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Table 311.60. Enrollment in postsecondary education, by level of enrollment, level of institution, student age, and major field of study: 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Major field of study1 Undergraduate Postbac-calaureate
All students 2-year and less-than-2-year institutions2 4-year institutions
Total (in thou-sands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thou-sands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thou-sands) Percentage distribution, by age Total (in thousands)
Under 25 25 to 35 Over 35 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 19,308 63.3   (0.32) 23.3   (0.26) 13.4   (0.23) 9,650 57.2   (0.56) 26.9   (0.45) 15.9   (0.37) 9,658 69.3   (0.40) 19.8   (0.32) 10.9   (0.26) 3,547
                                                               
Agriculture and related sciences 159 74.8   (3.22) 16.5   (2.56) 8.6   (1.91) 78 60.1   (5.38) 24.9   (4.62) 15.0   (3.49) 81 88.9   (2.10) 8.6   (1.72) 2.5 ! (0.99) 17
Anthropology 48 70.3   (5.64) 19.6   (5.01) 10.1 ! (4.77) 12 59.7   (17.51)   (†)   (†) 36 73.8   (5.28) 18.6   (4.93) 7.6 ! (3.42) 11
Architecture and related services 58 80.5   (4.08) 11.7   (3.14) 7.7 ! (3.50) 16 71.2   (8.57)   (†) 14.9 ! (7.32) 42 84.1   (4.48) 10.9 ! (3.30)   (†) 23
Area, ethnic, and gender studies 38 76.5   (5.27) 10.1 ! (3.05) 13.4 ! (4.93) 11 68.8   (13.23)   (†)   (†) 27 79.6   (4.89) 12.1 ! (3.74) 8.2 ! (3.74) 10
Biological and biomedical sciences 686 87.3   (1.03) 10.4   (0.88) 2.4   (0.52) 203 80.0   (2.03) 14.6   (1.56) 5.3   (1.59) 484 90.3   (1.05) 8.6   (1.01) 1.1   (0.30) 106
                                                               
Business, management, and marketing 2,973 59.1   (0.79) 24.7   (0.61) 16.2   (0.56) 1,190 55.1   (1.61) 26.7   (1.34) 18.2   (0.94) 1,783 61.7   (1.00) 23.4   (0.75) 14.9   (0.71) 592
Communication and journalism 370 85.5   (1.23) 10.9   (1.11) 3.6   (0.56) 84 77.7   (3.16) 17.2   (2.84) 5.1   (1.39) 286 87.8   (1.30) 9.1   (1.14) 3.1   (0.67) 40
Communications technologies/technicians 97 68.9   (3.18) 20.8   (2.93) 10.2   (1.99) 50 63.0   (5.03) 23.5   (4.80) 13.5   (3.15) 47 75.1   (3.65) 18.0   (3.31) 6.8 ! (2.12)
Computer and information sciences 852 53.0   (1.46) 29.5   (1.26) 17.4   (1.00) 396 50.8   (2.24) 28.6   (2.06) 20.6   (1.67) 456 55.0   (1.76) 30.3   (1.43) 14.7   (1.13) 131
Construction trades 85 41.6   (4.62) 41.5   (5.45) 16.9   (4.22) 74 40.2   (4.84) 41.3   (5.58) 18.5   (4.59) 11 50.6   (14.55) 43.0 ! (15.65)   (†)
                                                               
Criminology 35 76.8   (4.92) 19.6   (4.64)   (†) 9 70.1   (9.57) 26.6 ! (9.21)   (†) 26 79.0   (5.99) 17.2 ! (5.55)   (†)
Economics 113 91.7   (2.13) 8.2   (2.11)   (†) 17 76.8   (9.97) 23.2 ! (9.96)   (†) 96 94.4   (1.44) 5.5   (1.41)   (†) 16
Education 841 66.6   (1.16) 20.5   (0.96) 12.8   (0.90) 365 56.6   (2.21) 26.7   (1.81) 16.7   (1.75) 475 74.4   (1.25) 15.8   (1.12) 9.9   (0.90) 605
Engineering 799 82.6   (0.98) 13.2   (0.84) 4.2   (0.46) 244 70.9   (2.22) 21.8   (2.05) 7.3   (1.02) 555 87.7   (0.99) 9.5   (0.81) 2.8   (0.47) 188
Engineering technologies/technicians 341 49.0   (2.33) 31.8   (2.08) 19.2   (1.89) 222 46.5   (3.21) 32.0   (2.78) 21.5   (2.63) 120 53.5   (3.36) 31.3   (3.46) 15.2   (2.41) 26
                                                               
