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


Table 13.  Actual and high 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 (high alternative) 
Sex, age, and attendance status  1996 2001 2005   2011 2016
Total enrollment  14,368 15,928 17,487 19,399 20,850
14 to 17 years old  231 133 199 179 194
18 and 19 years old  3,038 3,595 3,610 4,050 4,076
20 and 21 years old  2,659 3,408 3,778 4,349 4,366
22 to 24 years old  2,324 2,760 3,072 3,422 3,797
25 to 29 years old  2,128 2,014 2,384 2,779 3,246
30 to 34 years old  1,196 1,290 1,354 1,527 1,783
35 years old and over  2,791 2,727 3,090 3,092 3,388
           
Men  6,353 6,961 7,456 8,040 8,319
14 to 17 years old  92 54 78 81 83
18 and 19 years old  1,354 1,629 1,592 1,742 1,705
20 and 21 years old  1,228 1,591 1,778 1,982 1,937
22 to 24 years old  1,177 1,312 1,355 1,442 1,535
25 to 29 years old  991 905 978 1,093 1,214
30 to 34 years old  477 510 545 595 669
35 years old and over  1,033 961 1,130 1,105 1,175
           
Women  8,015 8,967 10,032 11,358 12,531
14 to 17 years old  139 79 121 98 112
18 and 19 years old  1,684 1,966 2,018 2,309 2,370
20 and 21 years old  1,430 1,817 2,000 2,367 2,428
22 to 24 years old  1,147 1,448 1,717 1,980 2,262
25 to 29 years old  1,137 1,110 1,406 1,685 2,033
30 to 34 years old  719 780 809 932 1,114
35 years old and over  1,758 1,767 1,960 1,987 2,213
           
Full-time, total  8,303 9,448 10,797 12,479 13,688
14 to 17 years old  166 122 131 114 129
18 and 19 years old  2,553 2,929 3,037 3,458 3,538
20 and 21 years old  2,117 2,662 3,030 3,553 3,639
22 to 24 years old  1,598 1,757 2,097 2,411 2,759
25 to 29 years old  911 883 1,136 1,400 1,741
30 to 34 years old  383 494 549 658 822
35 years old and over  575 602 818 885 1,061
           
Men  3,851 4,300 4,803 5,288 5,451
14 to 17 years old  72 43 36 43 45
18 and 19 years old  1,126 1,329 1,357 1,492 1,469
20 and 21 years old  969 1,249 1,460 1,639 1,612
22 to 24 years old  858 854 951 1,024 1,099
25 to 29 years old  444 397 439 501 568
30 to 34 years old  143 216 238 266 305
35 years old and over  240 212 321 323 352
           
Women  4,452 5,148 5,994 7,192 8,237
14 to 17 years old  95 78 94 71 84
18 and 19 years old  1,426 1,600 1,680 1,966 2,069
20 and 21 years old  1,148 1,413 1,569 1,914 2,026
22 to 24 years old  740 903 1,146 1,388 1,659
25 to 29 years old  467 486 697 899 1,173
30 to 34 years old  240 277 311 392 517
35 years old and over  336 390 497 562 709
           
Part-time, total  6,065 6,480 6,690 6,919 7,162
14 to 17 years old  65 11 68 65 65
18 and 19 years old  485 666 573 592 538
20 and 21 years old  542 746 748 796 727
22 to 24 years old  727 1,003 976 1,011 1,039
25 to 29 years old  1,217 1,132 1,248 1,379 1,506
30 to 34 years old  813 796 805 870 961
35 years old and over  2,216 2,126 2,272 2,207 2,327
           
Men  2,502 2,661 2,653 2,753 2,868
14 to 17 years old  20 11 41 38 38
18 and 19 years old  228 300 235 250 236
20 and 21 years old  260 342 318 343 325
22 to 24 years old  319 458 405 418 436
25 to 29 years old  547 508 539 592 646
30 to 34 years old  334 294 306 329 364
35 years old and over  793 749 809 783 823
           
Women  3,563 3,820 4,038 4,167 4,294
14 to 17 years old  45 1 27 27 28
18 and 19 years old  257 366 338 343 302
20 and 21 years old  282 404 430 453 402
22 to 24 years old  407 545 571 593 602
25 to 29 years old  670 624 709 786 859
30 to 34 years old  479 502 499 540 597
35 years old and over  1,423 1,377 1,464   1,424 1,504
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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