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Table 205. Total fall enrollment in degree-granting institutions, by level and control of institution, attendance status, and sex of student: Selected years, 1970 through 2010
Level and control of institution, attendance status, and sex of student 1970 1975 19801 1985 1990 1995 2000 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Total 8,580,887 11,184,859 12,096,895 12,247,055 13,818,637 14,261,781 15,312,289 17,272,044 17,487,475 17,758,870 18,248,128 19,102,814 20,427,711 21,016,126
Full-time 5,816,290 6,841,334 7,097,958 7,075,221 7,820,985 8,128,802 9,009,600 10,610,177 10,797,011 10,957,305 11,269,892 11,747,743 12,722,782 13,082,267
Males 3,504,095 3,926,753 3,689,244 3,607,720 3,807,752 3,807,392 4,111,093 4,739,355 4,803,388 4,879,315 5,029,444 5,234,357 5,670,644 5,837,057
Females 2,312,195 2,914,581 3,408,714 3,467,501 4,013,233 4,321,410 4,898,507 5,870,822 5,993,623 6,077,990 6,240,448 6,513,386 7,052,138 7,245,210
Part-time 2,764,597 4,343,525 4,998,937 5,171,834 5,997,652 6,132,979 6,302,689 6,661,867 6,690,464 6,801,565 6,978,236 7,355,071 7,704,929 7,933,859
Males 1,539,547 2,222,244 2,185,130 2,210,730 2,476,157 2,535,147 2,610,676 2,647,907 2,652,537 2,695,500 2,786,470 2,954,538 3,098,860 3,207,754
Females 1,225,050 2,121,281 2,813,807 2,961,104 3,521,495 3,597,832 3,692,013 4,013,960 4,037,927 4,106,065 4,191,766 4,400,533 4,606,069 4,726,105
                             
4-year 6,261,502 7,214,740 7,570,608 7,715,978 8,578,554 8,769,252 9,363,858 10,726,181 10,999,420 11,240,330 11,630,198 12,131,436 12,906,305 13,335,251
Full-time 4,587,379 5,080,256 5,344,163 5,384,614 5,937,023 6,151,755 6,792,551 7,926,639 8,150,209 8,313,999 8,577,299 8,915,546 9,474,059 9,717,074
Males 2,732,796 2,891,192 2,809,528 2,781,412 2,926,360 2,929,177 3,115,252 3,572,783 3,649,622 3,719,478 3,839,336 3,984,494 4,222,234 4,353,627
Females 1,854,583 2,189,064 2,534,635 2,603,202 3,010,663 3,222,578 3,677,299 4,353,856 4,500,587 4,594,521 4,737,963 4,931,052 5,251,825 5,363,447
Part-time 1,674,123 2,134,484 2,226,445 2,331,364 2,641,531 2,617,497 2,571,307 2,799,542 2,849,211 2,926,331 3,052,899 3,215,890 3,432,246 3,618,177
Males 936,189 1,092,461 1,017,813 1,034,804 1,124,780 1,084,753 1,047,917 1,116,883 1,125,935 1,150,598 1,206,007 1,268,517 1,350,710 1,426,058
Females 737,934 1,042,023 1,208,632 1,296,560 1,516,751 1,532,744 1,523,390 1,682,659 1,723,276 1,775,733 1,846,892 1,947,373 2,081,536 2,192,119
                             
Public 4-year 4,232,722 4,998,142 5,128,612 5,209,540 5,848,242 5,814,545 6,055,398 6,736,536 6,837,605 6,955,013 7,166,661 7,331,809 7,709,197 7,924,771
Full-time 3,086,491 3,469,821 3,592,193 3,623,341 4,033,654 4,084,711 4,371,218 4,943,811 5,021,745 5,103,764 5,244,841 5,378,123 5,649,713 5,811,370
Males 1,813,584 1,947,823 1,873,397 1,863,689 1,982,369 1,951,140 2,008,618 2,259,946 2,295,456 2,338,923 2,417,717 2,488,168 2,626,170 2,707,453
Females 1,272,907 1,521,998 1,718,796 1,759,652 2,051,285 2,133,571 2,362,600 2,683,865 2,726,289 2,764,841 2,827,124 2,889,955 3,023,543 3,103,917
Part-time 1,146,231 1,528,321 1,536,419 1,586,199 1,814,588 1,729,834 1,684,180 1,792,725 1,815,860 1,851,249 1,921,820 1,953,686 2,059,484 2,113,401
Males 609,422 760,469 685,051 693,115 764,248 720,402 683,100 716,569 724,375 739,846 772,563 788,594 833,156 861,091
Females 536,809 767,852 851,368 893,084 1,050,340 1,009,432 1,001,080 1,076,156 1,091,485 1,111,403 1,149,257 1,165,092 1,226,328 1,252,310
                             
