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Table 207. Total fall enrollment in degree-granting institutions, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1970 through 2007
State or jurisdiction Fall 1970 Fall 1980 Fall 1990 Fall 2000 Fall 2002 Fall 2003 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Percent change, 2000 to 2007
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
United States 8,580,887 12,096,895 13,818,637 15,312,289 16,611,711 16,911,481 17,272,044 17,487,475 17,758,870 18,248,128 19.2
Alabama 103,936 164,306 218,589 233,962 246,414 253,846 255,826 256,389 258,408 268,183 14.6
Alaska 9,471 21,296 29,833 27,953 29,546 31,035 30,869 30,231 29,853 30,616 9.5
Arizona 109,619 202,716 264,148 342,490 401,605 435,767 490,925 545,597 567,192 624,147 82.2
Arkansas 52,039 77,607 90,425 115,172 127,372 133,950 138,399 143,272 147,391 152,168 32.1
California 1,257,245 1,790,993 1,808,740 2,256,708 2,474,024 2,340,698 2,374,045 2,399,833 2,434,774 2,529,522 12.1
                     
Colorado 123,395 162,916 227,131 263,872 282,343 289,424 300,914 302,672 308,383 310,637 17.7
Connecticut 124,700 159,632 168,604 161,243 170,606 170,976 172,775 174,675 176,716 179,005 11.0
Delaware 25,260 32,939 42,004 43,897 49,228 49,595 49,804 51,612 51,238 52,343 19.2
District of Columbia 77,158 86,675 79,551 72,689 91,014 95,297 99,988 104,897 109,505 115,153 58.4
Florida 235,525 411,891 588,086 707,684 792,079 840,108 866,665 872,662 885,651 913,793 29.1
                     
Georgia 126,511 184,159 251,786 346,204 397,604 411,102 434,283 426,650 435,403 453,711 31.1
Hawaii 36,562 47,181 56,436 60,182 65,368 67,481 67,225 67,083 66,893 66,601 10.7
Idaho 34,567 43,018 51,881 65,594 72,072 75,390 76,311 77,708 77,872 78,846 20.2
Illinois 452,146 644,245 729,246 743,918 776,622 796,815 801,401 832,967 830,676 837,018 12.5
Indiana 192,668 247,253 284,832 314,334 342,064 350,102 356,801 361,253 368,013 380,477 21.0
                     
Iowa 108,902 140,449 170,515 188,974 202,546 213,958 217,646 227,722 238,634 256,259 35.6
Kansas 102,485 136,605 163,733 179,968 188,049 190,306 191,590 191,752 193,146 194,102 7.9
Kentucky 98,591 143,066 177,852 188,341 225,489 235,743 240,097 244,969 248,914 258,213 37.1
Louisiana 120,728 160,058 186,840 223,800 232,140 244,537 246,301 197,713 224,147 224,754 0.4
Maine 34,134 43,264 57,186 58,473 63,308 64,222 65,415 65,551 66,149 67,173 14.9
                     
Maryland 149,607 225,526 259,700 273,745 300,269 307,613 312,493 314,151 319,460 327,597 19.7
Massachusetts 303,809 418,415 417,833 421,142 431,224 436,102 439,245 443,316 451,526 463,366 10.0
Michigan 392,726 520,131 569,803 567,631 605,835 616,012 620,980 626,751 634,489 643,279 13.3
Minnesota 160,788 206,691 253,789 293,445 323,791 339,597 349,021 361,701 375,899 392,393 33.7
Mississippi 73,967 102,364 122,883 137,389 147,077 148,584 152,115 150,457 151,137 155,232 13.0
                     
Missouri 183,930 234,421 289,899 321,348 348,146 359,749 365,204 374,445 377,098 384,366 19.6
Montana 30,062 35,177 35,876 42,240 45,111 47,240 47,173 47,850 47,501 47,371 12.1
Nebraska 66,915 89,488 112,831 112,117 116,737 119,511 121,053 121,236 124,500 127,378 13.6
Nevada 13,669 40,455 61,728 87,893 95,671 100,849 105,961 110,705 112,270 116,276 32.3
New Hampshire 29,400 46,794 59,510 61,718 68,523 69,608 70,163 69,893 70,669 70,724 14.6
                     
