Undergraduate Enrollment Across Sectors
Slightly less than half of all undergraduate students in 2015–16 were enrolled in a public two-year institution (45.9 percent). White, Asian, and international undergraduates, as well as undergraduates of more than one race, were more likely than others to be enrolled in a public or private nonprofit four-year institution. Comparatively, a larger share of Black or African American and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students were enrolled in for-profit institutions than that of other groups. Among all students, there was little variation in undergraduate enrollment by gender. However, there were gender differences among Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Black or African American students, as well as undergraduates of more than one race.
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report
Chapter Three: Enrollment in Undergraduate Education
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U.S. Department of Education, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2016
Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted.
Data for American Indian or Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students enrolled in private nonprofit four-year institutions should be interpreted with caution. Ratio of standard error to estimate is >30 percent but <50 percent.
Data for international women students enrolled in for-profit institutions should be interpreted with caution. Ratio of standard error to estimate is >30 percent but <50 percent.