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Projections of Education Statistics to 2018

NCES 2009-062
September 2009


Table 12.  Actual and low alternative projected numbers for total enrollment in all degree-granting institutions, by sex, age, and attendance status: Selected years, fall 1998 through fall 2018

[In thousands]

Sex, age, and attendance status Actual   Projected (low alternative)
1998 2003 2007 2013 2018
             
Total enrollment 14,507 16,911 18,248   18,908 19,882
14 to 17 years old 119 150 179   137 157
18 and 19 years old 3,382 3,479 3,978   3,848 4,006
20 and 21 years old 2,811 3,472 3,761   3,985 3,973
22 to 24 years old 2,377 3,482 3,362   3,604 3,688
25 to 29 years old 1,991 2,107 2,522   2,690 2,996
30 to 34 years old 1,195 1,369 1,428   1,653 1,797
35 years old and over 2,632 2,853 3,017   2,991 3,265
Men 6,369 7,260 7,816   8,123 8,307
14 to 17 years old 45 60 75   72 79
18 and 19 years old 1,535 1,557 1,805   1,717 1,741
20 and 21 years old 1,374 1,491 1,633   1,780 1,732
22 to 24 years old 1,127 1,605 1,551   1,653 1,632
25 to 29 years old 908 930 1,020   1,106 1,217
30 to 34 years old 463 592 659   746 793
35 years old and over 917 1,025 1,074   1,049 1,113
Women 8,138 9,651 10,432   10,786 11,575
14 to 17 years old 74 91 104   65 78
18 and 19 years old 1,847 1,921 2,173   2,131 2,265
20 and 21 years old 1,437 1,981 2,129   2,205 2,241
22 to 24 years old 1,250 1,877 1,811   1,951 2,057
25 to 29 years old 1,083 1,177 1,502   1,584 1,779
30 to 34 years old 732 777 770   907 1,004
35 years old and over 1,715 1,828 1,943   1,942 2,152
Full-time, total 8,563 10,326 11,270   11,714 12,435
14 to 17 years old 93 120 153   97 113
18 and 19 years old 2,794 2,953 3,379   3,286 3,474
20 and 21 years old 2,271 2,766 3,021   3,224 3,277
22 to 24 years old 1,564 2,144 2,133   2,304 2,433
25 to 29 years old 890 1,072 1,263   1,329 1,493
30 to 34 years old 367 512 549   651 721
35 years old and over 584 758 772   823 923
Men 3,934 4,638 5,029   5,238 5,410
14 to 17 years old 39 50 58   52 58
18 and 19 years old 1,240 1,307 1,532   1,465 1,501
20 and 21 years old 1,129 1,218 1,344   1,473 1,451
22 to 24 years old 777 1,041 1,007   1,085 1,094
25 to 29 years old 424 503 585   598 678
30 to 34 years old 141 242 228   273 304
35 years old and over 184 277 275   291 324
Women 4,630 5,688 6,240   6,475 7,024
14 to 17 years old 54 71 95   45 55
18 and 19 years old 1,555 1,645 1,847   1,821 1,973
20 and 21 years old 1,142 1,548 1,677   1,751 1,826
22 to 24 years old 787 1,103 1,127   1,219 1,339
25 to 29 years old 466 569 678   731 815
30 to 34 years old 226 270 320   377 418
35 years old and over 400 482 497   532 599
Part-time, total 5,944 6,585 6,978   7,195 7,447
14 to 17 years old 26 30 26   40 44
18 and 19 years old 588 526 600   562 532
20 and 21 years old 540 706 740   761 696
22 to 24 years old 813 1,338 1,229   1,300 1,255
25 to 29 years old 1,101 1,035 1,259   1,361 1,503
30 to 34 years old 828 856 880   1,002 1,076
35 years old and over 2,048 2,094 2,245   2,168 2,342
Men 2,436 2,622 2,786   2,884 2,896
14 to 17 years old 5 10 17   20 21
18 and 19 years old 296 250 273   252 240
20 and 21 years old 245 274 288   306 281
22 to 24 years old 350 564 544   568 537
25 to 29 years old 485 427 435   508 538
30 to 34 years old 322 350 430   472 490
35 years old and over 733 748 799   758 789
Women 3,508 3,963 4,192   4,310 4,551
14 to 17 years old 21 20 9   21 23
18 and 19 years old 292 276 327   310 292
20 and 21 years old 295 433 452   454 415
22 to 24 years old 463 774 685   732 718
25 to 29 years old 617 608 824   853 964
30 to 34 years old 506 507 449   530 586
35 years old and over 1,315 1,346 1,446   1,410 1,553
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:98), Spring 2004 and Spring 2008; Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Model, 19732007; and U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, "Social and Economic Characteristics of Students," various years. (This table was prepared January 2009.)

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