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Table 304.15. Total fall enrollment in public degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, 1970 through 2019
State or jurisdiction 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2014 2016 2017 2018 2019 Percent change, 2014 to 2019
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 14,654,660 14,585,840 14,571,739 14,539,257 14,501,057 -1.0
Alabama 87,884   143,674   195,939   207,435 267,083 246,989 251,038 254,071 255,087 254,803 3.2
Alaska 8,563   20,561   27,792   26,559 32,303 29,892 27,352 25,850 24,649 22,328 -25.3
Arizona 107,315   194,034   248,213   284,522 366,976 354,997 361,400 366,787 367,201 377,648 6.4
Arkansas 43,599   66,068   78,645   101,775 155,780 151,399 149,298 146,578 143,288 141,950 -6.2
California 1,123,529   1,599,838   1,594,710   1,927,771 2,223,163 2,167,818 2,228,592 2,257,256 2,261,432 2,247,228 3.7

Colorado
108,562   145,598   200,653   217,897 269,433 268,041 272,668 278,909 279,495 283,555 5.8
Connecticut 73,391   97,788   109,556   101,027 127,194 122,303 117,345 116,090 114,529 110,665 -9.5
Delaware 21,151   28,325   34,252   34,194 39,935 41,012 41,816 42,321 42,601 42,236 3.0
District of Columbia 12,194   13,900   11,990   5,499 5,840 5,115 4,587 4,529 4,500 4,452 -13.0
Florida 189,450   334,349   489,081   556,912 790,027 795,628 797,048 798,045 800,715 797,952 0.3

Georgia
101,900   140,158   196,413   271,755 436,047 413,711 422,159 428,586 435,744 444,793 7.5
Hawaii 32,963   43,269   45,728   44,579 60,090 57,052 53,418 51,674 51,063 49,977 -12.4
Idaho 27,072   34,491   41,315   53,751 64,204 76,806 74,667 75,792 77,128 78,824 2.6
Illinois 315,634   491,274   551,333   534,155 585,515 529,462 492,578 478,042 465,229 452,464 -14.5
Indiana 136,739   189,224   223,953   240,023 337,705 328,442 319,581 301,562 296,140 332,650 1.3

Iowa
68,390   97,454   117,834   135,008 177,781 169,896 171,075 170,262 199,231 163,912 -3.5
Kansas 88,215   121,987   149,117   159,976 185,623 183,084 180,170 179,624 179,600 177,220 -3.2
Kentucky 77,240   114,884   147,095   151,973 229,725 213,043 205,431 202,266 199,739 199,614 -6.3
Louisiana 101,127   136,703   158,290   189,213 224,811 210,943 208,254 210,166 210,700 212,960 1.0
Maine 25,405   31,878   41,500   40,662 50,903 48,354 47,763 46,999 48,332 48,307 -0.1

Maryland
118,988   195,051   220,783   223,797 309,779 305,156 306,892 303,614 301,957 294,789 -3.4
Massachusetts 116,127   183,765   186,035   183,248 224,542 226,213 218,465 213,388 208,134 202,793 -10.4
Michigan 339,625   454,147   487,359   467,861 562,448 514,712 492,771 478,735 466,491 454,948 -11.6
Minnesota 130,567   162,379   199,211   218,617 276,176 259,695 253,239 249,385 245,391 241,752 -6.9
Mississippi 64,968   90,661   109,038   125,355 161,493 152,092 153,082 152,392 150,583 148,360 -2.5

Missouri
132,540   165,179   200,093   201,509 256,030 252,980 244,921 237,454 232,040 226,010 -10.7
Montana 27,287   31,178   31,865   37,387 48,231 47,024 46,262 46,002 44,925 44,416 -5.5
Nebraska 51,454   73,509   94,614   88,531 107,979 99,821 101,032 101,038 100,594 99,502 -0.3
Nevada 13,576   40,280   61,242   83,120 113,103 106,028 106,196 107,864 108,658 110,560 4.3
New Hampshire 15,979   24,119   32,163   35,870 44,077 42,904 41,170 39,761 38,742 37,221 -13.2

