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Digest of Education Statistics: 2018
Digest of Education Statistics: 2018

NCES 2020-009
December 2019


Table 311.15. Number and percentage of students enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by distance education participation, location of student, level of enrollment, and control and level of institution: Fall 2016 and fall 2017
Year, level of enrollment, and control and level of institution Number of students Percent of students
Total No distance education courses Taking any distance education course(s) Total No distance education courses Taking any distance education course(s)
Total, any distance education course(s) At least one, but not all, of student's courses Exclusively distance education courses,
by location of student
Total, any distance education course(s) At least one, but not all, of student's courses Exclusively distance education courses,
by location of student
Total Same state Different state State not known Outside of the United States Loca-tion unknown Total Same state Differ-ent state State not known Outside of the United States Location unknown
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Fall 2016                                        
All students,
   total
19,846,904 13,541,976 6,304,928 3,326,965 2,977,963 1,681,115 1,215,684 15,611 42,621 22,932 100.0 68.2 31.8 16.8 15.0 8.5 6.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
                                         
Public 14,585,840 10,202,578 4,383,262 2,835,550 1,547,712 1,303,698 202,598 9,893 16,250 15,273 100.0 69.9 30.1 19.4 10.6 8.9 1.4 0.1 0.1 0.1
Private 5,261,064 3,339,398 1,921,666 491,415 1,430,251 377,417 1,013,086 5,718 26,371 7,659 100.0 63.5 36.5 9.3 27.2 7.2 19.3 0.1 0.5 0.1
Nonprofit 4,078,956 2,980,222 1,098,734 368,772 729,962 263,812 442,332 3,443 14,331 6,044 100.0 73.1 26.9 9.0 17.9 6.5 10.8 0.1 0.4 0.1
For-profit 1,182,108 359,176 822,932 122,643 700,289 113,605 570,754 2,275 12,040 1,615 100.0 30.4 69.6 10.4 59.2 9.6 48.3 0.2 1.0 0.1
                                         
Fall 2017                                        
All students,
   total
19,765,598 13,114,062 6,651,536 3,548,036 3,103,500 1,771,852 1,155,197 15,539 142,841 18,071 100.0 66.3 33.7 18.0 15.7 9.0 5.8 0.1 0.7 0.1
                                         
4-year 13,823,640 9,104,456 4,719,184 2,388,821 2,330,363 1,070,036 1,095,665 11,430 139,343 13,889 100.0 65.9 34.1 17.3 16.9 7.7 7.9 0.1 1.0 0.1
2-year 5,941,958 4,009,606 1,932,352 1,159,215 773,137 701,816 59,532 4,109 3,498 4,182 100.0 67.5 32.5 19.5 13.0 11.8 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1
                                         
Public 14,560,155 9,869,414 4,690,741 3,033,556 1,657,185 1,390,179 225,567 11,280 17,578 12,581 100.0 67.8 32.2 20.8 11.4 9.5 1.5 0.1 0.1 0.1
4-year 8,853,477 6,039,424 2,814,053 1,900,127 913,926 694,501 189,249 7,224 14,112 8,840 100.0 68.2 31.8 21.5 10.3 7.8 2.1 0.1 0.2 0.1
2-year 5,706,678 3,829,990 1,876,688 1,133,429 743,259 695,678 36,318 4,056 3,466 3,741 100.0 67.1 32.9 19.9 13.0 12.2 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.1
                                         
Private 5,205,443 3,244,648 1,960,795 514,480 1,446,315 381,673 929,630 4,259 125,263 5,490 100.0 62.3 37.7 9.9 27.8 7.3 17.9 0.1 2.4 0.1
Nonprofit 4,106,477 2,925,915 1,180,562 392,155 788,407 273,120 394,339 3,158 114,932 2,858 100.0 71.3 28.7 9.5 19.2 6.7 9.6 0.1 2.8 0.1
4-year 4,058,087 2,901,355 1,156,732 388,046 768,686 270,201 377,541 3,157 114,930 2,857 100.0 71.5 28.5 9.6 18.9 6.7 9.3 0.1 2.8 0.1
2-year 48,390 24,560 23,830 4,109 19,721 2,919 16,798 1 2 1 100.0 50.8 49.2 8.5 40.8 6.0 34.7 # # #
For-profit 1,098,966 318,733 780,233 122,325 657,908 108,553 535,291 1,101 10,331 2,632 100.0 29.0 71.0 11.1 59.9 9.9 48.7 0.1 0.9 0.2
4-year 912,076 163,677 748,399 100,648 647,751 105,334 528,875 1,049 10,301 2,192 100.0 17.9 82.1 11.0 71.0 11.5 58.0 0.1 1.1 0.2
2-year 186,890 155,056 31,834 21,677 10,157 3,219 6,416 52 30 440 100.0 83.0 17.0 11.6 5.4 1.7 3.4 # # 0.2
                                         
