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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
List of Figures
Presentation Slides

Undergraduate Enrollment

Four-year institutions

Students with disabilities

More than half (56 percent) of all undergraduates, and almost three-fourths (73 percent) of full-time under- graduates, were enrolled in 4-year colleges and universities in 1997. (See text table 2-1 text table and appendix tables 2-2 and 2-9.) The number of students enrolled in 4-year institutions increased from 1995 through 1997 after a drop in the early 1990s.

Women  top of page

The number of women enrolled at 4-year institutions increased from 1990 to 1997, while the number of men decreased. Women accounted for 55 percent of all undergraduate students at 4-year institutions in 1997, up from 53 percent in 1990. (See appendix table 2-8.)

Minorities  top of page

A majority of white (58 percent), black (54 percent), and Asian (54 percent) undergraduate students were enrolled in 4-year institutions in 1997. (See text table 2-1 text table and appendix tables 2-2 and 2-9.) Although the numbers of white men and women enrolled in such institutions in that year had declined from their 1991 peaks, the numbers of Asian, black, Hispanic, and American Indian men and women enrolled in 4-year institutions had been increasing. In 1997, 11 percent of U.S. citizen and permanent resident undergraduates at 4-year institutions were black, 8 percent Hispanic, 6 percent Asian, and 1 percent American Indian; the remaining 74 percent were white.

Students with disabilities  top of page

Students with disabilities are less likely to enroll in 4-year colleges than those without disabilities: 40 percent versus 47 percent. (See appendix table 2-5.)

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