List of largest universities and university networks by enrollment

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This list of largest universities by enrollment in the world includes total active enrollment across all campuses, as well as off-campus study. The enrollment numbers listed are the sum of undergraduate and graduate students in active enrollment. The universities included below confer degrees of bachelor-level or higher, and either share a central board of governance and a single chancellor or president, or confer degrees with the same institution name.

Many of these universities, particularly those in the United States, are actually systems of separate university campuses, and may not accurately represent a comparable student body. For example, the enrollment listed for the University of California is the population of the entire student body in the University of California system, which is composed of several individual campuses statewide. All University of California campuses are entitled "University of California" and then denoted further by the campus location, such as "University of California, Irvine". Other states organize their public universities differently in ways that further complicate any direct comparisons.

Rank Institution Location Continent Founded Affiliation Distance / In-Person[a] Enrollment Ref
1 IndiaIndira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi, India Asia 1985 Public Distance/In-Person 7,140,000+ [1]

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2 Pakistan Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, ICT, Pakistan Asia 1974 Public Distance 3,305,948[citation needed]
3 United States California Community Colleges System California, United States North America 1967 Public In-Person 2,133,846 [4]
4 Bangladesh National University, Bangladesh Gazipur, Bangladesh Asia 1992 Public In-Person 2,097,182 [5]
5 Turkey Anadolu University Eskisehir, Turkey Asia 1958 Public Distance/In-Person 1,974,343 [6]
6 Iran Islamic Azad University Iran Asia 1982 Private In-Person 1,000,000 [7][8][9]
7 United States Laureate Education, Inc. International Global 1999 Private Distance/In-Person 875,000 [10]
8 Bangladesh Bangladesh Open University Gazipur, Bangladesh Asia 1992 Public Distance 650,000 [11]
9 Indonesia Universitas Terbuka Jakarta, Indonesia Asia 1984 Public Distance 646,467 [12]
10 Mexico National Technological Institute of Mexico Mexico North America 1948 and 2014 Public In-Person 620,000 (2019)
11 United States State University of New York system New York, United States North America 1948 Public In-Person 606,232 [13]
12 Nepal Tribhuvan University Kirtipur, Nepal Asia 1959 Public In-Person 604,437 [14]
13 India Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India Asia 1965 Public In-Person 560,000[citation needed]
14 India University of Mumbai Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Asia 1857 Public In-Person 549,432 [15]
15 Thailand Ramkhamhaeng University Bangkok, Thailand Asia 1971 Public In-Person 525,000 [16]
16 India Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune, Maharashtra, India Asia 1948 Public In-Person 500,000 [17]
17 United States California State University system California, United States North America 1857 Public In-Person 479,000 [18]
18 United States University System of Ohio Ohio, United States North America 2007 Public In-Person 478,000 [19]
19 Pakistan University of the Punjab Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Asia 1882 Public In-Person 450,000 [20]
20 India Dr. B R Ambedkar Open University Telangana, India Asia 1982 Public Distance 450,000 [21]
21 South Africa University of South Africa Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa Africa 1873 Public Distance 420 000 [22]
22 India University of Delhi Delhi, India Asia 1922 Public In-Person 400,000 [23]
23 Iran Payame Noor University Iran Asia 1987 Public Distance/In-Person 400,000 [24]
24 India Sikkim Manipal University Sikkim, India Asia 1995 Private In-Person 390,000 [25]
25 United States Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Minnesota, United States North America 1995 Public In-Person 375,000 [26]
26 Mexico National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico North America 1551 Public In-Person 356,530 [27][28]
27 United States University System of Georgia Georgia, United States North America 1931 Public In-Person 318,027 [29]
28 Argentina University of Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina South America 1821 Public In-Person 316,050 [30][31]
29 Romania Spiru Haret University Bucharest, Romania Europe 1991 Private In-Person 311,928 [32]
30 United States State University System of Florida Florida, United States North America 1954 Public In-Person 358,522 [33]
31 India Osmania University Hyderabad, Telangana, India Asia 1918 Public In-Person 300,000 [34]
32 United States City University of New York New York, United States North America 1961 Public In-Person 274,357 [35]
33 Spain National University of Distance Education Spain Europe 1972 Public Distance/In-Person 260,079 [36][37]
34 India Rajiv Gandhi Technical University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India Asia 1998 Public In-Person 260,000 [38]
