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Introduction Chapter 1: Precollege Education Chapter 3: Undergraduate Degrees Chapter 4: Graduate Enrollment Chapter 5: Graduate Degrees Chapter 6: Employment Technical Notes Appendix Tables
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Enrollment rates
Enrollment status
Two-year institutions
Four-year institutions
Field choice
Engineering enrollment
Financial aid
Appendix Tables
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Undergraduate Enrollment


Differences in completion of bachelor's degrees in science and engineering by sex, race/ethnicity, and disability status are related to differences in high school completion rates, college enrollment rates, college persistence and attainment rates, and choice of undergraduate major. In general, blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites and Asians to graduate from high school, to enroll in college, and to graduate from college. Among those who do enroll in or graduate from college, however, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians are about as likely as whites to choose S&E fields; Asians are more likely than members of other racial/ethnic groups to choose these fields. Similarly, students with disabilities are less likely than those without to graduate from high school, to enroll in college, and to graduate from college; however, they are about as likely as those without disabilities to major in S&E. On the other hand, women are more likely than men to graduate from high school and to enroll in college. Although they are just as likely as men to graduate from college, they are less likely to major in science and engineering in general and in certain S&E fields in particular.

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