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Table 303.80. Total postbaccalaureate fall enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by attendance status, sex of student, and control of institution: 1970 through 2029 
Year Total Full-time Part-time Males Females Males Females Public Private
Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Total Nonprofit For-profit
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1970 1,212,243 536,226 676,017 793,940 418,303 407,724 386,216 128,502 289,801 807,879 404,364 404,287 77
1971 1,204,390 564,236 640,154 789,131 415,259 428,167 360,964 136,069 279,190 796,516 407,874 407,804 70
1972 1,272,421 583,299 689,122 810,164 462,257 436,533 373,631 146,766 315,491 848,031 424,390 424,278 112
1973 1,342,452 610,935 731,517 833,453 508,999 444,219 389,234 166,716 342,283 897,104 445,348 445,205 143
1974 1,425,001 643,927 781,074 856,847 568,154 454,706 402,141 189,221 378,933 956,770 468,231 467,950 281

1975
1,505,404 672,938 832,466 891,992 613,412 467,425 424,567 205,513 407,899 1,008,476 496,928 496,604 324
1976 1,577,546 683,825 893,721 904,551 672,995 459,286 445,265 224,539 448,456 1,033,115 544,431 541,064 3,367
1977 1,569,084 698,902 870,182 891,819 677,265 462,038 429,781 236,864 440,401 1,004,013 565,071 561,384 3,687
1978 1,575,693 704,831 870,862 879,931 695,762 458,865 421,066 245,966 449,796 998,608 577,085 573,563 3,522
1979 1,571,922 714,624 857,298 862,754 709,168 456,197 406,557 258,427 450,741 989,991 581,931 578,425 3,506

1980
1,621,840 736,214 885,626 874,197 747,643 462,387 411,810 273,827 473,816 1,015,439 606,401 601,084 5,317
1981 1,617,150 732,182 884,968 866,785 750,365 452,364 414,421 279,818 470,547 998,669 618,481 613,557 4,924
1982 1,600,718 736,813 863,905 860,890 739,828 453,519 407,371 283,294 456,534 983,014 617,704 613,350 4,354
1983 1,618,666 747,016 871,650 865,425 753,241 455,540 409,885 291,476 461,765 985,616 633,050 628,111 4,939
1984 1,623,869 750,735 873,134 856,761 767,108 452,579 404,182 298,156 468,952 983,879 639,990 634,109 5,881

1985
1,650,381 755,629 894,752 856,370 794,011 451,274 405,096 304,355 489,656 1,002,148 648,233 642,795 5,438
1986 1,705,536 767,477 938,059 867,010 838,526 452,717 414,293 314,760 523,766 1,053,177 652,359 644,185 8,174
1987 1,720,407 768,536 951,871 863,599 856,808 447,212 416,387 321,324 535,484 1,054,665 665,742 662,408 3,334
1988 1,738,789 794,340 944,449 864,252 874,537 455,337 408,915 339,003 535,534 1,058,242 680,547 --- ---
1989 1,796,029 820,254 975,775 879,025 917,004 461,596 417,429 358,658 558,346 1,090,221 705,808 --- ---

1990
1,859,531 844,955 1,014,576 904,150 955,381 471,217 432,933 373,738 581,643 1,135,121 724,410 716,820 7,590
1991 1,919,666 893,917 1,025,749 930,841 988,825 493,849 436,992 400,068 588,757 1,161,606 758,060 746,687 11,373
1992 1,949,659 917,676 1,031,983 941,053 1,008,606 502,166 438,887 415,510 593,096 1,168,270 781,389 770,802 10,587
1993 1,980,844 948,136 1,032,708 943,768 1,037,076 508,574 435,194 439,562 597,514 1,177,301 803,543 789,700 13,843
1994 2,016,182 969,070 1,047,112 949,785 1,066,397 513,592 436,193 455,478 610,919 1,188,552 827,630 809,642 17,988

1995
2,030,062 983,534 1,046,528 941,409 1,088,653 510,782 430,627 472,752 615,901 1,188,748 841,314 824,351 16,963
1996 2,040,572 1,004,114 1,036,458 932,153 1,108,419 512,100 420,053 492,014 616,405 1,185,216 855,356 830,238 25,118
1997 2,051,747 1,019,464 1,032,283 927,496 1,124,251 510,845 416,651 508,619 615,632 1,188,640 863,107 837,790 25,317
1998 2,070,030 1,024,627 1,045,403 923,132 1,146,898 505,492 417,640 519,135 627,763 1,187,557 882,473 852,270 30,203
1999 2,110,246 1,049,591 1,060,655 930,930 1,179,316 508,930 422,000 540,661 638,655 1,201,511 908,735 869,739 38,996

2000
2,156,896 1,086,674 1,070,222 943,501 1,213,395 522,847 420,654 563,827 649,568 1,213,464 943,432 896,239 47,193
2001 2,212,377 1,119,862 1,092,515 956,384 1,255,993 531,260 425,124 588,602 667,391 1,247,285 965,092 909,612 55,480
2002 2,354,634 1,212,107 1,142,527 1,009,726 1,344,908 566,930 442,796 645,177 699,731 1,319,138 1,035,496 959,385 76,111
2003 2,431,117 1,280,880 1,150,237 1,032,892 1,398,225 589,190 443,702 691,690 706,535 1,335,595 1,095,522 994,375 101,147
2004 2,491,414 1,325,841 1,165,573 1,047,214 1,444,200 598,727 448,487 727,114 717,086 1,329,532 1,161,882 1,022,319 139,563

