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


Table 12.  Actual and low alternative projected numbers for total enrollment in all degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by sex, age, and attendance status: Selected years, fall 1996 through fall 2016

[In thousands]
  Actual    Projected (low alternative) 
Sex, age, and attendance status  1996  2001  2005    2011  2016 
Total enrollment  14,368 15,928 17,487 18,803 20,012
14 to 17 years old  231 133 199 173 184
18 and 19 years old  3,038 3,595 3,610 3,940 3,940
20 and 21 years old  2,659 3,408 3,778 4,237 4,227
22 to 24 years old  2,324 2,760 3,072 3,304 3,628
25 to 29 years old  2,128 2,014 2,384 2,678 3,087
30 to 34 years old  1,196 1,290 1,354 1,474 1,697
35 years old and over  2,791 2,727 3,090 2,998 3,248
           
Men  6,353 6,961 7,456 7,891 8,117
14 to 17 years old  92 54 78 79 81
18 and 19 years old  1,354 1,629 1,592 1,712 1,668
20 and 21 years old  1,228 1,591 1,778 1,950 1,898
22 to 24 years old  1,177 1,312 1,355 1,413 1,495
25 to 29 years old  991 905 978 1,071 1,181
30 to 34 years old  477 510 545 582 650
35 years old and over  1,033 961 1,130 1,084 1,145
           
Women  8,015 8,967 10,032 10,912 11,895
14 to 17 years old  139 79 121 93 104
18 and 19 years old  1,684 1,966 2,018 2,228 2,272
20 and 21 years old  1,430 1,817 2,000 2,287 2,329
22 to 24 years old  1,147 1,448 1,717 1,892 2,133
25 to 29 years old  1,137 1,110 1,406 1,607 1,906
30 to 34 years old  719 780 809 891 1,047
35 years old and over  1,758 1,767 1,960 1,914 2,103
           
Full-time, total  8,303 9,448 10,797 11,957 12,943
14 to 17 years old  166 122 131 109 120
18 and 19 years old  2,553 2,929 3,037 3,342 3,394
20 and 21 years old  2,117 2,662 3,030 3,435 3,491
22 to 24 years old  1,598 1,757 2,097 2,300 2,596
25 to 29 years old  911 883 1,136 1,319 1,609
30 to 34 years old  383 494 549 619 758
35 years old and over  575 602 818 831 975
           
Men  3,851 4,300 4,803 5,173 5,296
14 to 17 years old  72 43 36 42 44
18 and 19 years old  1,126 1,329 1,357 1,464 1,433
20 and 21 years old  969 1,249 1,460 1,609 1,575
22 to 24 years old  858 854 951 999 1,065
25 to 29 years old  444 397 439 487 547
30 to 34 years old  143 216 238 258 294
35 years old and over  240 212 321 313 339
           
Women  4,452 5,148 5,994 6,784 7,647
14 to 17 years old  95 78 94 67 77
18 and 19 years old  1,426 1,600 1,680 1,879 1,961
20 and 21 years old  1,148 1,413 1,569 1,826 1,916
22 to 24 years old  740 903 1,146 1,301 1,531
25 to 29 years old  467 486 697 832 1,062
30 to 34 years old  240 277 311 361 464
35 years old and over  336 390 497 518 636
           
Part-time, total  6,065 6,480 6,690 6,846 7,069
14 to 17 years old  65 11 68 64 64
18 and 19 years old  485 666 573 597 546
20 and 21 years old  542 746 748 802 736
22 to 24 years old  727 1,003 976 1,004 1,032
25 to 29 years old  1,217 1,132 1,248 1,358 1,479
30 to 34 years old  813 796 805 854 939
35 years old and over  2,216 2,126 2,272 2,167 2,273
           
Men  2,502 2,661 2,653 2,718 2,821
14 to 17 years old  20 11 41 37 37
18 and 19 years old  228 300 235 248 235
20 and 21 years old  260 342 318 341 323
22 to 24 years old  319 458 405 414 430
25 to 29 years old  547 508 539 584 634
30 to 34 years old  334 294 306 324 356
35 years old and over  793 749 809 770 806
           
Women  3,563 3,820 4,038 4,128 4,248
14 to 17 years old  45 1 27 27 27
18 and 19 years old  257 366 338 349 311
20 and 21 years old  282 404 430 460 413
22 to 24 years old  407 545 571 591 602
25 to 29 years old  670 624 709 775 845
30 to 34 years old  479 502 499 530 583
35 years old and over  1,423 1,377 1,464   1,396 1,467
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Data by age are based on the distribution by age from the Census Bureau. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:96), Spring 2002 and Spring 2006; Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Model, 1980–2005; and U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, "Social and Economic Characteristics of Students," various years. (This table was prepared November 2006.)
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