Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
Table 218. Total fall enrollment in private degree-granting institutions, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1970 through 2010
State or jurisdiction Fall 1970 Fall 1980 Fall 1990 Fall 2000 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Percent change, 2005 to 2010
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
United States 2,152,753 2,639,501 2,973,920 3,559,503 4,465,641 4,578,737 4,757,348 5,130,661 5,617,069 5,873,317 31.5
Alabama 16,052 20,632 22,650 26,527 28,236 27,740 30,551 65,901 51,463 60,244 113.4
Alaska 908 735 2,041 1,394 1,365 1,258 1,235 1,550 1,913 1,350 -1.1
Arizona 2,304 8,682 15,935 57,968 224,732 235,751 291,993 372,935 478,196 428,412 90.6
Arkansas 8,440 11,539 11,780 13,397 15,155 15,984 16,643 17,668 18,878 20,115 32.7
California 133,716 191,155 214,030 328,937 391,678 387,209 393,435 412,754 446,109 490,524 25.2
                       
Colorado 14,833 17,318 26,478 45,975 68,163 76,482 82,653 89,967 96,596 102,618 50.5
Connecticut 51,309 61,844 59,048 60,216 62,970 64,240 64,933 65,484 68,595 72,190 14.6
Delaware 4,109 4,614 7,752 9,703 12,930 13,120 13,251 14,136 14,746 15,323 18.5
District of Columbia 64,964 72,775 67,561 67,190 99,302 103,736 109,545 120,526 131,598 86,152 -13.2
Florida 46,075 77,542 99,005 150,772 223,663 233,743 230,465 263,106 293,742 335,442 50.0
                       
Georgia 24,611 44,001 55,373 74,449 84,638 89,265 93,828 100,113 114,456 132,614 56.7
Hawaii 3,599 3,912 10,708 15,603 16,926 16,903 16,147 16,578 16,864 17,983 6.2
Idaho 7,495 8,527 10,566 11,843 17,405 18,661 18,320 19,266 21,189 20,997 20.6
Illinois 136,512 152,971 177,913 209,763 277,818 277,899 286,078 298,831 312,083 321,374 15.7
Indiana 55,929 58,029 60,879 74,311 93,955 96,309 101,526 105,006 116,222 121,718 29.5
                       
Iowa 40,512 42,995 52,681 53,966 78,815 87,582 101,615 129,872 179,761 204,061 158.9
Kansas 14,270 14,618 14,616 19,992 21,433 22,615 24,048 26,351 28,107 29,236 36.4
Kentucky 21,351 28,182 30,757 36,368 43,390 44,716 46,979 48,613 56,399 61,377 41.5
Louisiana 19,601 23,355 28,550 34,587 16,670 31,593 31,438 33,277 36,342 38,827 132.9
Maine 8,729 11,386 15,686 17,811 18,032 18,379 18,816 19,605 20,502 21,503 19.2
                       
Maryland 30,619 30,475 38,917 49,948 58,078 58,539 57,878 58,311 60,756 68,188 17.4
Massachusetts 187,682 234,650 231,798 237,894 255,021 259,362 264,666 271,236 278,291 283,809 11.3
Michigan 53,101 65,984 82,444 99,770 121,165 122,713 123,830 124,759 133,027 135,681 12.0
Minnesota 30,221 44,312 54,578 74,828 120,848 131,793 141,996 154,422 171,945 189,160 56.5
Mississippi 8,999 11,703 13,845 12,034 14,561 14,511 15,301 16,217 17,619 18,502 27.1
                       
Missouri 51,390 69,242 89,806 119,839 156,723 158,623 161,211 167,672 179,376 188,576 20.3
Montana 2,775 3,999 4,011 4,853 4,853 4,506 4,514 4,275 4,935 5,051 4.1
Nebraska 15,461 15,979 18,217 23,586 28,055 30,014 30,698 30,865 34,496 36,702 30.8
Nevada 93 175 486 4,773 10,662 10,414 11,479 11,931 12,923 16,257 52.5
New Hampshire 13,421 22,675 27,347 25,848 28,886 29,139 28,742 29,547 30,727 31,522 9.1
                       
New Jersey 70,748 74,582 62,685 69,024 75,443 77,282 79,840 81,322 83,193 85,835 13.8
New Mexico 3,666 3,206 2,097 9,289 10,361 10,160 9,602 9,430 9,651 11,796 13.9
New York 357,042 428,986 431,402 459,978 525,859 524,579 520,383 558,966 577,138 582,095 10.7
North Carolina 48,164 59,383 66,733 75,230 87,637 89,565 91,584 94,001 98,626 110,444 26.0
North Dakota 1,303 2,360 3,188 4,234 6,581 6,570 6,929 7,059 7,706 7,999 21.5
                       
Ohio 95,168 107,380 130,077 138,392 163,349 166,980 170,257 178,064 189,093 197,396 20.8
Oklahoma 18,717 23,107 22,148 24,317 28,828 28,221 28,739 28,504 30,697 32,931 14.2
Oregon 13,694 17,356 21,314 28,309 36,281 37,535 37,668 38,959 42,166 42,329 16.7
Pennsylvania 178,062 215,217 260,582 270,292 312,069 318,881 328,623 335,312 352,144 370,704 18.8
Rhode Island 20,371 31,817 35,923 36,992 41,374 41,360 41,397 41,292 41,264 41,886 1.2
                       
South Carolina 22,417 24,793 28,168 30,412 35,758 36,007 37,276 43,442 46,463 52,213 46.0
South Dakota 6,703 8,433 7,612 8,364 11,220 10,903 10,830 10,701 11,668 13,801 23.0
Tennessee 36,206 47,746 51,189 61,380 82,676 85,474 89,261 93,470 101,177 109,502 32.4
Texas 76,703 87,839 99,123 137,439 159,372 158,570 159,432 164,016 189,027 201,973 26.7
Utah 32,099 34,389 35,195 40,730 51,731 53,923 55,697 59,187 65,669 73,508 42.1
                       
Vermont 9,673 12,644 15,488 15,468 15,825 16,710 17,362 17,394 17,947 18,048 14.0
Virginia 28,636 34,004 62,156 68,113 89,971 98,349 107,782 117,675 143,943 167,006 85.6
Washington 20,826 27,575 35,752 46,912 51,726 51,106 50,282 50,464 54,141 57,236 10.7
West Virginia 11,790 10,745 10,682 11,752 14,399 14,018 29,010 36,638 47,951 56,327 291.2
Wisconsin 31,684 33,907 46,245 57,442 66,330 67,912 70,039 72,481 78,138 82,774 24.8
Wyoming 0 26 703 1,289 2,723 1,833 1,541 1,510 1,411 2,006 -26.3
                       
Other jurisdictions 20,557 77,057 98,374 110,169 140,824 145,490 145,891 153,743 156,762 180,518 28.2
American Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Federated States of
   Micronesia
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guam 0 0 0 0 189 186 167 149 94 85 -55.0
Marshall Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northern Marianas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Palau 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Puerto Rico 20,557 77,057 98,374 110,169 140,635 145,304 145,724 153,594 156,668 180,433 28.3
U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
†Not applicable.
NOTE: Data through 1990 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 and 1980; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90); and IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2011, Enrollment component. (This table was prepared November 2011.)
Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education