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Table 311.20. Number and percentage of undergraduate students taking night, weekend, or online classes, by selected characteristics: 2011-12
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected characteristic Total taking any night, weekend, or online classes1 Percent of students taking night, weekend, or online classes
Percent of students whose entire degree program is online2
Night classes Weekend classes Online classes
Number of students (in thousands) Percent of students Any night classes Exclusively night classes Any weekend classes Exclusively weekend classes Any online classes Exclusively online classes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Total 11,917 51.7 (0.33) 32.4 (0.29) 5.2   (0.14) 7.0 (0.17) 0.3   (0.03) 32.0 (0.33) 8.4   (0.20) 6.5   (0.18)
Sex                                          
Male 4,865 49.0 (0.46) 32.0 (0.40) 5.1   (0.18) 6.7 (0.22) 0.3   (0.05) 28.5 (0.45) 6.5   (0.25) 4.9   (0.24)
Female 7,052 53.7 (0.40) 32.7 (0.39) 5.3   (0.19) 7.2 (0.22) 0.3   (0.04) 34.5 (0.39) 9.8   (0.24) 7.7   (0.21)
                                           
Race/ethnicity                                          
White 7,019 52.6 (0.45) 32.5 (0.39) 4.9   (0.18) 6.3 (0.20) 0.2   (0.04) 33.5 (0.41) 9.0   (0.24) 6.8   (0.21)
Black 1,930 52.0 (0.68) 30.8 (0.59) 6.0   (0.28) 7.8 (0.41) 0.5   (0.10) 32.7 (0.70) 10.7   (0.57) 9.1   (0.56)
Hispanic 1,863 50.4 (0.64) 33.9 (0.61) 6.3   (0.40) 8.3 (0.36) 0.4   (0.08) 27.9 (0.57) 5.5   (0.29) 4.3   (0.24)
Asian 588 45.5 (1.22) 31.0 (1.18) 3.3   (0.41) 7.4 (0.62)   (†) 26.0 (1.06) 4.2   (0.45) 2.9   (0.35)
Pacific Islander 64 54.4 (3.80) 45.8 (3.84) 4.6 ! (1.46) 11.2 (2.40) #   (†) 29.9 (3.18) 3.5 ! (1.33) 3.1 ! (1.29)
American Indian/Alaska Native 107 51.2 (2.75) 31.8 (2.44) 6.6   (1.56) 6.7 (1.38)   (†) 32.6 (2.56) 9.1   (1.60) 7.0   (1.43)
Two or more races 346 50.5 (1.63) 31.9 (1.48) 4.9   (0.83) 7.4 (0.76) 0.3 ! (0.15) 30.6 (1.48) 8.3   (0.93) 5.5   (0.69)
                                           
Age                                          
15 through 23 5,884 45.4 (0.38) 29.8 (0.32) 3.0   (0.11) 5.2 (0.17) 0.2   (0.02) 26.5 (0.36) 4.5   (0.16) 3.2   (0.13)
24 through 29 2,474 58.2 (0.71) 36.6 (0.70) 7.7   (0.40) 9.0 (0.38) 0.3   (0.06) 36.5 (0.67) 10.4   (0.43) 8.0   (0.41)
30 or older 3,559 60.9 (0.63) 35.3 (0.69) 8.5   (0.34) 9.5 (0.34) 0.6   (0.10) 40.9 (0.64) 15.6   (0.51) 13.0   (0.50)
                                           
Attendance status                                          
Exclusively full-time 5,579 48.0 (0.43) 30.3 (0.35) 3.9   (0.16) 6.0 (0.20) 0.2   (0.03) 28.8 (0.41) 7.6   (0.22) 6.5   (0.20)
Exclusively part-time 4,136 56.6 (0.62) 34.8 (0.57) 8.3   (0.32) 8.3 (0.31) 0.5   (0.09) 35.3 (0.62) 10.7   (0.42) 7.4   (0.38)
Mixed full-time and part-time 2,203 53.5 (0.60) 34.3 (0.54) 3.3   (0.19) 7.3 (0.33) 0.2   (0.04) 35.0 (0.62) 6.4   (0.31) 5.0   (0.28)
                                           
Had job during academic year3                                          
Yes 8,219 57.2 (0.40) 35.9 (0.35) 6.1   (0.19) 7.9 (0.21) 0.3   (0.04) 36.2 (0.42) 9.8   (0.26) 7.6   (0.24)
No 3,699 42.5 (0.45) 26.7 (0.38) 3.9   (0.19) 5.5 (0.24) 0.2   (0.04) 24.9 (0.42) 6.1   (0.25) 4.8   (0.20)
                                           
Dependency status                                          
Dependent 4,994 44.5 (0.39) 29.5 (0.34) 2.6   (0.11) 4.9 (0.18) 0.1   (0.02) 25.5 (0.36) 3.9   (0.16) 2.7   (0.12)
Independent, no dependents, not married4 2,331 55.1 (0.71) 35.5 (0.69) 7.5   (0.42) 8.2 (0.34) 0.3   (0.07) 33.6 (0.63) 8.9   (0.38) 6.7   (0.33)
Independent, no dependents, married 736 58.8 (1.27) 36.5 (1.28) 7.8   (0.76) 8.3 (0.70) 0.5 ! (0.17) 37.4 (1.22) 11.7   (0.75) 10.1   (0.72)
Independent, with dependents, not married4 2,040 58.2 (0.72) 34.3 (0.79) 8.2   (0.41) 9.4 (0.39) 0.5   (0.10) 38.2 (0.67) 12.7   (0.48) 10.7   (0.45)
Independent, with dependents, married 1,817 64.0 (0.84) 35.2 (0.84) 7.7   (0.50) 9.8 (0.50) 0.6   (0.15) 44.9 (0.92) 18.8   (0.77) 14.7   (0.75)
                                           
Control of institution                                          
Public 8,796 52.0 (0.38) 33.0 (0.32) 4.3   (0.15) 6.6 (0.19) 0.3   (0.04) 33.2 (0.39) 6.3   (0.21) 4.0   (0.16)
Private nonprofit 1,291 42.9 (0.91) 30.6 (0.90) 3.8   (0.38) 5.2 (0.41) 0.2 ! (0.07) 21.0 (0.85) 5.8   (0.61) 4.5   (0.57)
Private for-profit 1,830 58.7 (0.74) 31.2 (0.71) 11.7   (0.48) 10.9 (0.50) 0.6   (0.09) 35.5 (0.83) 22.2   (0.79) 21.6   (0.82)
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Students who reported taking more than one type of class (e.g., night classes and online classes) are counted only once in the total.
2 Excludes students not in a degree or certificate program.
3 Excludes work-study/assistantships.
4 Includes separated.
NOTE: Night classes start after 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday nights; weekend classes start after 6:00 p.m. on Friday or take place any time on Saturday or Sunday; and online classes are taught only online. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12). (This table was prepared March 2014.)

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