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Table 244. -  Earned degrees conferred by institutions of higher education, by level of degree and sex of student: 1869-70 to 2007-08
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              |     Associate degrees       |        Bachelor's degrees             |      Master's degrees       |First-professional degrees|     Doctor's degrees
     Year     |_____________________________|_______________________________________|_____________________________|__________________________|__________________________
              |  Total  |   Men   |  Women  |  Total      |    Men     |   Women    |  Total  |   Men   |  Women  | Total  |  Men   | Women  | Total  |  Men   | Women
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      1       |    2    |   3     |   4     |     5       |      6     |      7     |    8    |    9    |   10    |   11   |   12   |   13   |   14   |   15   |   16
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1869-70 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\    9,371 |\1\   7,993 |\1\   1,378 |       0 |       0 |       0 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |      1 |      1 |      0
1879-80 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\   12,896 |\1\  10,411 |\1\   2,485 |     879 |     868 |      11 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |     54 |     51 |      3
1889-90 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\   15,539 |\1\  12,857 |\1\   2,682 |   1,015 |     821 |     194 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |    149 |    147 |      2
1899-1900 ....|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\   27,410 |\1\  22,173 |\1\   5,237 |   1,583 |   1,280 |     303 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |    382 |    359 |     23
1909-10 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\   37,199 |\1\  28,762 |\1\   8,437 |   2,113 |   1,555 |     558 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |    443 |    399 |     44
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1919-20 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\   48,622 |\1\  31,980 |\1\  16,642 |   4,279 |   2,985 |   1,294 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |    615 |    522 |     93
1929-30 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\  122,484 |\1\  73,615 |\1\  48,869 |  14,969 |   8,925 |   6,044 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  2,299 |  1,946 |    353
1939-40 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\  186,500 |\1\ 109,546 |\1\  76,954 |  26,731 |  16,508 |  10,223 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  3,290 |  2,861 |    429
1949-50 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\  432,058 |\1\ 328,841 |\1\ 103,217 |  58,183 |  41,220 |  16,963 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  6,420 |  5,804 |    616
1959-60 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |\1\  392,440 |\1\ 254,063 |\1\ 138,377 |  74,435 |  50,898 |  23,537 |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  (\2\) |  9,829 |  8,801 |  1,028
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1960-61 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |     365,174 |    224,538 |    140,636 |  84,609 |  57,830 |  26,779 | 25,253 | 24,577 |    676 | 10,575 |  9,463 |  1,112
1961-62 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |     383,961 |    230,456 |    153,505 |  91,418 |  62,603 |  28,815 | 25,607 | 24,836 |    771 | 11,622 | 10,377 |  1,245
1962-63 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |     411,420 |    241,309 |    170,111 |  98,684 |  67,302 |  31,382 | 26,590 | 25,753 |    837 | 12,822 | 11,448 |  1,374
1963-64 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |     461,266 |    265,349 |    195,917 | 109,183 |  73,850 |  35,333 | 27,209 | 26,357 |    852 | 14,490 | 12,955 |  1,535
1964-65 ......|     --- |     --- |     --- |     493,757 |    282,173 |    211,584 | 121,167 |  81,319 |  39,848 | 28,290 | 27,283 |  1,007 | 16,467 | 14,692 |  1,775