English language and literature/letters 199 72.6   (4.22) 15.8   (1.93) 11.6   (3.23) 60 51.5   (9.53) 18.4   (3.70) 30.1   (7.76) 138 81.9   (2.55) 14.7   (2.31) 3.4 ! (1.06) 40
Family and consumer/human sciences 193 61.3   (2.83) 20.5   (1.93) 18.2   (2.31) 99 52.1   (4.35) 23.8   (3.25) 24.1   (3.89) 94 71.1   (3.12) 17.0   (2.35) 11.9   (2.47) 12
Foreign languages and literatures 84 74.8   (3.95) 15.9   (3.40) 9.3   (2.50) 28 58.7   (8.24) 25.4   (7.04) 15.9 ! (6.35) 55 83.0   (3.78) 11.1 ! (3.40) 5.9 ! (1.94) 11
Geography 20 61.6   (8.55) 22.4 ! (6.76)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 13 63.2   (7.94) 29.7   (8.31) 7.1 ! (2.78)
Health professions and related sciences 3,438 50.0   (0.68) 32.0   (0.52) 18.0   (0.52) 2,067 48.0   (0.86) 33.7   (0.72) 18.3   (0.66) 1,371 53.0   (1.14) 29.5   (0.85) 17.5   (0.83) 694
                                                               
History 112 71.8   (2.97) 21.0   (3.06) 7.2   (1.81) 27 70.5   (7.07) 27.3   (7.19) 2.2 ! (1.01) 85 72.2   (3.05) 19.0   (2.93) 8.8   (2.28) 25
International relations and affairs 38 89.2   (3.32) 9.2 ! (2.99)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 33 87.5   (3.71) 10.7 ! (3.39)   (†) 12
Legal professions and studies 128 47.6   (3.84) 25.0   (2.84) 27.4   (3.80) 64 47.0   (5.95) 22.9   (4.54) 30.2   (6.45) 64 48.2   (5.31) 27.2   (3.43) 24.6   (5.15) 132
Liberal arts, sciences and humanities 1,915 66.4   (0.86) 21.6   (0.83) 12.0   (0.64) 1,426 64.7   (1.12) 23.0   (1.06) 12.2   (0.74) 490 71.3   (1.35) 17.5   (1.37) 11.2   (1.24) 31
Library science   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 11
                                                               
Mathematics and statistics 118 83.5   (2.55) 13.0   (2.20) 3.5 ! (1.39) 35 78.2   (6.66) 14.8 ! (5.35)   (†) 83 85.7   (2.42) 12.3   (2.37) 2.0 ! (0.79) 29
Mechanic and repair technologies 272 54.2   (2.77) 28.7   (1.93) 17.1   (2.00) 240 54.8   (2.94) 27.9   (2.02) 17.3   (2.19) 32 50.0   (9.84) 34.6   (8.02) 15.4 ! (4.90)
Military technologies   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 259 66.8   (2.32) 22.2   (1.87) 11.1   (1.62) 117 63.9   (3.61) 25.5   (3.10) 10.6   (2.07) 142 69.2   (2.77) 19.4   (2.26) 11.4   (2.34) 29
Natural resources and conservation 97 73.0   (3.38) 23.5   (3.47) 3.5 ! (1.07) 29 73.6   (5.57) 20.8   (5.23) 5.6 ! (2.61) 68 72.7   (4.13) 24.6   (4.31) 2.6 ! (1.24) 17
                                                               
