Number of bachelor's degree recipients in the United States from 1869/70 to 2025/27 (in 1,000)

Number of bachelor's degree recipients in the U.S. 1869/70-2025/27 This statistic shows the number of bachelor's degree recipients in the United States from the academic year 1869/70 to 2014/15 with forecast up to 2026/27. In academic year 2013/14, about 1.87 million students were awarded bachelor's degree in the United States.
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Number of recipients in thousand
1869-70 9.37
1879-80 12.9
1889-90 15.54
1899-0027.41
1909-10 37.2
1919-20 48.62
1929-30 122.48
1939-40 186.5
1949-50 432.06
1959-60 392.44
1969-70 792.32
1979-80 929.42
1989-90 1,051.34
1999-00 1,237.88
2000-01 1,244.17
2001-02 1,291.9
2002-03 1,348.81
2003-04 1,399.54
2004-05 1,439.26
2005-06 1,485.24
2006-07 1,524.09
2007-08 1,563.07
2008-09 1,601.4
2009-10 1,649.92
2010-11 1,716.05
2011-12 1,792.16
2012-13 1,840.38
2013-141,870.15
2014-151,894.93
2015-16* 1,892
2016-17* 1,895
2017-18* 1,900
2018-19* 1,887
2019-20* 1,913
2020-21* 1,939
2021-22* 1,966
2022-23* 1,995
2023-24* 2,022
2024-25* 2,041
2025-26*2,062
2026-2027*2,081
Number of recipients in thousand
1869-70 9.37
1879-80 12.9
1889-90 15.54
1899-0027.41
1909-10 37.2
1919-20 48.62
1929-30 122.48
1939-40 186.5
1949-50 432.06
1959-60 392.44
1969-70 792.32
1979-80 929.42
1989-90 1,051.34
1999-00 1,237.88
2000-01 1,244.17
2001-02 1,291.9
2002-03 1,348.81
2003-04 1,399.54
2004-05 1,439.26
2005-06 1,485.24
2006-07 1,524.09
2007-08 1,563.07
2008-09 1,601.4
2009-10 1,649.92
2010-11 1,716.05
2011-12 1,792.16
2012-13 1,840.38
2013-141,870.15
2014-151,894.93
2015-16* 1,892
2016-17* 1,895
2017-18* 1,900
2018-19* 1,887
2019-20* 1,913
2020-21* 1,939
2021-22* 1,966
2022-23* 1,995
2023-24* 2,022
2024-25* 2,041
2025-26*2,062
2026-2027*2,081

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This statistic shows the number of bachelor's degree recipients in the United States from the academic year 1869/70 to 2014/15 with forecast up to 2026/27. In academic year 2013/14, about 1.87 million students were awarded bachelor's degree in the United States.
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Release date
March 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1870 -2015
Supplementary notes
*Projected.
Data for years 1870 to 1960 includes some degrees classified as master's or doctor's degrees in later years.

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