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Table 2. Enrollment in educational institutions, by level and control of institution: Selected years, fall 1980 through fall 2006

[In thousands]
Level of instruction and type of control Fall 1980 Fall 1985 Fall 1990 Fall 1995 Fall 1996 Fall 1997 Fall 1998 Fall 1999 Fall 2000 Fall 2001 Fall 2002 Fall 2003 Fall 20041  Projected fall 2005 Projected fall 2006
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
All levels 58,305 57,226 60,683   65,020 65,911   66,574 67,033   67,667 68,685   69,920 71,015   71,540 72,218 72,260   72,723
Public 50,335 48,901 52,061   55,933 56,732   57,323 57,676   58,167 58,956   59,905 60,935   61,397 61,775 61,732   62,308
Private 7,971 8,325 8,622   9,087 9,180   9,251 9,357   9,500 9,729   10,014 10,080   10,143 10,443 10,528   10,415
Elementary and secondary schools2  46,208 44,979 46,864   50,759 51,544   52,071 52,526   52,876 53,373   53,992 54,403   54,639 54,946 54,772   55,075
Public 40,877 39,422 41,217   44,840 45,611   46,127 46,539   46,857 47,204   47,672 48,183   48,540 48,795 48,710   48,948
Private 5,331 5,557 5,648   5,918 5,933 3  5,944 5,988 3  6,018 6,169 3  6,320 6,220 3  6,099 6,151 6,062   6,127
                                           
Prekindergarten to grade 8 31,639 31,229 34,392   37,096 37,519   37,832 38,121   38,253 38,594   38,961 39,031   38,990 38,991 38,525   38,658
Public 27,647 27,034 29,878   32,341 32,764   33,073 33,346   33,488 33,688   33,938 34,116   34,202 34,178 33,823   33,906
Private 3,992 4,195 4,514 3  4,756 4,755 3  4,759 4,776 3  4,765 4,906 3  5,023 4,915 3  4,788 4,812 4,702   4,752
                                           
Grades 9 to 12 14,570 13,750 12,472   13,662 14,025   14,239 14,405   14,623 14,779   15,031 15,373   15,649 15,955 16,247   16,417
Public 13,231 12,388 11,338   12,500 12,847   13,054 13,193   13,369 13,515   13,734 14,067   14,338 14,617 14,887   15,042
Private 1,339 1,362 1,134 3  1,163 1,178 3  1,185 1,212 3  1,254 1,264 3  1,296 1,306 3  1,311 1,338 1,360   1,375
Postsecondary degree-granting institutions 12,097 12,247 13,819   14,262 14,368   14,502 14,507   14,791 15,312   15,928 16,612   16,900 17,272 17,487 4  17,648
Public 9,457 9,479 10,845   11,092 11,120   11,196 11,138   11,309 11,753   12,233 12,752   12,857 12,980 13,022 4  13,360
Undergraduate 8,442 8,477 9,710   9,904 9,935   10,007 9,950   10,110 10,539   10,986 11,433   11,521 11,651 11,698 4  11,967
First-professional 114 112 112   115 117   118 121   123 124   128 132   134 136 138 4  145
Graduate 901 890 1,023   1,074 1,069   1,070 1,067   1,077 1,089   1,119 1,187   1,201 1,194 1,186 4  1,248
Private 2,640 2,768 2,974   3,169 3,247   3,306 3,369   3,482 3,560   3,695 3,860   4,043 4,292 4,466 4  4,288
Undergraduate 2,033 2,120 2,250   2,328 2,392   2,443 2,487   2,571 2,616   2,730 2,824   2,952 3,130 3,266 4  3,139
First-professional 163 162 162   183 182   180 182   180 183   181 187   195 199 199 4  209
Graduate 443 486 563   659 674   683 701   730 761   784 849   896 963 1,001 4  940
1 Private elementary and secondary education data are projected.
2 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 1.1 million in 2003. Private elementary enrollment includes preprimary students in schools offering kindergarten or higher grades.
3 Estimated.
4 Actual data.
NOTE: Degree-granting enrollment projections are based on the middle alternative projections published by the National Center for Education Statistics. 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 Guide to Sources for details.) 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," 1985–86 through 2004–05; Youth Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program (Youth-NHES:1999); Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1995–96 through 2003–04; Projections of Education Statistics to 2015; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Institutions of Higher Education" surveys, 1980 and 1985; and 1990 through 2005 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90–99), and Spring 2001 through Spring 2006. (This table was prepared September 2006.)
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