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Table 304.15. Total fall enrollment in public degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1970 through 2017
State or jurisdiction 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2012 2014 2015 2016 2017 Percent change, 2012 to 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
United States 6,428,134 9,457,394 10,844,717 11,752,786 15,142,171 14,884,667 14,654,660 14,572,843 14,585,840 14,560,155 -2.2
Alabama 87,884 143,674 195,939 207,435 267,083 251,045 246,989 247,450 251,038 254,071 1.2
Alaska 8,563 20,561 27,792 26,559 32,303 30,595 29,892 28,429 27,352 25,850 -15.5
Arizona 107,315 194,034 248,213 284,522 366,976 359,229 354,997 360,976 361,400 366,787 2.1
Arkansas 43,599 66,068 78,645 101,775 155,780 157,224 151,399 150,165 149,298 146,697 -6.7
California 1,123,529 1,599,838 1,594,710 1,927,771 2,223,163 2,129,152 2,167,818 2,202,258 2,228,592 2,246,844 5.5
                       
Colorado 108,562 145,598 200,653 217,897 269,433 272,444 268,041 265,828 272,668 278,909 2.4
Connecticut 73,391 97,788 109,556 101,027 127,194 124,952 122,303 119,766 117,345 116,090 -7.1
Delaware 21,151 28,325 34,252 34,194 39,935 41,113 41,012 40,611 41,816 42,321 2.9
District of Columbia 12,194 13,900 11,990 5,499 5,840 5,476 5,115 5,118 4,587 4,529 -17.3
Florida 189,450 334,349 489,081 556,912 790,027 804,693 795,628 794,390 797,048 798,045 -0.8
                       
Georgia 101,900 140,158 196,413 271,755 436,047 422,189 413,711 417,860 422,159 428,586 1.5
Hawaii 32,963 43,269 45,728 44,579 60,090 60,295 57,052 55,756 53,418 51,674 -14.3
Idaho 27,072 34,491 41,315 53,751 64,204 78,781 76,806 72,339 74,667 75,792 -3.8
Illinois 315,634 491,274 551,333 534,155 585,515 556,890 529,462 509,104 492,578 478,042 -14.2
Indiana 136,739 189,224 223,953 240,023 337,705 333,769 328,442 321,501 319,581 301,562 -9.6
                       
Iowa 68,390 97,454 117,834 135,008 177,781 173,558 169,896 171,005 171,075 170,427 -1.8
Kansas 88,215 121,987 149,117 159,976 185,623 183,914 183,084 179,532 180,170 179,856 -2.2
Kentucky 77,240 114,884 147,095 151,973 229,725 223,100 213,043 205,908 205,431 202,266 -9.3
Louisiana 101,127 136,703 158,290 189,213 224,811 220,971 210,943 212,098 208,254 210,691 -4.7
Maine 25,405 31,878 41,500 40,662 50,903 50,555 48,354 47,408 47,763 46,999 -7.0
                       
Maryland 118,988 195,051 220,783 223,797 309,779 310,503 305,156 303,849 306,892 303,640 -2.2
Massachusetts 116,127 183,765 186,035 183,248 224,542 228,178 226,213 222,243 218,465 213,389 -6.5
Michigan 339,625 454,147 487,359 467,861 562,448 540,242 514,712 501,411 492,771 478,735 -11.4
Minnesota 130,567 162,379 199,211 218,617 276,176 272,290 259,695 256,187 253,239 249,385 -8.4
Mississippi 64,968 90,661 109,038 125,355 161,493 157,995 152,092 155,334 153,082 152,319 -3.6
                       
Missouri 132,540 165,179 200,093 201,509 256,030 257,430 252,980 248,516 244,921 235,540 -8.5
Montana 27,287 31,178 31,865 37,387 48,231 48,333 47,024 45,935 46,262 46,002 -4.8
Nebraska 51,454 73,509 94,614 88,531 107,979 104,166 99,821 100,030 101,032 101,038 -3.0
Nevada 13,576 40,280 61,242 83,120 113,103 103,619 106,028 104,418 106,196 107,864 4.1
New Hampshire 15,979 24,119 32,163 35,870 44,077 43,289 42,904 42,628 41,170 39,761 -8.1
                       
