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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 219. Full-time-equivalent fall enrollment in degree-granting institutions, by control and type of institution: 1967 through 2007
Year All institutions Public institutions Private institutions
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
1967 5,499,360 4,448,302 1,051,058 3,777,701 2,850,432 927,269 1,721,659 1,597,870 123,789  
1968 5,977,768 4,729,522 1,248,246 4,248,639 3,128,057 1,120,582 1,729,129 1,601,465 127,664  
1969 6,333,357 4,899,034 1,434,323 4,577,353 3,259,323 1,318,030 1,756,004 1,639,711 116,293  
                     
1970 6,737,819 5,145,422 1,592,397 4,953,144 3,468,569 1,484,575 1,784,675 1,676,853 107,822  
1971 7,148,558 5,357,647 1,790,911 5,344,402 3,660,626 1,683,776 1,804,156 1,697,021 107,135  
1972 7,253,757 5,406,833 1,846,924 5,452,854 3,706,238 1,746,616 1,800,903 1,700,595 100,308  
1973 7,453,463 5,439,230 2,014,233 5,629,563 3,721,037 1,908,526 1,823,900 1,718,193 105,707  
1974 7,805,452 5,606,247 2,199,205 5,944,799 3,847,543 2,097,256 1,860,653 1,758,704 101,949  
                     
1975 8,479,698 5,900,408 2,579,290 6,522,319 4,056,502 2,465,817 1,957,379 1,843,906 113,473  
1976 8,312,502 5,848,001 2,464,501 6,349,903 3,998,450 2,351,453 1,962,599 1,849,551 113,048  
1977 8,415,339 5,935,076 2,480,263 6,396,476 4,039,071 2,357,405 2,018,863 1,896,005 122,858  
1978 8,348,482 5,932,357 2,416,125 6,279,199 3,996,126 2,283,073 2,069,283 1,936,231 133,052  
1979 8,487,317 6,016,072 2,471,245 6,392,617 4,059,304 2,333,313 2,094,700 1,956,768 137,932  
                     
1980 8,819,013 6,161,372 2,657,641 6,642,294 4,158,267 2,484,027 2,176,719 2,003,105 173,614 1
1981 9,014,521 6,249,847 2,764,674 6,781,300 4,208,506 2,572,794 2,233,221 2,041,341 191,880 1
1982 9,091,648 6,248,923 2,842,725 6,850,589 4,220,648 2,629,941 2,241,059 2,028,275 212,784  
1983 9,166,398 6,325,222 2,841,176 6,881,479 4,265,807 2,615,672 2,284,919 2,059,415 225,504  
1984 8,951,695 6,292,711 2,658,984 6,684,664 4,237,895 2,446,769 2,267,031 2,054,816 212,215  
                     
1985 8,943,433 6,294,339 2,649,094 6,667,781 4,239,622 2,428,159 2,275,652 2,054,717 220,935  
1986 9,064,165 6,360,325 2,703,842 6,778,045 4,295,494 2,482,551 2,286,122 2,064,831 221,291 2
1987 9,229,736 6,486,504 2,743,230 6,937,690 4,395,728 2,541,961 2,292,045 2,090,776 201,269 2
1988 9,464,271 6,664,146 2,800,125 7,096,905 4,505,774 2,591,131 2,367,366 2,158,372 208,994  
1989 9,780,881 6,813,602 2,967,279 7,371,590 4,619,828 2,751,762 2,409,291 2,193,774 215,517  
                     
1990 9,983,436 6,968,008 3,015,428 7,557,982 4,740,049 2,817,933 2,425,454 2,227,959 197,495  
1991 10,360,606 7,081,454 3,279,152 7,862,845 4,795,704 3,067,141 2,497,761 2,285,750 212,011  
1992 10,436,776 7,129,379 3,307,397 7,911,701 4,797,884 3,113,817 2,525,075 2,331,495 193,580  
1993 10,351,415 7,120,921 3,230,494 7,812,394 4,765,983 3,046,411 2,539,021 2,354,938 184,083  
1994 10,348,072 7,137,341 3,210,731 7,784,396 4,749,524 3,034,872 2,563,676 2,387,817 175,859  
                     
1995 10,334,956 7,172,844 3,162,112 7,751,815 4,757,223 2,994,592 2,583,141 2,415,621 167,520  
1996 10,481,886 7,234,541 3,247,345 7,794,895 4,767,117 3,027,778 2,686,991 2,467,424 219,567  
1997 10,615,028 7,338,794 3,276,234 7,869,764 4,813,849 3,055,915 2,745,264 2,524,945 220,319  
1998 10,698,775 7,467,828 3,230,947 7,880,135 4,868,857 3,011,278 2,818,640 2,598,971 219,669  
1999 10,943,609 7,638,976 3,304,633 8,020,074 4,944,554 3,075,520 2,923,535 2,694,422 229,113  
                     
2000 11,267,025 7,795,139 3,471,886 8,266,932 5,025,588 3,241,344 3,000,093 2,769,551 230,542  
2001 11,765,945 8,087,980 3,677,965 8,639,154 5,194,035 3,445,119 3,126,791 2,893,945 232,846  
2002 12,331,319 8,439,064 3,892,255 9,061,411 5,406,283 3,655,128 3,269,908 3,032,781 237,127  
2003 12,687,597 8,744,188 3,943,409 9,240,724 5,557,680 3,683,044 3,446,873 3,186,508 260,365  
2004 13,000,994 9,018,024 3,982,970 9,348,081 5,640,650 3,707,431 3,652,913 3,377,374 275,539  
                     
2005 13,200,790 9,261,634 3,939,156 9,390,216 5,728,327 3,661,889 3,810,574 3,533,307 277,267  
2006 13,403,097 9,456,166 3,946,931 9,503,558 5,824,768 3,678,790 3,899,539 3,631,398 268,141  
2007 13,782,702 9,769,560 4,013,142 9,739,709 5,994,230 3,745,479 4,042,993 3,775,330 267,663  
1 Large increases are due to the addition of schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology in 1980 and 1981.
2 Because of imputation techniques, data are not consistent with figures for other years.
NOTE: Data through 1995 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.) Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities" surveys, 1967 through 1985; and 1986 through 2007 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:86–99), and Spring 2001 through Spring 2008. (This table was prepared October 2008.)