Private 4-year 2,028,780 2,216,598 2,441,996 2,506,438 2,730,312 2,954,707 3,308,460 3,989,645 4,161,815 4,285,317 4,463,537 4,799,627 5,197,108 5,410,480
Full-time 1,500,888 1,610,435 1,751,970 1,761,273 1,903,369 2,067,044 2,421,333 2,982,828 3,128,464 3,210,235 3,332,458 3,537,423 3,824,346 3,905,704
Males 919,212 943,369 936,131 917,723 943,991 978,037 1,106,634 1,312,837 1,354,166 1,380,555 1,421,619 1,496,326 1,596,064 1,646,174
Females 581,676 667,066 815,839 843,550 959,378 1,089,007 1,314,699 1,669,991 1,774,298 1,829,680 1,910,839 2,041,097 2,228,282 2,259,530
Part-time 527,892 606,163 690,026 745,165 826,943 887,663 887,127 1,006,817 1,033,351 1,075,082 1,131,079 1,262,204 1,372,762 1,504,776
Males 326,767 331,992 332,762 341,689 360,532 364,351 364,817 400,314 401,560 410,752 433,444 479,923 517,554 564,967
Females 201,125 274,171 357,264 403,476 466,411 523,312 522,310 606,503 631,791 664,330 697,635 782,281 855,208 939,809
                             
Not-for-profit                            
4-year 2,021,121 2,198,451 2,413,693 2,463,000 2,671,069 2,853,890 3,050,575 3,369,435 3,411,170 3,473,710 3,537,664 3,626,168 3,730,316 3,822,260
Full-time 1,494,625 1,596,074 1,733,014 1,727,707 1,859,124 1,989,457 2,226,028 2,494,090 2,534,793 2,589,590 2,643,207 2,698,819 2,783,162 2,865,417
Males 914,020 930,842 921,253 894,080 915,100 931,956 996,113 1,092,100 1,109,075 1,135,163 1,159,775 1,184,895 1,221,375 1,259,919
Females 580,605 665,232 811,761 833,627 944,024 1,057,501 1,229,915 1,401,990 1,425,718 1,454,427 1,483,432 1,513,924 1,561,787 1,605,498
Part-time 526,496 602,377 680,679 735,293 811,945 864,433 824,547 875,345 876,377 884,120 894,457 927,349 947,154 956,843
Males 325,693 329,662 327,986 336,168 352,106 351,874 332,814 341,391 339,572 340,842 344,325 357,974 364,432 366,645
Females 200,803 272,715 352,693 399,125 459,839 512,559 491,733 533,954 536,805 543,278 550,132 569,375 582,722 590,198
For-profit 4-year 7,659 18,147 28,303 43,438 59,243 100,817 257,885 620,210 750,645 811,607 925,873 1,173,459 1,466,792 1,588,220
                             
2-year 2,319,385 3,970,119 4,526,287 4,531,077 5,240,083 5,492,529 5,948,431 6,545,863 6,488,055 6,518,540 6,617,930 6,971,378 7,521,406 7,680,875
Full-time 1,228,911 1,761,078 1,753,795 1,690,607 1,883,962 1,977,047 2,217,049 2,683,538 2,646,802 2,643,306 2,692,593 2,832,197 3,248,723 3,365,193
Males 771,299 1,035,561 879,716 826,308 881,392 878,215 995,841 1,166,572 1,153,766 1,159,837 1,190,108 1,249,863 1,448,410 1,483,430
Females 457,612 725,517 874,079 864,299 1,002,570 1,098,832 1,221,208 1,516,966 1,493,036 1,483,469 1,502,485 1,582,334 1,800,313 1,881,763
Part-time 1,090,474 2,209,041 2,772,492 2,840,470 3,356,121 3,515,482 3,731,382 3,862,325 3,841,253 3,875,234 3,925,337 4,139,181 4,272,683 4,315,682
Males 603,358 1,129,783 1,167,317 1,175,926 1,351,377 1,450,394 1,562,759 1,531,024 1,526,602 1,544,902 1,580,463 1,686,021 1,748,150 1,781,696
Females 487,116 1,079,258 1,605,175 1,664,544 2,004,744 2,065,088 2,168,623 2,331,301 2,314,651 2,330,332 2,344,874 2,453,160 2,524,533 2,533,986
                             