New Jersey 145,373 247,028 261,601 266,921 358,256 356,457 351,357 339,722 337,099 334,597 -6.1
New Mexico 40,795 55,077 83,403 101,450 150,844 146,792 138,311 131,343 129,038 125,280 -14.7
New York 449,437 563,251 616,884 583,417 723,500 722,274 721,850 709,243 700,875 697,458 -3.4
North Carolina 123,761 228,154 285,405 329,422 475,064 465,950 455,100 448,055 450,080 454,632 -2.4
North Dakota 30,192 31,709 34,690 36,014 48,904 48,929 48,292 48,191 47,964 47,574 -2.8
                       
Ohio 281,099 381,765 427,613 411,161 547,551 524,973 510,244 501,677 501,146 497,473 -5.2
Oklahoma 91,438 137,188 151,073 153,699 197,641 195,118 182,449 179,008 177,629 174,140 -10.8
Oregon 108,483 140,102 144,427 154,756 208,001 212,541 201,645 197,948 197,819 192,334 -9.5
Pennsylvania 232,982 292,499 343,478 339,229 432,923 425,890 413,591 408,522 406,346 400,943 -5.9
Rhode Island 25,527 35,052 42,350 38,458 43,224 43,204 42,765 41,320 41,369 41,018 -5.1
                       
South Carolina 47,101 107,683 131,134 155,519 205,080 209,023 205,756 202,487 200,295 200,622 -4.0
South Dakota 23,936 24,328 26,596 34,857 44,569 44,185 44,132 44,254 44,305 44,630 1.0
Tennessee 98,897 156,835 175,049 202,530 242,486 235,010 224,033 223,411 221,288 223,179 -5.0
Texas 365,522 613,552 802,314 896,534 1,334,110 1,352,060 1,365,664 1,388,266 1,423,205 1,448,385 7.1
Utah 49,588 59,598 86,108 123,046 179,061 171,001 167,716 170,689 175,308 180,034 5.3
                       
Vermont 12,536 17,984 20,910 20,021 27,524 26,501 25,643 25,383 25,736 25,300 -4.5
Virginia 123,279 246,500 291,286 313,780 409,004 409,753 399,359 394,210 389,446 389,249 -5.0
Washington 162,718 276,028 227,632 273,928 330,853 311,497 312,523 313,964 315,356 318,336 2.2
West Virginia 51,363 71,228 74,108 76,136 96,104 93,017 87,842 86,342 85,099 83,895 -9.8
Wisconsin 170,374 235,179 253,529 249,737 301,259 293,416 286,726 282,250 278,300 279,533 -4.7
Wyoming 15,220 21,121 30,623 28,715 36,292 35,859 34,316 33,693 32,802 32,551 -9.2
                       
U.S. Service Academies1 17,079 49,808 48,692 13,475 15,925 15,227 14,734 14,812 15,065 15,281 0.4
                       
Other jurisdictions 46,680 60,692 66,244 84,464 83,719 78,400 77,716 80,129 81,479 37,419 -52.3
American Samoa 0 976 1,219 297 2,193 1,795 1,276 1,285 1,253 1,095 -39.0
Federated States of
Micronesia
0 224 975 1,576 2,699 2,744 2,344 2,215 2,090 2,022 -26.3
Guam 2,719 3,217 4,741 5,215 6,103 5,878 6,416 6,325 6,017 5,972 1.6
Marshall Islands 0 0 0 328 869 1,123 1,087 995 978 1,032 -8.1
Northern Marianas 0 0 661 1,078 1,137 1,178 1,186 1,157 1,038 1,216 3.2
Palau 0 0 491 581 694 680 604 627 587 532 -21.8
Puerto Rico 42,516 54,127 55,691 73,121 67,291 62,579 62,523 65,204 67,146 23,380 -62.6
U.S. Virgin Islands 1,445 2,148 2,466 2,268 2,733 2,423 2,280 2,321 2,370 2,170 -10.4
1 Data for 2000 and later years reflect a substantial reduction in the number of Department of Defense institutions included in the IPEDS survey.
NOTE: Data through 1990 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. 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, 1970 and 1980; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:90); and IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2018, Fall Enrollment component. (This table was prepared December 2018.)

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