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1965-66 ......| 111,607 |  63,779 |  47,828 |     520,115 |    299,287 |    220,828 | 140,602 |  93,081 |  47,521 | 30,124 | 28,982 |  1,142 | 18,237 | 16,121 |  2,116
1966-67 ......| 139,183 |  78,356 |  60,827 |     558,534 |    322,711 |    235,823 | 157,726 | 103,109 |  54,617 | 31,695 | 30,401 |  1,294 | 20,617 | 18,163 |  2,454
1967-68 ......| 159,441 |  90,317 |  69,124 |     632,289 |    357,682 |    274,607 | 176,749 | 113,552 |  63,197 | 33,939 | 32,402 |  1,537 | 23,089 | 20,183 |  2,906
1968-69 ......| 183,279 | 105,661 |  77,618 |     728,845 |    410,595 |    318,250 | 193,756 | 121,531 |  72,225 | 35,114 | 33,595 |  1,519 | 26,158 | 22,722 |  3,436
1969-70 ......| 206,023 | 117,432 |  88,591 |     792,316 |    451,097 |    341,219 | 208,291 | 125,624 |  82,667 | 34,918 | 33,077 |  1,841 | 29,866 | 25,890 |  3,976
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1970-71 ......| 252,311 | 144,144 | 108,167 |     839,730 |    475,594 |    364,136 | 230,509 | 138,146 |  92,363 | 37,946 | 35,544 |  2,402 | 32,107 | 27,530 |  4,577
1971-72 ......| 292,014 | 166,227 | 125,787 |     887,273 |    500,590 |    386,683 | 251,633 | 149,550 | 102,083 | 43,411 | 40,723 |  2,688 | 33,363 | 28,090 |  5,273
1972-73 ......| 316,174 | 175,413 | 140,761 |     922,362 |    518,191 |    404,171 | 263,371 | 154,468 | 108,903 | 50,018 | 46,489 |  3,529 | 34,777 | 28,571 |  6,206
1973-74 ......| 343,924 | 188,591 | 155,333 |     945,776 |    527,313 |    418,463 | 277,033 | 157,842 | 119,191 | 53,816 | 48,530 |  5,286 | 33,816 | 27,365 |  6,451
1974-75 ......| 360,171 | 191,017 | 169,154 |     922,933 |    504,841 |    418,092 | 292,450 | 161,570 | 130,880 | 55,916 | 48,956 |  6,960 | 34,083 | 26,817 |  7,266
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1975-76 ......| 391,454 | 209,996 | 181,458 |     925,746 |    504,925 |    420,821 | 311,771 | 167,248 | 144,523 | 62,649 | 52,892 |  9,757 | 34,064 | 26,267 |  7,797
1976-77 ......| 406,377 | 210,842 | 195,535 |     919,549 |    495,545 |    424,004 | 317,164 | 167,783 | 149,381 | 64,359 | 52,374 | 11,985 | 33,232 | 25,142 |  8,090
1977-78 ......| 412,246 | 204,718 | 207,528 |     921,204 |    487,347 |    433,857 | 311,620 | 161,212 | 150,408 | 66,581 | 52,270 | 14,311 | 32,131 | 23,658 |  8,473
1978-79 ......| 402,702 | 192,091 | 210,611 |     921,390 |    477,344 |    444,046 | 301,079 | 153,370 | 147,709 | 68,848 | 52,652 | 16,196 | 32,730 | 23,541 |  9,189
1979-80 ......| 400,910 | 183,737 | 217,173 |     929,417 |    473,611 |    455,806 | 298,081 | 150,749 | 147,332 | 70,131 | 52,716 | 17,415 | 32,615 | 22,943 |  9,672
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1980-81 ......| 416,377 | 188,638 | 227,739 |     935,140 |    469,883 |    465,257 | 295,739 | 147,043 | 148,696 | 71,956 | 52,792 | 19,164 | 32,958 | 22,711 | 10,247
1981-82 ......| 434,526 | 196,944 | 237,582 |     952,998 |    473,364 |    479,634 | 295,546 | 145,532 | 150,014 | 72,032 | 52,223 | 19,809 | 32,707 | 22,224 | 10,483
1982-83 ......| 449,620 | 203,991 | 245,629 |     969,510 |    479,140 |    490,370 | 289,921 | 144,697 | 145,224 | 73,054 | 51,250 | 21,804 | 32,775 | 21,902 | 10,873
1983-84 ......| 452,240 | 202,704 | 249,536 |     974,309 |    482,319 |    491,990 | 284,263 | 143,595 | 140,668 | 74,468 | 51,378 | 23,090 | 33,209 | 22,064 | 11,145
1984-85 ......| 454,712 | 202,932 | 251,780 |     979,477 |    482,528 |    496,949 | 286,251 | 143,390 | 142,861 | 75,063 | 50,455 | 24,608 | 32,943 | 21,700 | 11,243
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1985-86 ......| 446,047 | 196,166 | 249,881 |     987,823 |    485,923 |    501,900 | 288,567 | 143,508 | 145,059 | 73,910 | 49,261 | 24,649 | 33,653 | 21,819 | 11,834
1986-87 ..... | 436,304 | 190,839 | 245,465 |     991,264 |    480,782 |    510,482 | 289,349 | 141,269 | 148,080 | 71,617 | 46,523 | 25,094 | 34,041 | 22,061 | 11,980
1987-88 ......| 435,085 | 190,047 | 245,038 |     994,829 |    477,203 |    517,626 | 299,317 | 145,163 | 154,154 | 70,735 | 45,484 | 25,251 | 34,870 | 22,615 | 12,255
