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Highest enrollment

Question:
Which colleges have the highest enrollment?

Response:

In fall 2016, the five institutions with the highest enrollment (including distance education as well as in-person enrollment) were University of Phoenix, with 131,600 students; Western Governors University, with 84,300 students; Ivy Tech Community College, with 78,900 students; Grand Canyon University, with 75,800 students; and Liberty University, with 75,800 students.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics, 2017 (NCES 2018-070), Chapter 3.

Enrollment of the 20 largest degree-granting college and university campuses: Fall 2016
Institution State Rank1 Total enrollment
University of Phoenix, Arizona Arizona 1 131,629
Western Governors University Utah 2 84,289
Ivy Tech Community College Indiana 3 78,910
Grand Canyon University Arizona 4 75,834
Liberty University Virginia 5 75,756
Southern New Hampshire University New Hampshire 6 73,177
Lone Star College System Texas 7 71,551
Texas A & M University, College Station Texas 8 65,632
University of Central Florida Florida 9 64,088
Ohio State University, Main Campus Ohio 10 59,482
University of Maryland, University College Maryland 11 57,529
Houston Community College Texas 12 57,032
Miami Dade College Florida 13 55,206
Florida International University Florida 14 55,003
Walden University Minnesota 15 52,565
University of Florida Florida 16 52,367
Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona 17 51,869
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Minnesota 18 51,579
Tarrant County College District Texas 19 51,350
University of Texas at Austin Texas 20 51,331

1Colleges and university campuses ranked by fall 2016 enrollment data.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Includes online and distance education courses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics, 2017 (NCES 2018-070), Table 312.10.

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