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Table 174. -  Total fall enrollment in institutions of higher education, by attendance status, sex, and age: 1970 to 2008 [In thousands]
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       Sex and age       | 1970 | 1975  | 1980  |  1990 |  1993 |  1994 |  1995 |  1996 |  1997 |  1998 |  1999 |  2000 |  2008
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Men and women, total ....|8,581 |11,185 |12,097 |13,819 |14,305 |14,279 |14,262 |14,300 |14,350 |14,590 |14,758 |14,889 |16,083
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  14 to 17 years old.....|  259 |   278 |   247 |   177 |   127 |   138 |   148 |   229 |   187 |   201 |   202 |   209 |   252
  18 and 19 years old ...|2,600 | 2,786 | 2,901 | 2,950 | 2,840 | 2,787 | 2,894 | 3,004 | 3,089 | 3,247 | 3,347 | 3,390 | 3,842
  20 and 21 years old ...|1,880 | 2,243 | 2,424 | 2,761 | 2,674 | 2,724 | 2,705 | 2,643 | 2,644 | 2,720 | 2,778 | 2,890 | 3,228
  22 to 24 years old ....|1,457 | 1,753 | 1,989 | 2,144 | 2,570 | 2,482 | 2,411 | 2,316 | 2,138 | 2,115 | 2,150 | 2,171 | 2,535
  25 to 29 years old ....|1,074 | 1,774 | 1,871 | 1,982 | 2,002 | 1,985 | 2,120 | 2,124 | 2,028 | 1,994 | 1,946 | 1,895 | 2,130
  30 to 34 years old ....|  487 |   967 | 1,243 | 1,322 | 1,345 | 1,414 | 1,236 | 1,194 | 1,249 | 1,247 | 1,242 | 1,245 | 1,236
  35 years old and over .|  823 | 1,383 | 1,421 | 2,484 | 2,747 | 2,750 | 2,747 | 2,790 | 3,014 | 3,066 | 3,091 | 3,089 | 2,861
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  Men ...................|5,044 | 6,149 | 5,874 | 6,284 | 6,427 | 6,372 | 6,343 | 6,344 | 6,239 | 6,324 | 6,383 | 6,442 | 6,906
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  14 to 17 years old.....|  130 |   126 |    99 |    87 |    54 |    62 |    61 |    92 |    88 |    98 |    94 |    99 |   110
  18 and 19 years old ...|1,349 | 1,397 | 1,375 | 1,421 | 1,288 | 1,302 | 1,338 | 1,342 | 1,374 | 1,434 | 1,474 | 1,492 | 1,667
  20 and 21 years old ...|1,095 | 1,245 | 1,259 | 1,368 | 1,284 | 1,264 | 1,282 | 1,224 | 1,215 | 1,246 | 1,271 | 1,323 | 1,456
  22 to 24 years old ....|  964 | 1,047 | 1,064 | 1,107 | 1,344 | 1,238 | 1,153 | 1,175 | 1,038 | 1,030 | 1,050 | 1,063 | 1,227
  25 to 29 years old ....|  783 | 1,122 |   993 |   940 |   903 |   936 |   962 |   993 |   954 |   942 |   922 |   899 | 1,001
  30 to 34 years old ....|  308 |   557 |   576 |   537 |   584 |   601 |   561 |   480 |   561 |   555 |   550 |   548 |   523
  35 years old and over .|  415 |   654 |   507 |   824 |   970 |   969 |   986 | 1,039 | 1,009 | 1,019 | 1,022 | 1,019 |   922
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  Women ................ |3,537 | 5,036 | 6,223 | 7,535 | 7,877 | 7,907 | 7,919 | 7,956 | 8,111 | 8,266 | 8,375 | 8,447 | 9,177
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  14 to 17 years old.....|  129 |   152 |   148 |    90 |    73 |    75 |    87 |   137 |    99 |   103 |   108 |   110 |   142
  18 and 19 years old ...|1,250 | 1,389 | 1,526 | 1,529 | 1,552 | 1,485 | 1,557 | 1,662 | 1,715 | 1,813 | 1,872 | 1,898 | 2,176
  20 and 21 years old ...|  786 |   998 | 1,165 | 1,392 | 1,391 | 1,461 | 1,424 | 1,419 | 1,429 | 1,474 | 1,507 | 1,567 | 1,772
  22 to 24 years old ....|  493 |   706 |   925 | 1,037 | 1,226 | 1,243 | 1,258 | 1,141 | 1,101 | 1,085 | 1,101 | 1,108 | 1,307
  25 to 29 years old ....|  291 |   652 |   878 | 1,043 | 1,098 | 1,049 | 1,159 | 1,131 | 1,075 | 1,052 | 1,025 |   996 | 1,128
  30 to 34 years old ....|  179 |   410 |   667 |   784 |   761 |   812 |   675 |   714 |   688 |   692 |   693 |   697 |   712
  35 years old and over .|  409 |   729 |   914 | 1,659 | 1,777 | 1,781 | 1,760 | 1,752 | 2,004 | 2,047 | 2,069 | 2,070 | 1,939
