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Projections of Education Statistics to 2016
NCES 2008-060
December 2007

Section 2. Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions: Total Enrollment

Figure C. Actual and middle alternative projected numbers for total enrollment in degree-granting institutions: Selected years, 1991–2016

Figure C. Actual and middle alternative projected numbers for total enrollment in degree-granting institutions: Selected years, 1991–2016

SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Education, NCES, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey," various years; and Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Model. (See reference table 10.)

Total enrollment in degree-granting institutions increased 22 percent from 1991 to 2005, a period of 14 years (figure C; reference figure 10 and table 10).

Between 2005 and 2016, a period of 11 years, total enrollment is projected to increase

  • 17 percent, to 20.4 million, in the middle alternative projections;
  • 14 percent, to 20.0 million, in the low alternative projections; and
  • 19 percent, to 20.8 million, in the high alternative projections.


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