Table 2-8
Persistence and outcome of postsecondary students beginning 4-year colleges or universities in 2004: 2009
 
     Cumulative persistence outcome, 2009 (%)
Major in 2004 Number Bachelor's Associate's
or certificate
Still enrolled No longer
enrolled
 
All majors 1,657,800 57.8 6.2 12.2 23.7
S&E 397,500 63.3 4.5 11.7 20.5
Agricultural/biological sciences 80,600 71.4 3.1 10.2 15.3
Physical/math/computer sciences 85,300 51.7 7.4 11.3 29.5
Engineering 107,300 60.8 4.5 14.2 20.5
Social/behavioral sciences 124,300 62.4 3.4 14.7 19.1
Non-S&E 790,900 55.2 7.3 13.0 24.5
Missing/undeclared 469,400 57.5 5.9 11.3 25.3
 

NOTE: Physical sciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences. Social sciences include history.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-Up (BPS:04/09), http://nces.ed.gov/datalab/index.aspx.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012