Sub-baccalaureate Certificates, by Sector

Between 2015 and 2017, close to 2.8 million sub-baccalaureate certificates[1] were awarded. Nearly 60 percent of all certificates awarded were conferred by public two-year institutions. Non-degree-granting for-profit institutions awarded almost 20 percent of all certificates. Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Asian students were much more likely than American Indian or Alaska Native and White students to complete their sub-baccalaureate certificates at degree-granting and non-degree-granting for-profit institutions.

Sub-baccalaureate Certificate Completions Across Sectors, by Race and Ethnicity: 2015 to 2017


U.S. 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 sub-baccalaureate certificates earned at all Title IV eligible, degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, pooled for 2015, 2016, and 2017.

[1] This report combines short-term certificates (those that are typically earned in less than one academic year) and long-term certificates (those that are typically earned in more than one academic year, but less than four academic years).