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   Full-time ............|5,816 | 6,841 | 7,098 | 7,821 | 8,128 | 8,138 | 8,129 | 8,213 | 8,091 | 8,280 | 8,426 | 8,543 | 9,562
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  14 to 17 years old.....|  242 |   253 |   223 |   144 |    92 |   118 |   123 |   164 |   160 |   166 |   173 |   176 |   216
  18 and 19 years old ...|2,406 | 2,619 | 2,669 | 2,548 | 2,370 | 2,321 | 2,387 | 2,516 | 2,649 | 2,799 | 2,892 | 2,933 | 3,341
  20 and 21 years old ...|1,647 | 1,910 | 2,075 | 2,151 | 2,148 | 2,178 | 2,109 | 2,098 | 2,112 | 2,185 | 2,239 | 2,334 | 2,625
  22 to 24 years old ....|  881 |   924 | 1,121 | 1,350 | 1,612 | 1,551 | 1,517 | 1,586 | 1,344 | 1,329 | 1,351 | 1,363 | 1,599
  25 to 29 years old ....|  407 |   630 |   577 |   770 |   839 |   869 |   908 |   902 |   827 |   803 |   777 |   751 |   845
  30 to 34 years old ....|  100 |   264 |   251 |   387 |   424 |   440 |   430 |   379 |   404 |   399 |   393 |   389 |   375
  35 years old and over .|  134 |   241 |   182 |   471 |   643 |   660 |   653 |   568 |   595 |   600 |   601 |   597 |   561
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    Men .................|3,505 | 3,927 | 3,689 | 3,808 | 3,891 | 3,855 | 3,807 | 3,816 | 3,667 | 3,718 | 3,768 | 3,816 | 4,182
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  14 to 17 years old.....|  124 |   114 |    87 |    71 |    37 |    51 |    54 |    71 |    77 |    78 |    80 |    80 |    91
  18 and 19 years old ...|1,265 | 1,329 | 1,270 | 1,230 | 1,079 | 1,081 | 1,091 | 1,111 | 1,167 | 1,223 | 1,260 | 1,277 | 1,427
  20 and 21 years old ...|  990 | 1,074 | 1,109 | 1,055 | 1,003 | 1,029 |   999 |   961 |   956 |   984 | 1,006 | 1,049 | 1,155
  22 to 24 years old ....|  650 |   633 |   665 |   742 |   896 |   811 |   789 |   853 |   679 |   670 |   680 |   687 |   790
  25 to 29 years old ....|  327 |   445 |   360 |   401 |   443 |   457 |   454 |   440 |   414 |   401 |   387 |   375 |   411
  30 to 34 years old ....|   72 |   181 |   124 |   156 |   180 |   193 |   183 |   143 |   171 |   166 |   163 |   161 |   149
  35 years old and over .|   75 |   149 |    74 |   152 |   253 |   232 |   238 |   237 |   205 |   197 |   191 |   186 |   159
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    Women ...............|2,311 | 2,915 | 3,409 | 4,013 | 4,237 | 4,283 | 4,321 | 4,398 | 4,424 | 4,562 | 4,658 | 4,727 | 5,380
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  14 to 17 years old.....|  117 |   138 |   136 |    73 |    55 |    67 |    69 |    93 |    84 |    88 |    93 |    95 |   125
  18 and 19 years old ...|1,140 | 1,290 | 1,399 | 1,318 | 1,291 | 1,240 | 1,296 | 1,405 | 1,482 | 1,576 | 1,632 | 1,657 | 1,914
  20 and 21 years old ...|  657 |   835 |   966 | 1,096 | 1,145 | 1,149 | 1,111 | 1,137 | 1,156 | 1,201 | 1,233 | 1,285 | 1,469
  22 to 24 years old ....|  231 |   291 |   456 |   608 |   716 |   740 |   729 |   734 |   665 |   660 |   671 |   675 |   810
  25 to 29 years old ....|   80 |   185 |   217 |   369 |   396 |   412 |   455 |   462 |   413 |   402 |   389 |   376 |   434
  30 to 34 years old ....|   28 |    83 |   127 |   231 |   244 |   247 |   247 |   236 |   234 |   232 |   230 |   228 |   226
  35 years old and over .|   59 |    92 |   108 |   319 |   390 |   428 |   415 |   331 |   390 |   403 |   410 |   411 |   402
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   Part-time ............|2,765 | 4,344 | 4,998 | 5,998 | 6,177 | 6,141 | 6,133 | 6,087 | 6,259 | 6,310 | 6,332 | 6,346 | 6,520
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  14 to 17 years old.....|   17 |    42 |    38 |    32 |    35 |    19 |    25 |    65 |    27 |    35 |    29 |    33 |    36
