EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — October 5, 2016

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Actual and projected numbers for total first-time freshmen fall enrollment in all degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by sex: Fall 1999 through fall 2024


By the year 2024, first-time, freshman enrollment is expected to reach 3,351,000 students, an increase of 13 percent from a decade previously, equivalent to 393,000 students. Women are projected to continue to enroll

at higher rates than men, illustrated by a 15 percent increase compared to 12 percent for men. In 2014, 46 percent of first-time freshman undergraduates were male. In 2024, that percentage will drop slightly to 45 percent.



SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) “Fall Enrollment Survey” (IPEDS-EF:99); IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2014, Enrollment component; Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Projection Model, 1980 through 2024; and First-Time Freshmen Projection Model, 1975 through 2024.