Higher education graduation in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on graduation in higher education

This dossier presents a range of statistics and facts about higher education graduation in the United States. It includes an overview, and follows up with information on Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, Doctoral degrees, Associate's degrees, as well as information on salary and debt.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Percentage of the U.S. population with a college degree 1940-2018, by gender

    • Education level of individuals in the U.S. in 2015, by age group

    • Degrees in higher education in the U.S. 1950-2029

    • Higher education graduation rate in the U.S. 2000-2016

    • Number of Bachelor's degree recipients in the U.S. 1869/70-2028/29

    • Number of Master's degree recipients in the U.S. 1880-2029

    • Number of doctoral and first professional degree recipients in the U.S. 1870-2029

    • Number of Associate's degree recipients in the U.S. 1970-2029

  • 2. Bachelor's degree
    • Bachelor's degrees earned in the United States by gender 1950-2029

    • Bachelor's degrees earned in the United States by ethnic group 2016/17

    • Bachelor's degrees earned in the United States by field of research 2016/17

  • 3. Master's degree
    • Master's degrees earned in the United States by gender 1950-2029

    • Master's degrees earned in the United States by ethnicity 2016/17

    • Master's degrees earned in the United States by field of research 2016/17

  • 4. Doctorate degree
    • Doctoral degrees earned in the United States by gender 1950-2029

    • Doctoral degrees earned in the United States by ethnicity 2016/17

    • Doctoral degrees earned in the United States by field of research 2016/17

    • Median years to complete a doctorate in the U.S. from 1992 to 2017

    • Primary sources of financial support for U.S. doctorate recipients in 2017

  • 5. Associate's degree
    • Associate's degrees earned in the United States by gender 1970-2029

    • Associate's degrees earned in the United States by ethnicity 2016/17

  • 6. Salary and debt
    • U.S. - unemployment rate of recent graduates 2018/19

    • U.S. high school graduates and dropouts: unemployment rate 2018

    • Share of U.S. graduates with debt 2003-2017

    • Average debt of university graduates in the U.S. 2003-2017

    • Average debt of university graduates, by institution type U.S. 2016/17

    • Average value of undergraduate student loans in the U.S. from 2001 to 2018, by type

    • Average value of graduate student loans in the U.S. from 2001 to 2018, by type

    • Median income of full-time workers in the U.S. in 2015, by education and occupation

    • Top 20 associate's degrees in the U.S. by mid-career pay 2018/19

    • Top 20 bachelor's degrees in the U.S. by mid-career pay 2018/19

    • The best master's degrees for jobs in the U.S. 2018

    • Expected starting salary for business school graduates in U.S. in 2019, by degree

    • U.S. - average salary for Bachelor's degree holders, by discipline 2019

    • U.S. - average salary for graduates, by discipline 2019

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