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Which colleges have the highest enrollment?


In fall 2019, the five institutions with the highest enrollment (including distance education as well as in-person enrollment) were:

Enrollment of the 20 largest degree-granting college and university campuses: Fall 2019
Institution State Rank1 Total enrollment
Western Governors University Utah 1 136,139
Southern New Hampshire University New Hampshire 2 113,514
Grand Canyon University Arizona 3 96,211
University of Phoenix, Arizona Arizona 4 94,724
Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus Pennsylvania 5 91,427
Liberty University Virginia 6 85,586
Lone Star College System Texas 7 74,300
Ivy Tech Community College Indiana 8 72,689
University of Central Florida Florida 9 69,402
Texas A & M University, College Station Texas 10 68,726
Ohio State University, Main Campus Ohio 11 61,391
Florida International University Florida 12 58,711
University of Maryland Global Campus Maryland 13 58,281
Houston Community College Texas 14 56,151
Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona 15 53,286
New York University New York 16 52,885
University of Florida Florida 17 52,407
Northern Virginia Community College Virginia 18 51,822
Miami Dade College Florida 19 51,679
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois 20 51,605

1College and university campuses ranked by fall 2019 enrollment data.
NOTE: Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Includes enrollment in online and distance education.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2021, May). Table 312.10. Enrollment of the 120 largest degree-granting college and university campuses, by selected characteristics and institution: Fall 2019 [Data table]. In Digest of education statistics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 2, 2022 from

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