Community College Experience of Research Doctoral Degree Recipients

Overall, 21.2 percent of all 2021 research doctoral degree recipients had ever attended a community college. By race and ethnicity among domestic students, the share of research doctoral degree recipients who had attended a community college ranged from 21.3 percent of Asian students to 55.4 percent of American Indians or Alaska Native students. Only 4.0 percent of international students who earned a research doctoral degree had ever attended a community college. By broad field of study, over one-third of students who earned a research doctoral degree in health sciences (35.5 percent) and education (35.1 percent) had at some point attended a community college, while 2 percent of those in computer sciences did so. Of American Indian or Alaska Native students who earned a research doctoral degree in social sciences, only 80.0 percent had ever attended a community college. Over half of Hispanic or Latino students who earned a research doctoral degree in education (50.2 percent) or in business (50.0 percent) had ever attended a community college.

Percentage of 2021 Research Doctoral Degree Recipients Who Had Ever Attended a Community College, by Race and Ethnicity

Source

National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2021

Notes:
Data for individual racial and ethnic categories include all U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Temporary visa holders are categorized as international students.

Percentages based on total number of research doctoral degree recipients.