  18 and 19 years old ...|  194 |   340 |   418 |   402 |   470 |   466 |   507 |   488 |   440 |   448 |   454 |   456 |   501
  20 and 21 years old ...|  233 |   447 |   441 |   610 |   526 |   546 |   596 |   544 |   533 |   535 |   539 |   557 |   603
  22 to 24 years old ....|  576 |   717 |   844 |   794 |   958 |   930 |   894 |   729 |   794 |   786 |   799 |   808 |   935
  25 to 29 years old ....|  668 | 1,032 | 1,209 | 1,213 | 1,163 | 1,116 | 1,212 | 1,222 | 1,201 | 1,191 | 1,170 | 1,144 | 1,285
  30 to 34 years old ....|  388 |   670 |   905 |   935 |   921 |   973 |   805 |   815 |   845 |   849 |   850 |   856 |   860
  35 years old and over .|  689 | 1,098 | 1,145 | 2,012 | 2,104 | 2,091 | 2,093 | 2,222 | 2,419 | 2,466 | 2,490 | 2,491 | 2,300
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    Men .................|1,540 | 2,222 | 2,185 | 2,476 | 2,537 | 2,517 | 2,535 | 2,528 | 2,572 | 2,606 | 2,615 | 2,626 | 2,724
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  14 to 17 years old.....|    5 |    18 |    17 |    16 |    17 |    11 |     7 |    21 |    12 |    20 |    14 |    18 |    19
  18 and 19 years old ...|   84 |   153 |   202 |   191 |   210 |   220 |   246 |   231 |   207 |   211 |   214 |   215 |   239
  20 and 21 years old ...|  105 |   219 |   201 |   313 |   281 |   235 |   283 |   263 |   260 |   263 |   265 |   274 |   300
  22 to 24 years old ....|  314 |   358 |   392 |   365 |   448 |   427 |   365 |   323 |   359 |   360 |   370 |   375 |   438
  25 to 29 years old ....|  456 |   631 |   594 |   539 |   460 |   479 |   508 |   553 |   540 |   541 |   534 |   524 |   590
  30 to 34 years old ....|  236 |   361 |   397 |   381 |   404 |   408 |   378 |   337 |   390 |   389 |   387 |   387 |   374
  35 years old and over .|  340 |   486 |   382 |   672 |   717 |   737 |   748 |   801 |   805 |   822 |   831 |   833 |   763
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    Women ...............|1,225 | 2,121 | 2,814 | 3,521 | 3,640 | 3,624 | 3,598 | 3,558 | 3,687 | 3,704 | 3,717 | 3,720 | 3,797
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  14 to 17 years old.....|   12 |    24 |    20 |    17 |    18 |     8 |    18 |    45 |    15 |    15 |    15 |    15 |    17
  18 and 19 years old ...|  110 |   188 |   215 |   211 |   261 |   245 |   261 |   257 |   233 |   237 |   240 |   241 |   262
  20 and 21 years old ...|  128 |   228 |   240 |   297 |   245 |   311 |   313 |   282 |   273 |   273 |   274 |   283 |   303
  22 to 24 years old ....|  262 |   359 |   452 |   429 |   510 |   504 |   529 |   407 |   436 |   425 |   430 |   433 |   497
  25 to 29 years old ....|  212 |   401 |   616 |   674 |   702 |   637 |   704 |   669 |   661 |   650 |   636 |   620 |   695
  30 to 34 years old ....|  151 |   309 |   507 |   554 |   517 |   565 |   427 |   478 |   455 |   460 |   463 |   469 |   487
  35 years old and over .|  349 |   612 |   762 | 1,340 | 1,386 | 1,354 | 1,345 | 1,421 | 1,614 | 1,644 | 1,659 | 1,659 | 1,537
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NOTE.--Distributions by age are estimates based on samples of the civilian noninstitutional population. Because of rounding, details may not add to totals. Historical numbers may differ from those in previous editions.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall Enrollment in Institutions of Higher Education; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment" surveys; Projections of Education Statistics to 2008; and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Social and Economic Characteristics of Students, various years. (This table was prepared September 1998.)


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