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Highest enrollment

Question:
Which colleges have the highest enrollment?

Response:

In fall 2018, the five institutions with the highest enrollment (including distance education as well as in-person enrollment) were Western Governors University (121,400 students); Southern New Hampshire University (104,100 students); University of Phoenix, Arizona (95,800 students); Grand Canyon University (90,300 students); and Liberty University (79,200 students).

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2021). Digest of Education Statistics, 2019 (NCES 2021-009), Chapter 3.

Enrollment of the 20 largest degree-granting college and university campuses: Fall 2018
Institution State Rank1 Total enrollment
Western Governors University Utah 1 121,437
Southern New Hampshire University New Hampshire 2 104,068
University of Phoenix, Arizona Arizona 3 95,777
Grand Canyon University Arizona 4 90,253
Liberty University Virginia 5 79,152
Lone Star College System Texas 6 73,499
Ivy Tech Community College Indiana 7 72,006
Texas A & M University, College Station Texas 8 68,679
University of Central Florida Florida 9 68,475
Ohio State University, Main Campus Ohio 10 61,170
University of Maryland, University College Maryland 11 60,603
Florida International University Florida 12 57,942
Houston Community College Texas 13 57,200
Miami Dade College Florida 14 54,973
University of Florida Florida 15 52,218
New York University New York 16 51,847
University of Texas at Austin Texas 17 51,832
Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona 18 51,585
Tarrant County College District Texas 19 51,100
Northern Virginia Community College Virginia 20 50,929

1College and university campuses ranked by fall 2018 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: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2021). Digest of Education Statistics, 2019 (NCES 2021-009), Table 312.10.

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