Parks, recreation, and fitness studies 302 84.7   (1.69) 11.7   (1.43) 3.6   (0.93) 98 75.9   (3.76) 15.5   (2.84) 8.6 ! (2.65) 204 88.9   (1.58) 9.9   (1.56) 1.2   (0.36) 26
Personal and culinary services 305 54.3   (2.18) 31.3   (1.78) 14.4   (1.49) 261 54.3   (2.36) 32.2   (1.97) 13.5   (1.66) 44 54.3   (4.94) 26.1   (3.76) 19.6   (3.63)
Philosophy and religious studies 56 58.5   (7.65) 19.6   (4.71) 21.9 ! (7.00) 8 80.3   (11.32)   (†)   (†) 48 54.8   (8.39) 20.7   (5.36) 24.5 ! (7.93) 19
Physical sciences 214 82.1   (2.19) 14.7   (1.97) 3.3   (0.93) 76 75.1   (4.42) 19.8   (3.57) 5.0 ! (2.24) 139 85.9   (2.41) 11.9   (2.29) 2.3 ! (0.74) 46
Political science and government 144 85.7   (1.87) 10.5   (1.68) 3.7   (1.11) 28 86.0   (4.13) 8.7 ! (3.26) 5.3 ! (2.26) 116 85.6   (2.14) 11.0   (1.96) 3.4 ! (1.23) 25
                                                               
Precision production 102 49.4   (4.74) 30.8   (4.57) 19.8   (3.37) 89 49.2   (5.31) 34.4   (4.84) 16.4   (3.00)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Psychology 684 70.8   (1.41) 20.3   (1.27) 8.9   (0.79) 207 68.2   (2.96) 22.6   (2.84) 9.2   (1.46) 477 71.9   (1.59) 19.3   (1.41) 8.8   (0.89) 169
Public administration and social services 231 51.3   (2.58) 26.2   (2.23) 22.5   (1.77) 90 47.9   (4.91) 32.0   (4.06) 20.0   (2.61) 141 53.5   (2.56) 22.5   (2.28) 24.0   (2.28) 138
Science technologies/technicians 29 57.5   (7.71) 26.2   (6.66) 16.4   (4.50) 23 62.5   (8.59) 23.5 ! (7.40) 14.0 ! (5.26)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Security and protective services 726 63.4   (1.38) 23.8   (1.13) 12.8   (0.96) 395 63.1   (1.97) 24.7   (1.77) 12.2   (1.50) 331 63.8   (1.75) 22.7   (1.31) 13.5   (1.27) 47
                                                               
Social sciences, other 85 62.5   (4.62) 20.6   (4.01) 16.9   (3.27) 52 55.9   (6.83) 22.7   (6.28) 21.4   (5.12) 34 72.7   (5.43) 17.4   (4.31) 9.9 ! (3.15) 5
Sociology 147 67.6   (2.97) 23.5   (3.08) 8.8   (1.53) 51 53.7   (6.80) 36.8   (7.05) 9.5   (2.84) 97 75.0   (2.80) 16.6   (2.36) 8.4   (1.67) 12
Theology and religious vocations 46 55.5   (8.71) 16.1   (3.77) 28.4 ! (9.31)   (†)   (†)   (†) 43 53.8   (9.05) 16.1   (3.97) 30.1 ! (9.66) 73
Transportation and materials moving 72 53.5   (5.59) 28.9   (6.36) 17.7   (4.22) 45 44.8   (6.85) 34.8   (8.85) 20.4 ! (7.16) 27 68.0   (5.41) 18.9   (5.20) 13.1   (2.80)
Visual and performing arts 745 75.4   (1.14) 17.9   (1.09) 6.7   (0.71) 283 69.9   (2.12) 20.3   (1.81) 9.8   (1.56) 462 78.8   (1.32) 16.4   (1.36) 4.8   (0.58) 72
                                                               
Undecided 449 70.4   (1.99) 17.4   (1.60) 12.2   (1.47) 274 66.0   (2.58) 20.1   (2.25) 13.9   (2.08) 175 77.3   (2.62) 13.2   (1.88) 9.5   (1.77)
† Not applicable.
! 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 For undergraduate students, the field of study categories include students who had already declared a major as well as students who had decided on, but not yet declared, an intended major. The "Undecided" category consists of undergraduate students who had neither declared nor decided on a major.
2 Also includes students attending more than one institution.
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 2015–16 academic year. Data exclude Puerto Rico. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16). (This table was prepared May 2018.)

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