Enrollment in U.S. 4-year postsecondary institutions, by institution type 1970-2028

Undergraduate enrollment numbers in 4-year postsecondary degree-granting institutions in the United States 1970 to 2028, by institution type (in 1,000s)

by Erin Duffin, last edited May 22, 2019
Enrollment in U.S. 4-year postsecondary institutions, by institution type 1970-2028 This statistic shows the enrollment numbers for undergraduate students in public, private for-profit, and private nonprofit 4-year degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States from 1970 to 2017. It also displays the projected enrollment numbers until 2028. In 2017, there were approximately 7.39 million students enrolled in public 4-year postsecondary institutions across the U.S.
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Undergraduate enrollment numbers in 4-year postsecondary degree-granting institutions in the United States 1970 to 2028, by institution type (in 1,000s)

PublicPrivate nonprofitPrivate for-profit
19703,425.271,616.837.58
19753,994.061,701.8517.82
19804,114.361,812.6122.99
19854,207.391,820.2138
19904,713.121,954.2551.65
19954,626.232,029.5483.85
20004,842.262,154.34210.69
20055,513.732,374.85587.56
20065,622.752,409.09634.45
20075,811.922,436.97735.72
20085,950.022,500.43923.2
20096,284.812,560.41,096.39
20106,484.942,620.311,293.58
20116,626.742,679.071,260.34
20126,686.042,706.71,175.06
20136,721.882,741.69990.79
20146,846.982,741.69990.79
20156,926.522,772.11848.58
20167,301.072,763.19717.97
20177,394.282,768.63655.47
2018*7,415--
2019*7,441--
2020*7,446--
2021*7,452--
2022*7,461--
2023*7,476--
2024*7,499--
2025*7,525--
2026*7,554--
2027*7,565--
2028*7,566--
PublicPrivate nonprofitPrivate for-profit
19703,425.271,616.837.58
19753,994.061,701.8517.82
19804,114.361,812.6122.99
19854,207.391,820.2138
19904,713.121,954.2551.65
19954,626.232,029.5483.85
20004,842.262,154.34210.69
20055,513.732,374.85587.56
20065,622.752,409.09634.45
20075,811.922,436.97735.72
20085,950.022,500.43923.2
20096,284.812,560.41,096.39
20106,484.942,620.311,293.58
20116,626.742,679.071,260.34
20126,686.042,706.71,175.06
20136,721.882,741.69990.79
20146,846.982,741.69990.79
20156,926.522,772.11848.58
20167,301.072,763.19717.97
20177,394.282,768.63655.47
2018*7,415--
2019*7,441--
2020*7,446--
2021*7,452--
2022*7,461--
2023*7,476--
2024*7,499--
2025*7,525--
2026*7,554--
2027*7,565--
2028*7,566--
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by Erin Duffin, last edited May 22, 2019
This statistic shows the enrollment numbers for undergraduate students in public, private for-profit, and private nonprofit 4-year degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States from 1970 to 2017. It also displays the projected enrollment numbers until 2028. In 2017, there were approximately 7.39 million students enrolled in public 4-year postsecondary institutions across the U.S.
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