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Which colleges have the highest enrollment?


In fall 2021, the five institutions with the highest enrollment (including distance education as well as in-person enrollment) were

Total enrollment of the 20 largest degree-granting postsecondary institutions: Fall 2021
Institution State Rank1 Total enrollment
Western Governors University Utah 1 150,116
Southern New Hampshire University New Hampshire 2 145,533
Grand Canyon University Arizona 3 103,072
Liberty University Virginia 4 94,709
The Pennsylvania State University Pennsylvania 5 88,914
Ivy Tech Community College Indiana 6 86,100
University of Phoenix, Arizona Arizona 7 85,836
Arizona State University Campus Immersion Arizona 8 77,881
Texas A & M University, College Station Texas 9 72,530
University of Central Florida Florida 10 70,310
Dallas College Texas 11 69,171
Lone Star College System Texas 12 68,653
Ohio State University, Main Campus Ohio 13 61,677
New York University New York 14 58,226
Arizona State University Digital Immersion Arizona 15 57,848
Florida International University Florida 16 56,664
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Illinois 17 56,607
University of Florida Florida 18 55,781
University of Maryland Global Campus Maryland 19 55,323
University of Washington, Seattle Campus Washington 20 52,434

1 College and university campuses ranked by fall 2021 enrollment data.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Institutions may report their enrollment by campus or by system. Includes enrollment in online and distance education.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2023). Table 312.10. Total enrollment and enrollment in exclusively distance education courses of the 120 largest degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by selected characteristics and institution: Fall 2021 [Data table]. In Digest of education statistics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved October 3, 2023, from

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