EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — December 9, 2016

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Enrollment at US Institutions of Higher Education, 1965 to 2025


In 2015, total enrollment at US degree-granting institutions of higher education reached slightly over 20 million students, of whom 62 percent where full-time status. This is an increase of 71 percent, or 14 million students since 1965. In that year, 69 percent of students were full-time status.

By 2025, total enrollment in higher education is expected to approach 23,290,000 students, a 15 percent increase, or an average of 3 percent per year. The full-time share of students is expected to drop to 61 percent.


SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Biennial Survey of Education in the United States; Opening Fall Enrollment in Higher Education, 1963 through 1965; Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities" surveys, 1966 through 1985; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey" (IPEDS-EF:86-99); IPEDS Spring 2001 through Spring 2015, Fall Enrollment component; and Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions Projection Model, 1980 through 2025. (This table was prepared February 2016.)