New Jersey 216,121 321,610 324,286 335,945 361,733 372,632 380,374 379,758 385,656 398,136 18.5
New Mexico 44,461 58,283 85,500 110,739 120,997 127,040 131,577 131,337 131,828 134,375 21.3
New York 806,479 992,237 1,048,286 1,043,395 1,107,270 1,126,085 1,141,525 1,152,081 1,160,364 1,172,811 12.4
North Carolina 171,925 287,537 352,138 404,652 447,335 464,437 472,709 484,392 495,633 502,330 24.1
North Dakota 31,495 34,069 37,878 40,248 45,800 48,402 49,533 49,389 49,519 49,945 24.1
                     
Ohio 376,267 489,145 557,690 549,553 587,996 603,399 614,234 616,350 619,942 630,497 14.7
Oklahoma 110,155 160,295 173,221 178,016 198,423 207,791 207,625 208,053 206,236 206,382 15.9
Oregon 122,177 157,458 165,741 183,065 204,565 198,786 199,985 200,033 197,594 202,928 10.9
Pennsylvania 411,044 507,716 604,060 609,521 654,826 676,121 688,780 692,340 707,132 725,397 19.0
Rhode Island 45,898 66,869 78,273 75,450 77,417 79,085 80,377 81,382 81,734 82,900 9.9
                     
South Carolina 69,518 132,476 159,302 185,931 202,007 207,601 208,910 210,444 212,422 217,755 17.1
South Dakota 30,639 32,761 34,208 43,221 47,751 55,816 48,708 48,768 48,931 49,747 15.1
Tennessee 135,103 204,581 226,238 263,910 261,899 276,999 278,055 283,070 290,530 297,785 12.8
Texas 442,225 701,391 901,437 1,033,973 1,152,369 1,175,336 1,229,197 1,240,707 1,252,709 1,269,098 22.7
Utah 81,687 93,987 121,303 163,776 178,932 183,462 194,324 200,691 202,151 203,679 24.4
                     
Vermont 22,209 30,628 36,398 35,489 36,537 37,695 38,639 39,915 41,095 42,191 18.9
Virginia 151,915 280,504 353,442 381,893 404,966 414,945 425,181 439,166 456,172 478,268 25.2
Washington 183,544 303,603 263,384 320,840 338,820 345,566 343,524 348,482 348,154 352,075 9.7
West Virginia 63,153 81,973 84,790 87,888 93,723 97,005 97,884 99,547 100,519 116,848 33.0
Wisconsin 202,058 269,086 299,774 307,179 329,443 329,738 331,506 335,258 340,158 343,747 11.9
Wyoming 15,220 21,147 31,326 30,004 32,605 33,695 33,955 35,334 34,693 35,246 17.5
                     
U.S. Service Academies1 17,079 49,808 48,692 13,475 14,420 14,628 14,754 15,265 12,191 15,285 13.4
                     
Other jurisdictions 67,237 137,749 164,618 194,633 211,204 218,058 220,920 223,165 226,175 226,849 16.6
American Samoa 0 976 1,219 297 1,367 1,537 1,550 1,579 1,607 1,767 494.9
Federated States of
   Micronesia
0 224 975 1,576 2,173 2,558 2,608 2,283 2,539 2,379 51.0
Guam 2,719 3,217 4,741 5,215 5,157 4,710 4,642 6,064 5,789 5,244 0.6
Marshall Islands 0 0 0 328 224 601 623 604 647 557 69.8
Northern Marianas 0 0 661 1,078 1,299 1,237 1,101 967 968 901 -16.4
Palau 0 0 491 581 668 727 651 651 679 668 15.0
Puerto Rico 63,073 131,184 154,065 183,290 197,781 203,951 207,180 208,625 211,458 212,949 16.2
U.S. Virgin Islands 1,445 2,148 2,466 2,268 2,535 2,737 2,565 2,392 2,488 2,384 5.1
1 Data for 2000 and later years reflect a substantial reduction in the number of Department of Defense institutions included in the IPEDS survey.
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; and 1990 through 2007 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90), and Spring 2001 through Spring 2008. (This table was prepared July 2009.)
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