# Percentage of distance students taking exclusively distance courses 2012-2016

Among all students taking distance education courses, just under one-half are taking only distance courses (47.2%, or 3,003,080 out of 6,359,121). Approximately one-half of these exclusively distance students are enrolled at public institutions, with the remaining portion evenly split between non-profit and for-profit institutions. While public institutions host the majority of exclusively distance students, they make up a much smaller portion of the “at least one” distance enrollments found at other institution types. Only 35.3% of all distance students at public institutions are taking exclusively distance courses. This compares to 65.4% at private non-profit institutions and 84.9% at private for-profit institutions.

While the percentage of students at public institutions that are taking only distance courses may be low, the large size of this sector means that there are still more exclusively distance students at public institutions than at other types of schools. Just over one-half (1,546,241 out of 3,003,080, or 50.2%) of exclusively distance students are enrolled at public institutions.