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)
  • Any indication of how many students are online-only.

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]
Rank College Classification Location Enrollment
1 State University of New York System Public New York 467,991
2 University of Phoenix Private Arizona 442,033
3 Ivy Tech Community College Public Indiana 175,313
4 Ashford University Private Iowa 169,843
5 American Public University System Private West Virginia 110,644
6 Miami Dade College Public Florida 100,855
7 Lone Star College System Public Texas 98,313
8 Liberty University Private Virginia 95,639
9 The Pennsylvania State University Public Pennsylvania 94,441
10 Houston Community College System Public Texas 93,625
11 Arizona State University Public Arizona 81,789
12 Kaplan University Private Iowa 77,566
13 Northern Virginia Community College Public Virginia 76,552
14 Walden University Private Minnesota 75,895
15 Tarrant County College District Public Texas 75,547
16 Grand Canyon University Private Arizona 71,712
17 Austin Community College District Public Texas 70,452
18 University of Central Florida Public Florida 69,086
19 Ohio State University Public Ohio 64,930
20 University of Maryland Public Maryland 64,737
21 University of Minnesota Public Minnesota 63,929
22 Broward College Public Florida 62,796
23 Florida International University Public Florida 60,592
24 Valencia College Public Florida 60,469
25 University of Florida Public Florida 56,683
26 East Los Angeles College Public California 56,395
27 College of Southern Nevada Public Nevada 56,364
28 Rio Salado College Public Arizona 56,031
29 Capella University Private Minnesota 56,009
30 Portland Community College Public Oregon 55,558

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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