Public 2-year 2,195,412 3,836,366 4,328,782 4,269,733 4,996,475 5,277,829 5,697,388 6,243,576 6,184,229 6,225,120 6,324,119 6,640,344 7,101,445 7,218,038
Full-time 1,129,165 1,662,621 1,595,493 1,496,905 1,716,843 1,840,590 2,000,008 2,425,621 2,387,016 2,391,799 2,442,140 2,548,488 2,880,631 2,952,480
Males 720,440 988,701 811,871 742,673 810,664 818,605 891,282 1,065,127 1,055,029 1,067,223 1,098,772 1,152,037 1,317,630 1,342,140
Females 408,725 673,920 783,622 754,232 906,179 1,021,985 1,108,726 1,360,494 1,331,987 1,324,576 1,343,368 1,396,451 1,563,001 1,610,340
Part-time 1,066,247 2,173,745 2,733,289 2,772,828 3,279,632 3,437,239 3,697,380 3,817,955 3,797,213 3,833,321 3,881,979 4,091,856 4,220,814 4,265,558
Males 589,439 1,107,680 1,152,268 1,138,011 1,317,730 1,417,488 1,549,407 1,517,834 1,514,363 1,533,412 1,568,247 1,671,716 1,732,613 1,768,853
Females 476,808 1,066,065 1,581,021 1,634,817 1,961,902 2,019,751 2,147,973 2,300,121 2,282,850 2,299,909 2,313,732 2,420,140 2,488,201 2,496,705
                             
Private 2-year 123,973 133,753 197,505 261,344 243,608 214,700 251,043 302,287 303,826 293,420 293,811 331,034 419,961 462,837
Full-time 99,746 98,457 158,302 193,702 167,119 136,457 217,041 257,917 259,786 251,507 250,453 283,709 368,092 412,713
Males 50,859 46,860 67,845 83,635 70,728 59,610 104,559 101,445 98,737 92,614 91,336 97,826 130,780 141,290
Females 48,887 51,597 90,457 110,067 96,391 76,847 112,482 156,472 161,049 158,893 159,117 185,883 237,312 271,423
Part-time 24,227 35,296 39,203 67,642 76,489 78,243 34,002 44,370 44,040 41,913 43,358 47,325 51,869 50,124
Males 13,919 22,103 15,049 37,915 33,647 32,906 13,352 13,190 12,239 11,490 12,216 14,305 15,537 12,843
Females 10,308 13,193 24,154 29,727 42,842 45,337 20,650 31,180 31,801 30,423 31,142 33,020 36,332 37,281
                             
Not-for-profit                            
2-year 113,299 112,997 114,094 108,791 89,158 75,154 58,844 42,250 43,522 39,156 33,486 35,351 34,767 32,660
Full-time 91,514 82,158 83,009 76,547 62,003 54,033 46,670 28,903 28,939 25,969 21,295 23,270 23,483 23,101
Males 46,030 40,548 34,968 30,878 25,946 23,265 21,950 12,347 12,086 10,832 8,691 9,244 9,578 9,918
Females 45,484 41,610 48,041 45,669 36,057 30,768 24,720 16,556 16,853 15,137 12,604 14,026 13,905 13,183
Part-time 21,785 30,839 31,085 32,244 27,155 21,121 12,174 13,347 14,583 13,187 12,191 12,081 11,284 9,559
Males 12,097 18,929 11,445 10,786 7,970 6,080 4,499 3,385 3,566 3,044 3,003 2,867 2,721 2,586
Females 9,688 11,910 19,640 21,458 19,185 15,041 7,675 9,962 11,017 10,143 9,188 9,214 8,563 6,973
For-profit 2-year 10,674 20,756 83,411 152,553 154,450 139,546 192,199 260,037 260,304 254,264 260,325 295,683 385,194 430,177
1 Large increase in private 2-year institutions in 1980 is due to the addition of schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
NOTE: Data through 1995 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate’s or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Appendix A: Guide to Sources for details.)
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities" surveys, 1970 through 1985; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90-99); and IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2011, Enrollment component. (This table was prepared September 2011.)
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