Ten-Year Percentage Increase in Total Public Enrollment by State

Total full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment in public colleges and universities in the United States increased by 11% between 2006 and 2016—from 9.4 million to 10.4 million. However, changes across states ranged from declines of 10% in Illinois and 5% in Alaska to increases of 24% in Oregon and 25% in Texas.

Figure 22A: Percentage Change in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment in Public Institutions by State, Fall 2006 to Fall 2016

Notes & Sources 

SOURCES: NCES, IPEDS Fall Enrollment data, 2006 and 2016; calculations by the authors.

  • Between 2006 and 2016, enrollment increased by 20% or more in six states and declined in six states.