|Table B01. Number and percentage distribution of 2003–04 beginning postsecondary students, by persistence and attainment status, initial degree or certificate program, and initial field of study: 2009|
|Initial degree or certificate program and field of study||Number (in thousands)||Total attained or persisted||Highest credential attained||No credential, still enrolled (persisted)||No credential, not enrolled|
|Total, any credential||Certificate||Associate's degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Total, all beginning students||3,746||64.5||49.5||9.4||9.3||30.7||15.0||35.5|
|Occupational field of study1||1,258||55.8||40.7||16.4||15.4||8.9||15.1||44.2|
|Academic field of study2||201||57.8||38.4||8.3||!||16.1||14.1||19.4||42.2|
|Undeclared field of study||507||55.3||36.6||17.4||11.8||7.4||18.7||44.7|
|Occupational field of study||804||77.5||64.4||1.3||3.4||59.7||13.1||22.5|
|Academic field of study||271||83.6||73.5||1.1||!||2.0||70.4||10.1||16.4|
|Undeclared field of study||387||79.0||68.8||0.9||!||2.4||65.5||10.3||21.0|
|Not in degree or certificate program||318||51.3||30.7||7.9||7.1||15.7||20.6||48.7|
! Interpret data with caution. Standard error is more than one-third the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met; too few cases for a reliable estimate.
1 Occupational fields of study include agriculture and natural resources; business management and support; communications and communications technologies; computer and information sciences; construction; consumer services; education; engineering and architecture; health sciences; manufacturing; marketing; protective services; public, legal, and social services; repair and transportation; and visual and performing arts.
2 Academic fields of study include natural sciences and science technologies; English/letters; foreign languages; general studies and liberal arts; interdisciplinary studies; mathematics; philosophy, theology, and religious studies; and social sciences and history.
NOTE: Estimates include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. These estimates were previously published in NCES reports #2012-256, "Occupational and Academic Majors in Postsecondary Education: 6-Year Education and Employment Outcomes, 2001 and 2009", and #2011-152, "Web Tables—Six-Year Attainment, Persistence, Transfer, Retention, and Withdrawal Rates of Students Who Began Postsecondary Education in 2003–04."
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-up (BPS:04/09).