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Table 248. Degree-granting institutions, by control and type of institution: Selected years, 1949–50 through 2005–06 
Year All institutions Public Private  
Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year Total 4-year 2-year  
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
Excluding branch campuses                    
1949–50 1,851 1,327 524 641 344 297 1,210 983 227  
1959–60 2,004 1,422 582 695 367 328 1,309 1,055 254  
1969–70 2,525 1,639 886 1,060 426 634 1,465 1,213 252  
1970–71 2,556 1,665 891 1,089 435 654 1,467 1,230 237  
1971–72 2,606 1,675 931 1,137 440 697 1,469 1,235 234  
                     
1972–73 2,665 1,701 964 1,182 449 733 1,483 1,252 231  
1973–74 2,720 1,717 1,003 1,200 440 760 1,520 1,277 243  
1974–75 2,747 1,744 1,003 1,214 447 767 1,533 1,297 236  
1975–76 2,765 1,767 998 1,219 447 772 1,546 1,320 226  
1976–77 2,785 1,783 1,002 1,231 452 779 1,554 1,331 223  
                     
1977–78 2,826 1,808 1,018 1,241 454 787 1,585 1,354 231  
1978–79 2,954 1,843 1,111 1,308 463 845 1,646 1,380 266  
1979–80 2,975 1,863 1,112 1,310 464 846 1,665 1,399 266  
1980–81 3,056 1,861 1,195 1,334 465 869 1,722 1,396 326 1 
1981–82 3,083 1,883 1,200 1,340 471 869 1,743 1,412 331 1 
                     
1982–83 3,111 1,887 1,224 1,336 472 864 1,775 1,415 360 1 
1983–84 3,117 1,914 1,203 1,325 474 851 1,792 1,440 352  
1984–85 3,146 1,911 1,235 1,329 461 868 1,817 1,450 367  
1985–86 3,155 1,915 1,240 1,326 461 865 1,829 1,454 375  
                     
Including branch campuses                    
1974–75 3,004 1,866 1,138 1,433 537 896 1,571 1,329 242  
1975–76 3,026 1,898 1,128 1,442 545 897 1,584 1,353 231  
1976–77 3,046 1,913 1,133 1,455 550 905 1,591 1,363 228  
1977–78 3,095 1,938 1,157 1,473 552 921 1,622 1,386 236  
1978–79 3,134 1,941 1,193 1,474 550 924 1,660 1,391 269  
                     
1979–80 3,152 1,957 1,195 1,475 549 926 1,677 1,408 269  
1980–81 3,231 1,957 1,274 1,497 552 945 1,734 1,405 329 1 
1981–82 3,253 1,979 1,274 1,498 558 940 1,755 1,421 334 1 
1982–83 3,280 1,984 1,296 1,493 560 933 1,787 1,424 363 1 
1983–84 3,284 2,013 1,271 1,481 565 916 1,803 1,448 355  
                     
1984–85 3,331 2,025 1,306 1,501 566 935 1,830 1,459 371  
1985–86 3,340 2,029 1,311 1,498 566 932 1,842 1,463 379  
1986–87 3,406 2,070 1,336 1,533 573 960 1,873 1,497 376  
1987–88 3,587 2,135 1,452 1,591 599 992 1,996 1,536 460  
1988–89 3,565 2,129 1,436 1,582 598 984 1,983 1,531 452  
1989–90 3,535 2,127 1,408 1,563 595 968 1,972 1,532 440  
                     
1990–91 3,559 2,141 1,418 1,567 595 972 1,992 1,546 446  
1991–92 3,601 2,157 1,444 1,598 599 999 2,003 1,558 445  
1992–93 3,638 2,169 1,469 1,624 600 1,024 2,014 1,569 445  
1993–94 3,632 2,190 1,442 1,625 604 1,021 2,007 1,586 421  
1994–95 3,688 2,215 1,473 1,641 605 1,036 2,047 1,610 437  
                     
1995–96 3,706 2,244 1,462 1,655 608 1,047 2,051 1,636 415  
1996–97 4,009 2,267 1,742 1,702 614 1,088 2,307 1,653 654  
1997–98 4,064 2,309 1,755 1,707 615 1,092 2,357 1,694 663  
1998–99 4,048 2,335 1,713 1,681 612 1,069 2,367 1,723 644  
1999–2000 4,084 2,363 1,721 1,682 614 1,068 2,402 1,749 653  
                     
2000–01 4,182 2,450 1,732 1,698 622 1,076 2,484 1,828 656  
2001–02 4,197 2,487 1,710 1,713 628 1,085 2,484 1,859 625  
2002–03 4,168 2,466 1,702 1,712 631 1,081 2,456 1,835 621  
2003–04 4,236 2,530 1,706 1,720 634 1,086 2,516 1,896 620  
2004–05 4,216 2,533 1,683 1,700 639 1,061 2,516 1,894 622  
2005–06 4,276 2,582 1,694 1,693 640 1,053 2,583 1,942 641  
1 Large increases are due to the addition of schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.
NOTE: Data through 1995–96 are for institutions of higher education, while later data are for degree-granting institutions. Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. The degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, but it includes more 2-year colleges and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not grant degrees. (See Guide to Sources for details.) Changes in counts of institutions over time are partly affected by increasing or decreasing numbers of institutions submitting separate data for branch campuses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Directory, Colleges and Universities, 1949–50 through 1965–66; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Institutional Characteristics of Colleges and Universities" surveys, 1966–67 through 1985–86; and 1986–87 through 2005–06 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Institutional Characteristics Survey" (IPEDS-IC:86–99), and Fall 2000 through Fall 2005. (This table was prepared September 2006.)

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