35 Egypt Cairo University Giza, Egypt Africa 1908 Public In-Person 257,200 [39]
36 United States University of California system California, United States North America 1869 Public In-Person 238,700 [40]
37 United States University of Texas System Texas, United States North America 1881 Public In-Person 221,337 [41]
38 Brazil Estácio de Sá University Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil South America 1970 Private In-Person 215,000 [42]
39 South Korea Korea National Open University South Korea Asia 1972 Public Distance 210,978 [43]
40 Mexico University of Guadalajara Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico North America 1791 Public In-Person 209,406 [44]
41 Iran University of Applied Science and Technology Iran Asia 1992 Public In-Person 210,000 [45]
42 Iran Technical and Vocational University Iran Asia 1965 Public In-Person 209,000 [46]
43 Mexico University of Nuevo León Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico North America 1933 Public In-Person 206,000 [47]
44 United States Technical College System of Georgia Georgia, United States North America 1970 Public In-Person 191,567 [48]
45 United States Utah System of Higher Education Utah, United States North America 1894 Public In-Person 189,351 [49]
46 Russia Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Moscow, Russian Federation Europe 1977 Public In-Person 180,000 [50]
47 Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Asia 1976 Public In-Person 177,234 [51]
48 Pakistan University of Karachi Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan Asia 1951 Public In-Person 174,000?[citation needed]
49 United Kingdom Open University Milton Keynes, United Kingdom Europe 1969 Public Distance 173,915 [52]
50 Mexico National Polytechnic Institute Mexico City, Mexico North America 1936 Public In-Person 171,581 [53]
51 Dominican Republic Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Santo Domingo North America 1538 (reopened 1914) Public In-Person 170,530 [54]
52 Egypt Ain Shams University Cairo, Egypt Africa 1950 Public In-Person 170,000 (Undergraduates Only) [55]
53 United Kingdom University of London London, United Kingdom Europe 1836 Public In-Person 170,000 [56]
54 United States University of North Carolina system North Carolina, United States North America 1789 Public In-Person 169,792 [57]
55 United States Illinois Board of Higher Education Illinois, United States North America 1862 Public In-Person 163,786 [58]
56 United States University of Wisconsin System Wisconsin, United States North America 1848 Public In-Person 162,933 [59]
57 Malaysia Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam, Malaysia Asia 1956 Public In-Person 160,957 [60]
58 India Uttar Pradesh Technical University Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Asia 2000 Public In-Person 150,000 [61]
59 India Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India Asia 1991 Public Distance 150,000 [62]
60 Italy Sapienza University of Rome Rome, Italy Europe 1303 Public Distance/ In-Person 147,000 [63]
61 United States University System of Maryland Maryland, United States North America 1988 Public In-Person 144,363 [64]
62 Uruguay University of the Republic Montevideo, Uruguay South America 1849 Public In-Person 144,108 [65][66]
63 Brazil Norte do Paraná University Londrina, Paraná, Brazil South America 1972 Private Distance/In-Person 130,000 [67]
64 Guatemala University of San Carlos of Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala North America 1676 Public In-Person 124,000 [68]
65 France National Centre for Distance Education France Europe 1939 Public Distance 120,000 [69]
66 Nigeria National Open University of Nigeria Nigeria Africa 2002 Public Distance 300,000 [70]
67 United States Texas A&M University System Texas, United States North America 1876 Public In-Person 114,691 [71]
68 Argentina National University of Córdoba Córdoba, Argentina South America 1613 Public In-Person 113,558 [72]
69 United States Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Pennsylvania, United States North America 1982 Public In-Person 110,428 [73]
70 United States Liberty University Virginia, United States North America 1971 Private Distance/In-Person 110,000 [74]
71 Canada Le réseau de l'Université du Québec Quebec, Canada North America 1968 Public In-Person/ Distance 101,915 [75]
72 Pakistan Virtual University of Pakistan Lahore, Islamabad, Pakistan Asia 2002 Public Distance 100,000
73 Serbia University of Belgrade Belgrade, Serbia Europe 1808 Public In-Person 97,696 [76]
74 Austria University of Vienna Vienna, Austria Europe 1365 Public In-Person 91,715 [77]
75 Mexico Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico North America 1943 Private In-Person 91,200 [78]
76 Iran Farhangian University Iran Asia 2012 Public In-Person 90,000 [79]
77 Canada University of Toronto Toronto, Canada North America 1827 Public In-Person 88,766 [80]
78 Spain Complutense University of Madrid Madrid, Spain Europe 1293 Public In-Person 83,000 [81]
79 Iran Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research Iran Asia 1980 Private In-Person 80,000 [82]

a Indicates if most or all students are enrolled in a fully Distance Learning modality

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