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Table 2. Enrollment in educational institutions, by level and control of institution: Selected years, fall 1980 through fall 2010
  [In thousands]              
Level and control of institution Fall 1980 Fall 1985 Fall 1990 Fall 1995 Fall 2000 Fall 2001 Fall 2002 Fall 2003 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Projected fall 2009 Projected fall 2010
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 68,685   69,920 71,015   71,551 72,154   72,674 73,066   73,451 74,338   75,710   75,900
Public 50,335 48,901 52,061   55,933 58,956   59,905 60,935   61,399 61,776   62,135 62,496   62,783 63,238   64,123   64,281
Private 7,971 8,325 8,622   9,087 9,729   10,014 10,080   10,152 10,379   10,539 10,570   10,668 11,100   11,587   11,619
                                             
Elementary and secondary
  schools1 
46,208 44,979 46,864   50,759 53,373   53,992 54,403   54,639 54,882   55,187 55,307   55,203 55,235   55,282   55,350
Public 40,877 39,422 41,217   44,840 47,204   47,672 48,183   48,540 48,795   49,113 49,316   49,293 49,266   49,312   49,386
Private 5,331 5,557 5,648 2  5,918 6,169 2  6,320 6,220 2  6,099 6,087 2  6,073 5,991 2  5,910 5,969 2  5,970   5,964
                                             
Prekindergarten to
  grade 8
31,639 31,229 34,388   37,094 38,592   38,959 39,029   38,989 38,933   38,928 38,866   38,751 38,860   39,086   39,312
Public 27,647 27,034 29,876   32,338 33,686   33,936 34,114   34,201 34,178   34,204 34,235   34,205 34,286   34,505   34,730
Private 3,992 4,195 4,512 2  4,756 4,906 2  5,023 4,915 2  4,788 4,756 2  4,724 4,631 2  4,546 4,574 2  4,580   4,582
                                             
Grades 9 to 12 14,570 13,750 12,476   13,665 14,781   15,032 15,374   15,651 15,949   16,258 16,441   16,451 16,375   16,196   16,038
Public 13,231 12,388 11,341   12,502 13,517   13,736 14,069   14,339 14,618   14,909 15,081   15,087 14,980   14,807   14,657
Private 1,339 1,362 1,136 2  1,163 1,264 2  1,296 1,306 2  1,311 1,331 2  1,349 1,360 2  1,364 1,395 2  1,389   1,382
                                             
Postsecondary
  degree-granting
  institutions
12,097 12,247 13,819   14,262 15,312   15,928 16,612   16,911 17,272   17,487 17,759   18,248 19,103   20,428 3  20,550
Public 9,457 9,479 10,845   11,092 11,753   12,233 12,752   12,859 12,980   13,022 13,180   13,491 13,972   14,811 3  14,895
Undergraduate 8,442 8,477 9,710   9,904 10,539   10,986 11,433   11,523 11,651   11,698 11,847   12,138 12,591   13,387 3  13,428
First-professional and
    graduate
1,015 1,002 1,135   1,189 1,213   1,247 1,319   1,336 1,330   1,324 1,333   1,353 1,381   1,424 3  1,467
                                             
Private 2,640 2,768 2,974   3,169 3,560   3,695 3,860   4,053 4,292   4,466 4,579   4,757 5,131   5,617 3  5,655
Undergraduate 2,033 2,120 2,250   2,328 2,616   2,730 2,824   2,957 3,130   3,266 3,337   3,466 3,775   4,179 3  4,116
First-professional and
    graduate
606 648 724   841 943   965 1,035   1,096 1,162   1,199 1,242   1,291 1,356   1,438 3  1,539
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 Data are actual.
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.) 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 2008-09; 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 2007-08; Projections of Education Statistics to 2019; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Institutions of Higher Education" surveys, 1980 and 1985; and 1990 through 2009 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90-99), and Spring 2001 through Spring 2010. (This table was prepared November 2010.)
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