About This Statistic
This graph shows the college enrollment for public and private schools in the United States from 1965 to 2015 with an additional forecast to 2026. In 2015, about 5.41 million students were enrolled in private colleges and 14.57 million in public colleges. From 1965 to 2015, 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.