U.S. college enrollment statistics for public and private colleges from 1965 to 2014 and projections up to 2025 (in millions)

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YearPublicPrivate
2025*16.976.32
2024*16.866.29
2023*16.676.22
2022*16.476.14
2021*16.266.06
2020*16.045.98
2019*15.855.9
2018*15.65.81
2017*15.295.69
2016*14.965.55
2015*14.795.48
201414.665.55
201314.755.63
201214.885.76
201115.125.89
201015.145.88
200914.815.5
200813.975.13
200713.494.76
200613.184.58
200513.024.47
200412.984.29
200312.864.05
200212.753.86
200112.233.69
200011.753.56
199911.383.47
199811.143.37
199711.23.31
199611.123.25
199511.093.17
199411.133.15
199311.193.12
199211.383.1
199111.313.05
199010.842.97
198910.582.96
198810.162.89
19879.972.79
19869.712.79
19859.482.77
19849.482.76
19839.682.78
19829.72.73
19819.652.72
19809.462.64
19799.042.53
19788.792.47
19778.852.44
19768.652.36
19758.832.35
19747.992.24
19737.422.18
19727.072.14
19716.82.14
19706.432.15
19695.92.11
19685.432.08
19674.822.1
19664.352.04
19653.971.95
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This graph shows the college enrollment for public and private schools in the United States from 1965 to 2014 with an additional forecast to 2025. In 2014, about 5.55 million students were enrolled in private colleges and 14.66 million in public colleges. From 1965 to 2014, total college enrollment increased by roughly 240 percent. The ratio of public to private colleges has increased slightly over this time, with public colleges making up 67 percent of enrollments in 1965 and 72 percent in 2014.

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