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Table 273. -  First-professional degrees conferred by institutions of higher education, by racial/ethnic group and sex of student: 1976-77 to 1995-96
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               |             Number of degrees conferred                    |       Percentage distribution of degrees conferred
               |____________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
               |        |        |       |       |        |American|        |      |      |      |      |        |American|
     Year      | Total  | White, |Black, | His-  | Asian/ |Indian/ |  Non-  |Total |White,|Black,| His- | Asian/ |Indian/ |  Non-
               |        |  non-  | non-  | panic |Pacific |Alaskan |resident|      | non- | non- |panic |Pacific |Alaskan |resident
               |        |  His-  | His-  |       |Islander| Native | alien  |      | His- | His- |      |Islander| Native | alien
               |        | panic  | panic |       |        |        |        |      |panic |panic |      |        |        |
_______________|________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
       1       |   2    |   3    |   4   |   5   |   6    |   7    |   8    |  9   |  10  |  11  |  12  |   13   |   14   |   15
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               |                           Total                            |                     Total
               |____________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
1976-77\1\ ....| 63,953 | 58,422 | 2,537 | 1,076 |  1,021 |    196 |    701 |100.0 | 91.4 |  4.0 |  1.7 |    1.6 |    0.3 |    1.1
1978-79\2\ ....| 68,611 | 62,430 | 2,836 | 1,283 |  1,205 |    216 |    641 |100.0 | 91.0 |  4.1 |  1.9 |    1.8 |    0.3 |    0.9
1980-81\3\ ....| 71,340 | 64,551 | 2,931 | 1,541 |  1,456 |    192 |    669 |100.0 | 90.5 |  4.1 |  2.2 |    2.0 |    0.3 |    0.9
1984-85\4\ ....| 71,057 | 63,219 | 3,029 | 1,884 |  1,816 |    248 |    861 |100.0 | 89.0 |  4.3 |  2.7 |    2.6 |    0.3 |    1.2
1986-87 .......| 71,617 | 62,688 | 3,420 | 2,051 |  2,270 |    304 |    884 |100.0 | 87.5 |  4.8 |  2.9 |    3.2 |    0.4 |    1.2
1988-89 .......| 70,856 | 61,214 | 3,148 | 2,269 |  2,976 |    264 |    985 |100.0 | 86.4 |  4.4 |  3.2 |    4.2 |    0.4 |    1.4
1989-90\5\ ....| 70,744 | 60,240 | 3,410 | 2,427 |  3,362 |    257 |  1,048 |100.0 | 85.2 |  4.8 |  3.4 |    4.8 |    0.4 |    1.5
1990-91\6\ ....| 71,515 | 60,327 | 3,575 | 2,527 |  3,755 |    261 |  1,070 |100.0 | 84.4 |  5.0 |  3.5 |    5.3 |    0.4 |    1.5
1991-92\7\ ....| 72,129 | 59,800 | 3,560 | 2,766 |  4,455 |    296 |  1,252 |100.0 | 82.9 |  4.9 |  3.8 |    6.2 |    0.4 |    1.7
1992-93\8\ ....| 74,960 | 60,830 | 4,100 | 2,984 |  5,160 |    368 |  1,518 |100.0 | 81.1 |  5.5 |  4.0 |    6.9 |    0.5 |    2.0
1993-94 .......| 75,418 | 60,140 | 4,444 | 3,134 |  5,892 |    371 |  1,437 |100.0 | 79.7 |  5.9 |  4.2 |    7.8 |    0.5 |    1.9
1994-95 .......| 75,800 | 59,402 | 4,747 | 3,231 |  6,397 |    412 |  1,611 |100.0 | 78.4 |  6.3 |  4.3 |    8.4 |    0.5 |    2.1
1995-96\9\ ....| 76,641 | 59,456 | 5,016 | 3,476 |  6,617 |    463 |  1,613 |100.0 | 77.6 |  6.5 |  4.5 |    8.6 |    0.6 |    2.1
               |________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
               |                             Men                            |                      Men
               |____________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
1976-77\1\ ....| 51,980 | 47,777 | 1,761 |   893 |    776 |    159 |    614 |100.0 | 91.9 |  3.4 |  1.7 |    1.5 |    0.3 |    1.2
1978-79\2\ ....| 52,425 | 48,123 | 1,783 |   989 |    860 |    150 |    520 |100.0 | 91.8 |  3.4 |  1.9 |    1.6 |    0.3 |    1.0
1980-81\3\ ....| 52,194 | 47,629 | 1,772 | 1,131 |    991 |    134 |    537 |100.0 | 91.3 |  3.4 |  2.2 |    1.9 |    0.3 |    1.0
1984-85\4\ ....| 47,501 | 42,630 | 1,623 | 1,239 |  1,152 |    176 |    681 |100.0 | 89.7 |  3.4 |  2.6 |    2.4 |    0.4 |    1.4
1986-87 .......| 46,523 | 41,149 | 1,835 | 1,303 |  1,420 |    183 |    633 |100.0 | 88.4 |  3.9 |  2.8 |    3.1 |    0.4 |    1.4
1988-89 .......| 45,046 | 39,399 | 1,618 | 1,374 |  1,819 |    148 |    688 |100.0 | 87.5 |  3.6 |  3.1 |    4.0 |    0.3 |    1.5