1988-89 ......| 436,764 | 186,316 | 250,448 |   1,018,755 |    483,346 |    535,409 | 310,621 | 149,354 | 161,267 | 70,856 | 45,046 | 25,810 | 35,720 | 22,648 | 13,072
1989-90 ......| 455,102 | 191,195 | 263,907 |   1,051,344 |    491,696 |    559,648 | 324,301 | 153,653 | 170,648 | 70,988 | 43,961 | 27,027 | 38,371 | 24,401 | 13,970
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1990-91 ......| 481,720 | 198,634 | 283,086 |   1,094,538 |    504,045 |    590,493 | 337,168 | 156,482 | 180,686 | 71,948 | 43,846 | 28,102 | 39,294 | 24,756 | 14,538
1991-92 ......| 504,231 | 207,481 | 296,750 |   1,136,553 |    520,811 |    615,742 | 352,838 | 161,842 | 190,996 | 74,146 | 45,071 | 29,075 | 40,659 | 25,557 | 15,102
1992-93 ......| 514,756 | 211,964 | 302,792 |   1,165,178 |    532,881 |    632,297 | 369,585 | 169,258 | 200,327 | 75,387 | 45,153 | 30,234 | 42,132 | 26,073 | 16,059
1993-94 ......| 530,632 | 215,261 | 315,371 |   1,169,275 |    532,422 |    636,853 | 387,070 | 176,085 | 210,985 | 75,418 | 44,707 | 30,711 | 43,185 | 26,552 | 16,633
1994-95 ......| 539,691 | 218,352 | 321,339 |   1,160,134 |    526,131 |    634,003 | 397,629 | 178,598 | 219,031 | 75,800 | 44,853 | 30,947 | 44,446 | 26,916 | 17,530
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1995-96 ......| 555,216 | 219,514 | 335,702 |   1,164,792 |    522,454 |    642,338 | 406,301 | 179,081 | 227,220 | 76,734 | 44,748 | 31,986 | 44,652 | 26,841 | 17,811
1996-97\3\ ...| 528,000 | 211,000 | 317,000 |   1,166,000 |    523,000 |    643,000 | 402,000 | 181,000 | 221,000 | 79,700 | 46,000 | 33,700 | 44,700 | 27,100 | 17,600
1997-98\3\ ...| 520,000 | 209,000 | 311,000 |   1,172,000 |    523,000 |    649,000 | 406,000 | 183,000 | 223,000 | 78,400 | 46,100 | 32,300 | 45,200 | 27,200 | 18,000
1998-99\3\ ...| 528,000 | 209,000 | 319,000 |   1,166,000 |    510,000 |    655,000 | 410,000 | 185,000 | 225,000 | 75,800 | 43,700 | 32,000 | 45,800 | 27,300 | 18,500
1999-2000\3\ .| 532,000 | 208,000 | 323,000 |   1,161,000 |    502,000 |    659,000 | 414,000 | 187,000 | 227,000 | 74,000 | 42,000 | 32,000 | 46,400 | 27,400 | 19,000
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2000-01\3\ ...| 543,000 | 210,000 | 333,000 |   1,173,000 |    506,000 |    667,000 | 418,000 | 189,000 | 229,000 | 73,100 | 41,100 | 32,000 | 46,800 | 27,300 | 19,500
2001-02\3\ ...| 550,000 | 211,000 | 339,000 |   1,195,000 |    510,000 |    685,000 | 422,000 | 191,000 | 231,000 | 72,400 | 40,500 | 31,800 | 47,200 | 27,200 | 20,000
2002-03\3\ ...| 555,000 | 212,000 | 343,000 |   1,214,000 |    515,000 |    699,000 | 426,000 | 193,000 | 233,000 | 71,900 | 40,100 | 31,800 | 47,600 | 27,100 | 20,500
2003-04\3\ ...| 559,000 | 213,000 | 346,000 |   1,227,000 |    519,000 |    708,000 | 430,000 | 195,000 | 235,000 | 71,800 | 39,800 | 32,000 | 47,900 | 27,000 | 20,900
2004-05\3\ ...| 560,000 | 213,000 | 347,000 |   1,235,000 |    520,000 |    716,000 | 434,000 | 197,000 | 237,000 | 72,300 | 39,900 | 32,400 | 48,300 | 26,900 | 21,400
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2005-06\3\ ...| 565,000 | 214,000 | 351,000 |   1,243,000 |    524,000 |    719,000 | 438,000 | 199,000 | 239,000 | 73,100 | 40,100 | 33,000 | 48,700 | 26,800 | 21,900
2006-07\3\ ...| 572,000 | 215,000 | 357,000 |   1,256,000 |    527,000 |    729,000 | 442,000 | 201,000 | 241,000 | 74,100 | 40,500 | 33,600 | 49,100 | 26,700 | 22,400
2007-08\3\ ...| 579,000 | 216,000 | 363,000 |   1,270,000 |    530,000 |    739,000 | 446,000 | 203,000 | 243,000 | 75,000 | 40,800 | 34,200 | 49,500 | 26,600 | 22,900
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\1\Includes first-professional degrees.
\2\First-professional degrees are included with bachelor's degrees.
\3\Projected.
---Data not available.

NOTE.--Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Because of rounding, details may not add to totals.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Earned Degrees Conferred; Projections of Education Statistics to 2008; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred" surveys; and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Completions" surveys. (This table was prepared May 1998.)


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