EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — August 24, 2018

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Where Students Go Part II: The Distribution of Students in Higher Education by Race/Ethnicity and Institution Type (2016)


Forty-three percent of all postsecondary students attend a four-year public institution. Thirty-five percent attend a two-year public, 16 percent a four-year private (not-for-profit), and the remaining 6 percent attend other institutions, including proprietary colleges.

As illustrated in the chart below, White students are more likely to attend a four-year institution, both public and private, than Black and Hispanic students. Black students are the least likely to attend a four-year public institution, however, they attend four-year private institutions at a rate approaching that of White students. Hispanics are most likely to attend a two-year institution, and least likely to attend a four-year private college.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2017, Fall Enrollment component.


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