Students Taking Distance Courses by Level, 2012-2015

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2017
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This report uses data collected under the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Fall Enrollment survey. Beginning with Fall 2012, the data includes distance education enrollments.

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The number of students taking at least one distance education course increased 3.9% over the previous year, and grew by 11.0% in the three years since 2012. The 3.9% growth rate exceeds that observed between 2012 and 2013 (3.4%) and between 2013 and 2014 (3.3%). The 6,022,105 total of distance education students for 2015 includes 4,999,112 who are studying at the undergraduate level, and 1,022,993 who are studying at the graduate level.

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