Posted by: Gregory Linton | 12/05/2019

National Center for Education Statistics releases IPEDS data from spring 2019 collection

Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics released new data and a set of web tables that presents results from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2019 collection. Here is a selection of enrollment data for fall 2018:

  • 20 million students were enrolled in Title IV institutions.
  • 84.8% were undergraduates, and 15.2% were graduate students.
  • Of those students, 73.2% were enrolled in public institutions, 20.7% were enrolled in private nonprofit institutions, and 6.1% were enrolled in private for-profit institutions.
  • Of the 4.1 million students enrolled in private nonprofit institutions, 68.3% were undergraduates, and 31.7% were graduate students.
  • 16.3% of students (3.3 million) were enrolled exclusively in distance education courses.
  • 65.3% (13 million) were not enrolled in any distance education courses.
  • 69.5% of all students were enrolled in a 4-year institution, and 30.5% were enrolled in a 2-year or less institution.
  • 61.3% of all students were enrolled full-time, and 38.7% were enrolled part-time.
  • 57.1% of all students were women, and 42.9% were men. Women outnumbered men by 2.85 million.
  • Of the 10.9 million undergraduates enrolled in 4-year institutions, 52.2% were White, 16.3% were Hispanic or Latino, 11.5% were Black or African American, 6.5% were Asian, 4.4% were nonresident alien, 4.3% were unknown, 3.9% were 2 or more races, 0.6% were American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.02% were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  • The retention rate of first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students in the fall 2017 cohort was 81% for full-time students in 4-year institutions, 49.1% for part-time students in 4-year institutions, 62.6% for full-time students in 2-year institutions, and 45.1% for part-time students in 2-year institutions.
  • The retention rate for full-time students enrolled in 4-year public institutions and 4-year private nonprofit institutions was 81.2% for both groups.

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