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Table 2. Enrollment in educational institutions, by level and control of institution, enrollment level, and attendance status and sex of student: Selected years, fall 1980 through fall 2021
[In thousands]
Level and control of institution, enrollment level, and attendance status and sex of student Actual   Projected
1980 1990 2000 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
All levels 58,305 60,683   68,685   75,892   75,950   76,344 76,773 77,331 77,898 78,523 79,246 79,993 80,746 81,509 82,199
Elementary and secondary
      schools1
46,208 46,864   53,373   54,876   54,956   55,091 55,288 55,599 55,957 56,330 56,722 57,098 57,507 57,975 58,444
Public 40,877 41,217   47,204   49,484   49,636   49,828 50,067 50,407 50,773 51,146 51,524 51,880 52,260 52,688 53,113
Private 5,331 5,648 2 6,169 2 5,391 2 5,320   5,263 5,221 5,192 5,183 5,185 5,198 5,218 5,247 5,287 5,331
                                       
Prekindergarten to                                      
grade 8 31,639 34,388   38,592   38,716   38,909   39,115 39,334 39,539 39,788 40,114 40,451 40,797 41,149 41,506 41,861
Public3 27,647 29,876   33,686   34,625   34,849   35,076 35,301 35,502 35,735 36,029 36,329 36,639 36,956 37,278 37,598
Private 3,992 4,512 2 4,906 2 4,091 2 4,060   4,039 4,033 4,037 4,053 4,085 4,122 4,158 4,193 4,228 4,263
                                       
Grades 9 to 12 14,570 12,476   14,781   16,160   16,047   15,976 15,954 16,060 16,169 16,217 16,271 16,301 16,358 16,469 16,583
Public3 13,231 11,341   13,517   14,860   14,787   14,752 14,766 14,905 15,038 15,116 15,195 15,241 15,304 15,410 15,515
Private 1,339 1,136 2 1,264 2 1,300 2 1,260   1,224 1,188 1,155 1,130 1,100 1,076 1,061 1,054 1,059 1,068
Postsecondary degree-
      granting institu-
      tions
12,097 13,819   15,312   21,016   20,994 4  21,253 21,485 21,731 21,941 22,194 22,524 22,895 23,239 23,534 23,755
Undergraduate 10,475 11,959   13,155   18,079   18,063 4 18,262 18,436 18,622 18,779 18,973 19,238 19,542 19,842 20,105 20,303
Full-time 6,362 6,976   7,923   11,452   11,359 4 11,466 11,547 11,631 11,693 11,784 11,926 12,104 12,293 12,463 12,591
Part-time 4,113 4,983   5,232   6,627   6,704 4 6,796 6,888 6,991 7,085 7,189 7,312 7,438 7,549 7,642 7,712
                                       
Male 5,000 5,380   5,778   7,835   7,817 4 7,874 7,910 7,927 7,934 7,972 8,043 8,130 8,227 8,316 8,389
Female 5,475 6,579   7,377   10,244   10,246 4 10,388 10,525 10,695 10,845 11,001 11,195 11,412 11,615 11,789 11,914
                                       
2-year 4,525 5,240   5,948   7,681   7,500 4 7,583 7,663 7,756 7,835 7,931 8,055 8,194 8,325 8,435 8,514
4-year 5,950 6,719   7,207   10,398   10,563 4 10,678 10,772 10,866 10,944 11,043 11,184 11,348 11,517 11,670 11,789
                                       
Public 8,442 9,710   10,539   13,704   13,689 4 13,840 13,975 14,120 14,242 14,393 14,598 14,830 15,061 15,259 15,408
Private 2,033 2,250   2,616   4,374   4,374 4 4,421 4,461 4,502 4,537 4,580 4,640 4,712 4,782 4,847 4,895
                                       
Postbaccalaureate 1,622 1,860   2,157   2,937   2,931 4 2,991 3,050 3,110 3,162 3,220 3,286 3,353 3,397 3,429 3,453
Full-time 736 845   1,087   1,631   1,642 4 1,680 1,714 1,746 1,773 1,801 1,835 1,867 1,887 1,898 1,906
Part-time 886 1,015   1,070   1,307   1,289 4 1,311 1,335 1,364 1,389 1,419 1,451 1,485 1,511 1,531 1,547
                                       
Male 874 904   944   1,210   1,210 4 1,233 1,250 1,262 1,273 1,289 1,307 1,327 1,339 1,347 1,353
Female 748 955   1,213   1,728   1,722 4 1,758 1,800 1,848 1,889 1,932 1,978 2,026 2,058 2,082 2,100
1 Includes enrollments in local public school systems and in most private schools (religiously affiliated and nonsectarian). Excludes homeschooled children who were not also enrolled in public and private schools. Based on the National Household Education Survey, the homeschooled children numbered approximately 1.5 million in 2007. Private elementary enrollment includes preprimary students in schools offering kindergarten or higher grades.
2 Estimated.
3 Includes prorated proportion of students classified as ungraded.
4 Data are actual.                      
NOTE: Postsecondary 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. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Systems, 1980; Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary and Secondary Education," 1990-91 through 2010-11; Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program (PFI-NHES:2007); Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1995-96 through 2009-10; Projections of Education Statistics to 2021; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Institutions of Higher Education" survey, 1980; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90-99); and IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2012, Enrollment component. (This table was prepared January 2012.)
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