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Tables: Postsecondary/College

Table P174. Percentage distribution of credential-seeking undergraduate students across credential goals and curricular areas, by selected institution type: 2015–16
Credential goal and curricular area All students   Public
Subbaccalaureate credential 52.0   100.0   68.7   19.6  
Occupational education 35.8   64.9   64.6   13.3  
Academic education 14.4   31.4   3.7   5.5  
Undecided 1.8   3.7   0.3   0.8  
Certificate 9.0   10.4   38.4   3.6  
Occupational education 8.0   8.8   36.6   3.1  
Academic education 0.9   1.4   1.7 ! 0.4  
Undecided 0.2   0.3     0.1 !
Associate’s degree 43.0   89.6   30.3   16.0  
Occupational education 27.8   56.1   28.0   10.3  
Academic education 13.5   30.1   2.0   5.1  
Undecided 1.6   3.4   0.2 ! 0.7  
Bachelor’s degree 48.0     31.3   80.4  
Occupational education 31.1     24.5   51.4  
Academic education 16.3     6.7   27.8  
Undecided 0.6       1.1  
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error is between 30 and 50 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the standard error is greater than 50 percent of the estimate.
1Includes students who attended a public less-than-2-year institution, public 4-year institution, private nonprofit institution, or more than one institution.
NOTE: Occupational education consists of agriculture and natural resources; business and marketing; communication and communications technologies; computer and information sciences; consumer services (personal and culinary services; family, consumer, and human sciences; and parks, recreation, and fitness studies); education; engineering, architecture, and science technologies; health sciences; manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation; protective services; and public, legal, and social services (legal professions and studies; library science; theology and religious vocations; and public administration and social services). Academic education consists of English/letters, foreign languages, interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts, natural sciences and mathematics, philosophy and religious studies, social and behavioral sciences (area/ethnic studies, history, international relations and affairs, political science, psychology, and other social sciences), and visual and performing arts. Data include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The estimated number of credential-seeking undergraduates is approximately 18,716,000. 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).