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Profile of undergraduates in American postsecondary institutions. Survey report (NCES 90-353)


Choy, S., & Gifford, A. G. (1990). Profile of undergraduates in American postsecondary institutions. Survey report (NCES 90-353). Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES); U.S. Department of Education.


Using data from the 1986-87 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), this statistical report profiles undergraduate students enrolled in postsecondary institutions in the United States. NPSAS data were supplemented with data from other sources, particularly, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and High School and Beyond Study. In the fall of 1987, 12.4 million students were enrolled as undergraduates in American postsecondary institutions (7.6 million on a full-time basis and 4.8 million on a part-time basis). Just over one-half of these students were enrolled in 4-year institutions. Areas addressed in this statistical report include: (1) overall undergraduate enrollments; (2) demographic and socioeconomic characteristics; (3) academic preparation; (4) enrollment characteristics; (5) sources of financial support; and (6) educational objectives and college choice. Demographic and socioeconomic categories covered include: sex, race/ethnicity; age; family background; citizenship and veteran status; income; and father's educational attainment and occupational status. Academic preparation data include: information on high school graduation; high school concentrations; and Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test scores. Enrollment characteristics include: types of institutions attended; attendance status; housing arrangements; fields of study; and remedial education status. Dependency status and sources of support are also provided in the area of student aid. Twenty-two graphs and 26 data tables are provided. A glossary, technical notes, a discussion of the study methodology, and 28 supplemental tables are appended. (TJH)