U.S. College Enrollment

Summary: Number of total, full- and part-time students by gender, ethnicity, and level of study

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This database provides the number of total, full- and part-time students by demographic (i.e., gender, ethnicity) category, and level or type of study (i.e., graduate, undergraduate, part-time, etc.) in U.S. colleges and universities. Colleges are organized by type, such as public or private, two- or four-year, and when applicable, non-profit or for-profit.  Data are updated initially for level or type of study for:

  • All students total
  • All students, Undergraduate total
  • All students, Undergraduate, Degree/certificate-seeking, First-time.

Data for additional level or type of study are updated in subsequent years.  Data are not available for all possible combinations of student demographic and college type categories.  Years refer to the fall quarter or semester of a traditional academic year.  


The most recent update indicates substantial enrollment increases in some cases since 2019, possibly as a result of the COVID pandemic.  We have verified these increases in the original data files from the National Center for Education Statistics, the source for these data.


Geographic Coverage: States, City or Other Local Government

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 2003 - 2021

Source (APA): RAND State Statistics. (2022, December 17). U.S. College Enrollment.
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Derived From: National Center for Education Statistics

Updated:  Dec. 17, 2022 Estimated next update: Sep. 15, 2023

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