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Projections of Education Statistics to 2021

NCES 2013-008
January 2013


Table 21.  Actual and projected numbers for total enrollment in all postsecondary degree-granting institutions, by age group, sex, and attendance status: Fall 1996 through fall 2021 Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4)
[In thousands]
Age group, sex, and attendance status Actual   Projected
2009 2010   2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Part-time, total 7,705 7,934   8,111 8,227 8,347 8,480 8,600 8,734 8,890 9,055 9,193 9,307 9,392
14 to 17 years old 43 46   45 45 45 45 46 46 48 49 49 50 51
18 and 19 years old 706 739   714 709 705 705 703 703 711 723 741 759 762
20 and 21 years old 853 919   963 962 957 951 948 950 949 949 958 971 995
22 to 24 years old 1,096 1,112   1,115 1,151 1,182 1,203 1,207 1,206 1,208 1,211 1,210 1,209 1,210
25 to 29 years old 1,524 1,542   1,580 1,604 1,634 1,676 1,726 1,775 1,821 1,856 1,869 1,864 1,850
30 to 34 years old 988 991   1,012 1,047 1,077 1,103 1,124 1,144 1,168 1,196 1,223 1,250 1,270
35 years old and over 2,496 2,584   2,680 2,709 2,747 2,797 2,847 2,910 2,986 3,071 3,143 3,204 3,256
Men 3,099 3,208   3,299 3,332 3,356 3,370 3,379 3,398 3,429 3,468 3,500 3,525 3,550
14 to 17 years old 29 33   32 32 32 32 32 32 33 34 34 35 35
18 and 19 years old 305 323   316 315 311 309 306 304 306 310 317 323 325
20 and 21 years old 416 434   473 470 465 459 455 452 449 447 450 455 465
22 to 24 years old 453 489   488 502 512 516 513 508 505 504 501 498 497
25 to 29 years old 691 672   722 729 736 746 760 775 789 799 801 795 788
30 to 34 years old 382 393   397 408 417 422 424 428 432 439 446 454 460
35 years old and over 823 864   872 877 882 886 890 899 915 935 952 966 980
Women 4,606 4,726   4,812 4,895 4,991 5,111 5,221 5,336 5,461 5,588 5,693 5,782 5,843
14 to 17 years old 14 13   13 13 13 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 16
18 and 19 years old 401 416   399 395 394 396 397 399 405 413 424 436 438
20 and 21 years old 437 485   491 492 492 492 494 498 500 502 508 517 530
22 to 24 years old 643 623   628 650 670 687 694 698 703 707 709 711 712
25 to 29 years old 833 871   858 875 898 930 965 1,000 1,032 1,057 1,068 1,069 1,062
30 to 34 years old 606 598   615 639 660 682 699 716 736 757 777 796 809
35 years old and over 1,673 1,720   1,807 1,831 1,865 1,911 1,958 2,011 2,071 2,136 2,191 2,238 2,276
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Data by age are based on the distribution by age from the Census Bureau. For additional information see section A.4 in appendix A. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), “Fall Enrollment Survey” (IPEDS-EF:96–99); IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2011, Enrollment component; Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Model, 1980–2010; and U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, "Social and Economic Characteristics of Students," various years. (This table was prepared January 2012.)