Undergraduate 16,760,331 11,251,714 5,508,617 3,273,825 2,234,792 1,394,756 716,977 9,546 98,321 15,192 100.0 67.1 32.9 19.5 13.3 8.3 4.3 0.1 0.6 0.1
                                         
4-year 10,818,373 7,242,108 3,576,265 2,114,610 1,461,655 692,940 657,445 5,437 94,823 11,010 100.0 66.9 33.1 19.5 13.5 6.4 6.1 0.1 0.9 0.1
2-year 5,941,958 4,009,606 1,932,352 1,159,215 773,137 701,816 59,532 4,109 3,498 4,182 100.0 67.5 32.5 19.5 13.0 11.8 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1
                                         
Public 13,100,953 8,878,747 4,222,206 2,888,930 1,333,276 1,175,665 128,505 7,140 10,587 11,379 100.0 67.8 32.2 22.1 10.2 9.0 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1
4-year 7,394,275 5,048,757 2,345,518 1,755,501 590,017 479,987 92,187 3,084 7,121 7,638 100.0 68.3 31.7 23.7 8.0 6.5 1.2 # 0.1 0.1
2-year 5,706,678 3,829,990 1,876,688 1,133,429 743,259 695,678 36,318 4,056 3,466 3,741 100.0 67.1 32.9 19.9 13.0 12.2 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.1
                                         
Private 3,659,378 2,372,967 1,286,411 384,895 901,516 219,091 588,472 2,406 87,734 3,813 100.0 64.8 35.2 10.5 24.6 6.0 16.1 0.1 2.4 0.1
Nonprofit 2,817,017 2,082,341 734,676 275,000 459,676 137,490 236,605 1,583 82,643 1,355 100.0 73.9 26.1 9.8 16.3 4.9 8.4 0.1 2.9 #
4-year 2,768,627 2,057,781 710,846 270,891 439,955 134,571 219,807 1,582 82,641 1,354 100.0 74.3 25.7 9.8 15.9 4.9 7.9 0.1 3.0 #
2-year 48,390 24,560 23,830 4,109 19,721 2,919 16,798 1 2 1 100.0 50.8 49.2 8.5 40.8 6.0 34.7 # # #
For-profit 842,361 290,626 551,735 109,895 441,840 81,601 351,867 823 5,091 2,458 100.0 34.5 65.5 13.0 52.5 9.7 41.8 0.1 0.6 0.3
4-year 655,471 135,570 519,901 88,218 431,683 78,382 345,451 771 5,061 2,018 100.0 20.7 79.3 13.5 65.9 12.0 52.7 0.1 0.8 0.3
2-year 186,890 155,056 31,834 21,677 10,157 3,219 6,416 52 30 440 100.0 83.0 17.0 11.6 5.4 1.7 3.4 # # 0.2
                                         
Postbaccalaureate 3,005,267 1,862,348 1,142,919 274,211 868,708 377,096 438,220 5,993 44,520 2,879 100.0 62.0 38.0 9.1 28.9 12.5 14.6 0.2 1.5 0.1
                                         
Public 1,459,202 990,667 468,535 144,626 323,909 214,514 97,062 4,140 6,991 1,202 100.0 67.9 32.1 9.9 22.2 14.7 6.7 0.3 0.5 0.1
Private 1,546,065 871,681 674,384 129,585 544,799 214,514 97,062 4,140 6,991 1,202 100.0 56.4 43.6 8.4 35.2 13.9 6.3 0.3 0.5 0.1
Nonprofit 1,289,460 843,574 445,886 117,155 328,731 135,630 157,734 1,575 32,289 1,503 100.0 65.4 34.6 9.1 25.5 10.5 12.2 0.1 2.5 0.1
For-profit 256,605 28,107 228,498 12,430 216,068 26,952 183,424 278 5,240 174 100.0 11.0 89.0 4.8 84.2 10.5 71.5 0.1 2.0 0.1
#Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2017 and Spring 2018, Fall Enrollment component. (This table was prepared January 2019.)