1989-90\5\ ....| 43,778 | 37,850 | 1,672 | 1,450 |  1,963 |    135 |    708 |100.0 | 86.5 |  3.8 |  3.3 |    4.5 |    0.3 |    1.6
1990-91\6\ ....| 43,601 | 37,348 | 1,672 | 1,506 |  2,178 |    144 |    753 |100.0 | 85.7 |  3.8 |  3.5 |    5.0 |    0.3 |    1.7
1991-92\7\ ....| 43,812 | 36,939 | 1,603 | 1,635 |  2,593 |    157 |    885 |100.0 | 84.3 |  3.7 |  3.7 |    5.9 |    0.4 |    2.0
1992-93\8\ ....| 44,821 | 37,157 | 1,777 | 1,762 |  2,858 |    190 |  1,077 |100.0 | 82.9 |  4.0 |  3.9 |    6.4 |    0.4 |    2.4
1993-94 .......| 44,707 | 36,573 | 1,902 | 1,781 |  3,214 |    222 |  1,015 |100.0 | 81.8 |  4.3 |  4.0 |    7.2 |    0.5 |    2.3
1994-95 .......| 44,853 | 36,146 | 2,077 | 1,836 |  3,491 |    222 |  1,081 |100.0 | 80.6 |  4.6 |  4.1 |    7.8 |    0.5 |    2.4
1995-96\9\ ....| 44,679 | 35,732 | 2,107 | 1,947 |  3,533 |    256 |  1,104 |100.0 | 80.0 |  4.7 |  4.4 |    7.9 |    0.6 |    2.5
               |________|________|_______|_______|________|________|________|______|______|______|______|________|________|________
               |                           Women                            |                     Women
               |____________________________________________________________|______________________________________________________
1976-77\1\ ....| 11,973 | 10,645 |   776 |   183 |    245 |     37 |     87 |100.0 | 88.9 |  6.5 |  1.5 |    2.0 |    0.3 |    0.7
1978-79\2\ ....| 16,186 | 14,307 | 1,053 |   294 |    345 |     66 |    121 |100.0 | 88.4 |  6.5 |  1.8 |    2.1 |    0.4 |    0.7
1980-81\3\ ....| 19,146 | 16,922 | 1,159 |   410 |    465 |     58 |    132 |100.0 | 88.4 |  6.1 |  2.1 |    2.4 |    0.3 |    0.7
1984-85\4\ ....| 23,556 | 20,589 | 1,406 |   645 |    664 |     72 |    180 |100.0 | 87.4 |  6.0 |  2.7 |    2.8 |    0.3 |    0.8
1986-87 .......| 25,094 | 21,539 | 1,585 |   748 |    850 |    121 |    251 |100.0 | 85.8 |  6.3 |  3.0 |    3.4 |    0.5 |    1.0
1988-89 .......| 25,810 | 21,815 | 1,530 |   895 |  1,157 |    116 |    297 |100.0 | 84.5 |  5.9 |  3.5 |    4.5 |    0.4 |    1.2
1989-90\5\ ....| 26,966 | 22,390 | 1,738 |   977 |  1,399 |    122 |    340 |100.0 | 83.0 |  6.4 |  3.6 |    5.2 |    0.5 |    1.3
1990-91\6\ ....| 27,914 | 22,979 | 1,903 | 1,021 |  1,577 |    117 |    317 |100.0 | 82.3 |  6.8 |  3.7 |    5.6 |    0.4 |    1.1
1991-92\7\ ....| 28,317 | 22,861 | 1,957 | 1,131 |  1,862 |    139 |    367 |100.0 | 80.7 |  6.9 |  4.0 |    6.6 |    0.5 |    1.3
1992-93\8\ ....| 30,139 | 23,673 | 2,323 | 1,222 |  2,302 |    178 |    441 |100.0 | 78.5 |  7.7 |  4.1 |    7.6 |    0.6 |    1.5
1993-94 .......| 30,711 | 23,567 | 2,542 | 1,353 |  2,678 |    149 |    422 |100.0 | 76.7 |  8.3 |  4.4 |    8.7 |    0.5 |    1.4
1994-95 .......| 30,947 | 23,256 | 2,670 | 1,395 |  2,906 |    190 |    530 |100.0 | 75.1 |  8.6 |  4.5 |    9.4 |    0.6 |    1.7
1995-96\9\ ....| 31,962 | 23,724 | 2,909 | 1,529 |  3,084 |    207 |    509 |100.0 | 74.2 |  9.1 |  4.8 |    9.6 |    0.6 |    1.6
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\1\Excludes 394 men and 12 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\2\Excludes 227 men and 10 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\3\Excludes 598 men and 18 women whose racial/ethnic group was not available.
\4\Excludes 2,954 men and 1,052 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\5\Excludes 183 men and 61 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\6\Excludes 245 men and 188 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\7\Excludes 1,259 men and 758 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\8\Excludes 332 men and 95 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.
\9\Excludes 69 men and 24 women whose racial/ethnic group and field of study were not available.

NOTE.--For years 1984-85 to 1995-96, reported racial/ethnic distributions of students by level of degree, field of degree, and sex were used to estimate race/ethnicity for students whose race/ethnicity was not reported. Because of rounding, percents may not add to 100.0.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 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 June 1998.)


1998 Tables and Figures All Years of Tables and Figures Most Recent Full Issue of the Digest