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 12% between 2005 and 2015—from 9.2 million to almost 10.5 million. However, changes across states ranged from declines of 7% in Illinois and 2% in Maine to increases of 23% in Oregon and Texas.

Figure 19A: Percentage Change in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment in Public Institutions by State, Fall 2005 to Fall 2015

Figure 19A represents Percentage Change in Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment in Public Institutions by State, Fall 2005 to Fall 2015. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet.

Notes & Sources 

SOURCES: NCES, IPEDS Fall Enrollment data 2005 and 2015; calculations by the authors.

  • Between 2005 and 2015, enrollment increased by more than the national average of 12% in 21 states and declined in four states.