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Who’s in School?

The National Center for Education Statistics reports a total of 4,937 institutions of higher education in the United States. The majority of higher education institutions [64%] are private colleges or universities, while 36% are public.  A total of 55% are four-year schools and 45% are two-year colleges or technical schools.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac 2010-2011, 19.1 million college students were enrolled in Fall 2008, of which:

  • 86% were undergraduates
  • 52% were women
  • 33% were minorities
  • 37% were over the age of 25
  • 75% were full time

The U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2011) reports in a recent release of data about distance learning, that in 2007–08,

  • About 4.3 million undergraduate students, or 20 percent of all undergraduates, took at least one distance education course.
  • About 0.8 million, or 4 percent of all undergraduates, took their entire program through distance education.
  • The percentage of undergraduates who took any distance education courses rose from 16 percent in 2003–04 to 20 percent in 2007–08; over the same period,
  • The percentage who took their entire program through distance education decreased from 5 to 4 percent.

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