List of the largest United States colleges and universities by enrollment

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The ten largest colleges and universities by enrollment in the United States.
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This is a list of the largest United States colleges and universities by enrollment for colleges and universities in the United States.

What this list includes:

  • Colleges and universities within the United States
  • University systems if the system is run under a single administration
  • Enrollment is the sum of the headcount of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Enrollment is counted by the Integrated Post-secondary Education System within the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Enrollment is the 12-month unduplicated headcount, indicating the number of unique students who attended the university during the year.

What this list does not include:

  • Any indication of how many of the enrolled students are full or part-time (e.g., some universities may have a high enrollment, but have most students enrolled in only a single class)
  • The Pennsylvania State University System, which had 98,097 students, in 2013.

For other lists that measure university enrollment, see the see Also section below.


The United States Department of Education's Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System contains information on all 7,316 officially-recognized institutions of higher education in the United States. The following is a list of the thirty largest institutions of higher education by Fall 2013 enrollment, meaning it is the number of unique individuals who were enrolled in at least one class on the 21st day of the Fall 2013 semester. Whether a system of individual campuses is counted as one or multiple institutions depends on how that institution is accredited and chartered. All data can be verified on the IPEDS system website.[1]

U.S. Department of Education Fall 2013 Enrollment[2]
Ranking College Classification Location Enrollment
1 University of Phoenix Private  Arizona 442,033
2 Ivy Tech Community College Public  Indiana 175,313
3 Ashford University Private  Iowa 169,843
4 American Public University System Private  West Virginia 110,644
5 Miami Dade College Public  Florida 100,855
6 Lone Star College System Public  Texas 98,313
7 Liberty University Private  Virginia 95,639
8 Houston Community College Public  Texas 93,625
9 Arizona State University Public  Arizona 81,789
10 Kaplan University Private  Iowa 77,566
11 Northern Virginia Community College Public  Virginia 76,552
12 Walden University Private  Minnesota 75,895
13 Tarrant County College District Public  Texas 75,547
14 Grand Canyon University Private  Arizona 71,712
15 Austin Community College District Public  Texas 70,452
16 University of Central Florida Public  Florida 69,086
17 Ohio State University Public  Ohio 64,930
18 University of Maryland Public  Maryland 64,737
19 University of Minnesota Public  Minnesota 63,929
20 Broward College Public  Florida 62,796
21 Florida International University Public  Florida 60,592
22 Valencia College Public  Florida 60,469
23 University of Florida Public  Florida 56,683
24 East Los Angeles College Public  California 56,395
25 College of Southern Nevada Public  Nevada 56,364
26 Rio Salado College Public  Arizona 56,031
27 Capella University Private  Minnesota 56,009
28 Portland Community College Public  Oregon 55,558
29 University of Texas at Austin Public  Texas 55,469
30 Texas A&M University Public  Texas 53,966

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IPEDS Datacenter US Department of Education. Data can be obtained by "comparing institutions on a single variable," and then choosing to compare ALL US INSTITUTIONS by Fall 2012 enrollment.
  2. ^ IPEDS Datacenter

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