64.0 82.0 59.9 63.7 63.7 61.4 61.1 61.1 66.5 73.0 62.4 46.1 46.1
Black 14.2 10.9 10.9 7.8 11.0 15.4 15.0 9.2 9.2 13.2 13.2 8.6 14.4 18.2 14.2 14.0 11.8 34.5 34.5
Hispanic 10.7 11.1 11.1 10.5 9.7 15.5 12.1 3.4 10.2 10.3 10.3 10.7 13.0 10.4 10.3 6.8 8.8 10.0 10.0
Asian 8.1 7.8 7.8 9.7 5.2 5.9 5.4 2.4 17.2 9.2 9.2 15.4 8.0 7.3 5.6 3.6 12.7 5.1 5.1
Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.6 0.6
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.6 1.1 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.8 0.8
Two or more races 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.5 2.7 2.7 2.7 1.6 2.7 2.9 2.9 3.6 2.9 2.3 2.6 2.0 3.5 2.9 2.9
†Not applicable.                        
1 Research universities with a very high level of research activity.                        
2 Research universities with a high level of research activity.                        
3 Institutions that award at least 20 research/scholarship doctor's degrees per year, but did not have a high level of research activity.                        
4 Institutions that award at least 50 master's degrees and fewer than 20 doctor's degrees per year.                        
5 Institutions that primarily emphasize undergraduate education. In addition to institutions that primarily award bachelor's degrees, also includes institutions classified as 4-year in the IPEDS system, but classified as 2-year baccalaureate/associate's colleges in the Carnegie Classification system because they primarily award associate's degrees.                        
6 Four-year institutions that award degrees primarily in single fields of study, such as medicine, business, fine arts, theology, and engineering.                        
7 Race/ethnicity not collected.                        
NOTE: Relative levels of research activity for research universities were determined by an analysis of research and development expenditures, science and engineering research staffing, and doctoral degrees conferred, by field. Further information on the research index ranking may be obtained from http://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/. Includes imputed Carnegie classifications for institutions with missing data. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.                        
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2018, Fall Enrollment component. (This table was prepared October 2018.)                        

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