2005
2,523,511 1,350,581 1,172,930 1,047,054 1,476,457 602,525 444,529 748,056 728,401 1,324,104 1,199,407 1,036,324 163,083
2006 2,574,639 1,386,189 1,188,450 1,061,067 1,513,572 614,706 446,361 771,483 742,089 1,332,725 1,241,914 1,064,679 177,235
2007 2,644,598 1,428,956 1,215,642 1,088,377 1,556,221 632,619 455,758 796,337 759,884 1,353,150 1,291,448 1,100,932 190,516
2008 2,737,094 1,490,462 1,246,632 1,122,074 1,615,020 656,213 465,861 834,249 780,771 1,380,915 1,356,179 1,125,038 231,141
2009 2,849,415 1,567,080 1,282,335 1,169,777 1,679,638 689,977 479,800 877,103 802,535 1,424,393 1,425,022 1,172,501 252,521

2010
2,937,011 1,630,142 1,306,869 1,209,477 1,727,534 719,408 490,069 910,734 816,800 1,439,171 1,497,840 1,201,489 296,351
2011 2,933,287 1,637,356 1,295,931 1,211,264 1,722,023 722,265 488,999 915,091 806,932 1,421,404 1,511,883 1,207,896 303,987
2012 2,908,840 1,637,312 1,271,528 1,204,068 1,704,772 724,017 480,051 913,295 791,477 1,406,567 1,502,273 1,206,988 295,285
2013 2,900,373 1,657,334 1,243,039 1,201,057 1,699,316 732,112 468,945 925,222 774,094 1,398,556 1,501,817 1,215,927 285,890
2014 2,914,956 1,670,072 1,244,884 1,211,231 1,703,725 742,247 468,984 927,825 775,900 1,410,127 1,504,829 1,225,184 279,645

2015
2,941,531 1,684,482 1,257,049 1,221,565 1,719,966 749,349 472,216 935,133 784,833 1,422,020 1,519,511 1,243,769 275,742
2016 2,972,255 1,695,246 1,277,009 1,221,563 1,750,692 747,288 474,275 947,958 802,734 1,441,861 1,530,394 1,265,214 265,180
2017 3,005,115 1,704,278 1,300,837 1,220,055 1,785,060 740,240 479,815 964,038 821,022 1,459,145 1,545,970 1,289,409 256,561
2018 3,035,042 1,723,177 1,311,865 1,216,466 1,818,576 735,576 480,890 987,601 830,975 1,479,497 1,555,545 1,312,440 243,105
2019 3,072,433 1,746,560 1,325,873 1,214,360 1,858,073 732,706 481,654 1,013,854 844,219 1,499,514 1,572,919 1,340,385 232,534

20201
3,052,000 1,729,000 1,323,000 1,222,000 1,830,000 737,000 485,000 992,000 838,000 1,488,000 1,564,000 --- ---
20211 3,058,000 1,729,000 1,329,000 1,223,000 1,834,000 737,000 487,000 992,000 842,000 1,491,000 1,567,000 --- ---
20221 3,064,000 1,730,000 1,334,000 1,225,000 1,838,000 737,000 488,000 993,000 845,000 1,494,000 1,570,000 --- ---
20231 3,071,000 1,732,000 1,339,000 1,228,000 1,844,000 737,000 491,000 995,000 849,000 1,498,000 1,574,000 --- ---
20241 3,081,000 1,737,000 1,344,000 1,232,000 1,850,000 739,000 493,000 998,000 852,000 1,503,000 1,579,000 --- ---

20251
3,092,000 1,743,000 1,349,000 1,236,000 1,856,000 742,000 494,000 1,001,000 854,000 1,508,000 1,584,000 --- ---
20261 3,104,000 1,750,000 1,354,000 1,241,000 1,863,000 745,000 497,000 1,005,000 858,000 1,514,000 1,590,000 --- ---
20271 3,109,000 1,750,000 1,358,000 1,243,000 1,865,000 745,000 498,000 1,005,000 860,000 1,516,000 1,593,000 --- ---
20281 3,111,000 1,749,000 1,362,000 1,244,000 1,866,000 745,000 499,000 1,004,000 862,000 1,517,000 1,594,000 --- ---
20291 3,112,000 1,747,000 1,365,000 1,245,000 1,867,000 744,000 501,000 1,003,000 865,000 1,518,000 1,594,000 --- ---
---Not available.
1 Projected.
NOTE: Data in this table represent the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data through 1985 include unclassified graduate students. 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. Projections in this table were calculated prior to the coronavirus pandemic and therefore do not take into account the actual or potential impacts of the pandemic. 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 through 1985; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:86-99); IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2020, Fall Enrollment component; and Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Projection Model, 2000 through 2029. (This table was prepared January 2021.)

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