Associate Degrees, by Sector

Between 2015 and 2017, close to 3 million associate degrees were awarded. Public two-year institutions conferred nearly 82 percent of all associate degrees. Degree-granting for-profit institutions conferred the second most, at 9.4 percent. Black or African American and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students were much more likely than all other groups to complete their associate degrees at degree-granting for-profit institutions.

Associate Degree Completions Across Sectors, by Race and Ethnicity: 2015 to 2017


Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2015, 2016, 2017

Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted. Other institutions include those not separately shown.

Data reflect associate degrees earned at all Title IV eligible, degree-granting institutions, pooled for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

The National Career Clusters Framework organizes educational delivery within 16 Career Clusters. Instructional programs were mapped to career clusters using the Perkins IV Crosswalk Table 1 mapping 2010 CIP codes to Career Clusters.