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Projections of Education Statistics to 2021

NCES 2013-008
January 2013


Table 20.  Actual and projected numbers for total enrollment in all postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by sex, attendance status, and control of institution: Fall 1996 through fall 2021
[In thousands]
Year Total   Sex   Attendance status   Control
  Men Women   Full-time Part-time   Public Private
Actual                    
1996 14,368   6,353 8,015   8,303 6,065   11,121 3,247
1997 14,502   6,396 8,106   8,438 6,064   11,196 3,306
1998 14,507   6,369 8,138   8,563 5,944   11,138 3,369
1999 14,850   6,515 8,335   8,803 6,047   11,376 3,474
2000 15,312   6,722 8,591   9,010 6,303   11,753 3,560
2001 15,928   6,961 8,967   9,448 6,480   12,233 3,695
2002 16,612   7,202 9,410   9,946 6,665   12,752 3,860
2003 16,911   7,260 9,651   10,326 6,585   12,859 4,053
2004 17,272   7,387 9,885   10,610 6,662   12,980 4,292
2005 17,487   7,456 10,032   10,797 6,690   13,022 4,466
2006 17,759   7,575 10,184   10,957 6,802   13,180 4,579
2007 18,248   7,816 10,432   11,270 6,978   13,491 4,757
2008 19,103   8,189 10,914   11,748 7,355   13,972 5,131
2009 20,428   8,770 11,658   12,723 7,705   14,811 5,617
2010 21,016   9,045 11,971   13,082 7,934   15,143 5,873
Projected                    
2011 21,294   9,203 12,091   13,184 8,111   15,347 5,947
2012 21,556   9,286 12,270   13,329 8,227   15,530 6,027
2013 21,792   9,341 12,451   13,445 8,347   15,694 6,098
2014 22,042   9,370 12,673   13,562 8,480   15,871 6,171
2015 22,252   9,388 12,864   13,652 8,600   16,020 6,233
2016 22,509   9,442 13,067   13,775 8,734   16,203 6,307
2017 22,842   9,533 13,309   13,952 8,890   16,441 6,401
2018 23,219   9,643 13,576   14,163 9,055   16,712 6,508
2019 23,569   9,753 13,816   14,376 9,193   16,965 6,604
2020 23,867   9,851 14,016   14,560 9,307   17,183 6,685
2021 24,092   9,933 14,159   14,699 9,392   17,345 6,747
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), “Fall Enrollment Survey” (IPEDS-EF:96–99); IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2011, Enrollment component; and Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Model, 1980–2010. (This table was prepared January 2012.)

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