New Jersey
145,373   247,028   261,601   266,921 358,256 351,357 337,099 334,597 329,037 327,207 -6.9
New Mexico 40,795   55,077   83,403   101,450 150,844 138,311 129,038 125,381 120,293 118,116 -14.6
New York 449,437   563,251   616,884   583,417 723,500 721,850 700,875 697,458 690,268 678,392 -6.0
North Carolina 123,761   228,154   285,405   329,422 475,064 455,100 450,080 454,998 455,694 462,970 1.7
North Dakota 30,192   31,709   34,690   36,014 48,904 48,292 47,964 47,574 46,531 45,590 -5.6

Ohio
281,099   381,765   427,613   411,161 547,551 510,244 501,146 497,409 495,586 511,858 0.3
Oklahoma 91,438   137,188   151,073   153,699 197,641 182,449 177,629 174,239 170,979 167,949 -7.9
Oregon 108,483   140,102   144,427   154,756 208,001 201,645 197,819 192,402 191,943 189,901 -5.8
Pennsylvania 232,982   292,499   343,478   339,229 432,923 413,591 406,346 401,045 392,771 389,298 -5.9
Rhode Island 25,527   35,052   42,350   38,458 43,224 42,765 41,369 41,018 40,082 39,763 -7.0

South Carolina
47,101   107,683   131,134   155,519 205,080 205,756 200,295 200,622 196,525 197,809 -3.9
South Dakota 23,936   24,328   26,596   34,857 44,569 44,132 44,305 44,630 43,871 43,468 -1.5
Tennessee 98,897   156,835   175,049   202,530 242,486 224,033 221,288 223,179 225,298 226,346 1.0
Texas 365,522   613,552   802,314   896,534 1,334,110 1,365,664 1,423,205 1,448,398 1,467,033 1,480,149 8.4
Utah 49,588   59,598   86,108   123,046 179,061 167,716 175,308 180,034 183,949 189,351 12.9

Vermont
12,536   17,984   20,910   20,021 27,524 25,643 25,736 25,300 25,197 25,131 -2.0
Virginia 123,279   246,500   291,286   313,780 409,004 399,359 389,446 389,251 384,879 384,393 -3.7
Washington 162,718   276,028   227,632   273,928 330,853 312,523 315,356 318,336 318,625 315,652 1.0
West Virginia 51,363   71,228   74,108   76,136 96,104 87,842 85,099 83,898 81,605 81,795 -6.9
Wisconsin 170,374   235,179   253,529   249,737 301,259 286,726 278,300 279,097 277,178 274,517 -4.3
Wyoming 15,220   21,121   30,623   28,715 36,292 34,316 32,802 32,550 32,472 32,120 -6.4

U.S. Service Academies
17,079 1 49,808 1 48,692 1 13,475 15,925 14,734 15,065 15,281 15,523 15,393 4

    Other jurisdictions
46,680   60,692   66,244   84,464 83,719 77,716 81,479 37,419 72,399 68,841 -11.4
American Samoa 0   976   1,219   297 2,193 1,276 1,253 1,095 1,037 1,035 -18.9
Federated States of
    Micronesia
0   224   975   1,576 2,699 2,344 2,090 2,022 1,931 1,903 -18.8
Guam 2,719   3,217   4,741   5,215 6,103 6,416 6,017 5,972 5,826 5,363 -16.4
Marshall Islands 0   0   0   328 869 1,087 978 1,032 1,119 985 -9.4
Northern Marianas 0   0   661   1,078 1,137 1,186 1,038 1,216 1,194 1,253 5.6
Palau 0   0   491   581 694 604 587 532 497 444 -26.5
Puerto Rico 42,516   54,127   55,691   73,121 67,291 62,523 67,146 23,380 58,811 55,774 -10.8
U.S. Virgin Islands 1,445   2,148   2,466   2,268 2,733 2,280 2,370 2,170 1,984 2,084 -8.6
1 Data prior to 2000 included other Department of Defense institutions, such as the Community College of the Air Force and the Naval Postgraduate School.
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 2020, Fall Enrollment component. (This table was prepared February 2021.)

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