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Enrollment in Educational Institutions, 1869?2020

Find below the number of students enrolled in U.S. educational institutions, in thousands.

YearPublic elementary and
secondary schools
Private elementary and
secondary schools1
Degree-granting institutions2
TotalPre-K
through
grade 8
Grades 9
through 12
TotalPre-K
through
grade 8
Grades 9
through 12
TotalPublicPrivate
1869?706,8726,79280???52??
1879?809,8689,757110???116??
1889?9012,72312,5202031,6111,51695157??
1899?190015,50314,9845191,3521,241111238??
1909?1017,81416,8999151,5581,441117355??
1919?2021,57819,3782,2001,6991,486214598??
1929?3025,67821,2794,3992,6512,3103411,101??
1939?4025,43418,8326,6012,6112,1534581,494797698
1949?5025,11119,3875,7253,3802,7086722,6591,3551,304
Fall 195935,18226,9118,2715,6754,6401,0353,6402,1811,459
Fall 196945,55032,51313,0375,50034,20031,30038,0055,8972,108
Fall 197045,89432,55813,3365,3634,0521,3118,5816,4282,153
Fall 198040,87727,64713,2315,3313,9921,33912,0979,4572,640
Fall 198539,42227,03412,3885,5574,1951,36212,2479,4792,768
Fall 199041,21729,87811,3385,2344,0841,15013,81910,8452,974
Fall 199544,84032,34112,5005,6624,4651,19714,26211,0923,169
Fall 200047,20433,68813,5156,15544,86841,287415,31211,7533,560
Fall 200549,11334,20414,9096,0734,7241,34917,48713,0224,466
Fall 201049,48434,62514,8605,3824,0841,29921,01915,1425,877
Fall 201550,09435,18214,9124,8993,7441,15520,23414,6465,588
Fall 202050,70035,50015,2005,8004,5001,30017,49112,8424,618
NOTE: Elementary and secondary enrollment excludes home-schooled children. Based on the National Household Education Survey, there were approximately 850,000 home-schooled children in spring 1999.
1. Beginning in fall 1980, data include estimates for an expanded universe of private schools. Direct comparisons with earlier years should be avoided.
2. Two- and four-year institutions eligible to participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics.

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