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 Continent Founded Affiliation Distance / In-Person[a] Enrollment Ref
1 India Indira Gandhi National Open University Asia 1985 Public Distance 4,000,000+ [1][2]
2 United States California Community Colleges System North America 1967 Public In-Person 2,100,000 [3]
3 Bangladesh National University, Bangladesh Asia 1992 Public In-Person 2,097,182 [4]
4 Turkey Anadolu University Asia 1958 Public Distance 1,974,343 [5]
5 Iran Islamic Azad University Asia 1982 Private In-Person 1,576,349 [6][7]
6 Pakistan Allama Iqbal Open University Asia 1974 Public Distance 1,326,948[citation needed]
7 Iran Payame Noor University Asia 1987 Public In-Person 800,000 [8]
8 Bangladesh Bangladesh Open University Asia 1992 Public Distance 650,000 [9]
9 Indonesia Universitas Terbuka Asia 1984 Public Distance 646,467 [10]
10 United States State University of New York system North America 1948 Public In-Person 606,232 [11]
11 Nepal Tribhuvan University Asia 1959 Public In-Person 604,437 [12]
12 India Chaudhary Charan Singh University Asia 1965 Public In-Person 560,000[citation needed]
13 India University of Bombay Asia 1857 Public In-Person 549,432 [13]
14 Thailand Ramkhamhaeng University Asia 1971 Public In-Person 525,000 [14]
15 India Savitribai Phule Pune University Asia 1948 Public In-Person 500,000 [15]
16 United States California State University system North America 1857 Public In-Person 479,000 [16]
17 United States University System of Ohio North America 2007 Public In-Person 478,000 [17]
18 Pakistan University of the Punjab Asia 1882 Public In-Person 450,000 [18]
19 India Dr. B R Ambedkar Open University Asia 1982 Public Distance 450,000 [19]
20 India University of Delhi Asia 1922 Public In-Person 400,000 [20]
21 India Sikkim Manipal University Asia 1995 Private In-Person 390,000 [21]
22 South Africa University of South Africa Africa 1873 Public Distance 355 240 [22]
23 Mexico National Autonomous University of Mexico North America 1551 Public In-Person 324,413 [23][24]
24 United States University System of Georgia North America 1931 Public In-Person 318,027 [25]
25 Argentina University of Buenos Aires South America 1821 Public In-Person 316,050 [26][27]
26 Romania Spiru Haret University Europe 1991 Private In-Person 311,928 [28]
27 United States State University System of Florida North America 1954 Public In-Person 302,513 [29]
28 India Osmania University Asia 1918 Public In-Person 300,000 [30]
29 United States City University of New York North America 1961 Public In-Person 274,357 [31]
30 Spain National University of Distance Education Europe 1972 Public Distance 260,079 [32][33]
31 India Rajiv Gandhi Technical University Asia 1998 Public In-Person 260,000 [34]
32 Egypt Cairo University Africa 1908 Public In-Person 257,200 [35]
33 United States University of California system North America 1869 Public In-Person 238,700 [36]
34 United States University of Texas System North America 1881 Public In-Person 221,337 [37]
35 Brazil Estácio de Sá University South America 1970 Private In-Person 215,000 [38]
36 South Korea Korea National Open University Asia 1972 Public Distance 210,978 [39]
37 Mexico University of Guadalajara North America 1791 Public In-Person 209,406 [40]
38 United States Technical College System of Georgia North America 1970 Public In-Person 191,567 [41]
39 Russia Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Europe 1977 Public In-Person 180,000 [42]
40 Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz University Asia 1976 Public In-Person 177,234 [43]
41 United Kingdom Open University Europe 1969 Public Distance 173,915 [44]
42 Dominican Republic Autonomous University of Santo Domingo North America 1538 (reopened 1914) Public In-Person 170,530 [45][45]
43 Pakistan University of Karachi Asia 1951 Public ? 174,000?[citation needed]
44 United States Utah System of Higher Education North America 1894 Public In-Person 171,291 [46]
45 Egypt Ain Shams University Africa 1950 Public In-Person 170,000 (Undergraduates Only) [47]
46 United States University of North Carolina system North America 1789 Public In-Person 169,792 [48]
47 Mexico National Polytechnic Institute North America 1936 Public In-Person 166,738 [49]
48 United States University of Wisconsin System North America 1848 Public In-Person 162,933 [50]
49 India Uttar Pradesh Technical University Asia 2000 Public In-Person 150,000 [51]
50 India Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University Asia 1991 Public Distance 150,000 [52]
51 Italy Sapienza University of Rome Europe 1303 Public In-Person 147,000 [53]
52 United States University System of Maryland North America 1988 Public In-Person 144,363 [54]
53 Russia Modern University for the Humanities Europe 1992 Public Distance 140,000 [55]
54 Brazil Norte do Paraná University South America 1972 Private Distance 130,000 [56]
55 Guatemala University of San Carlos of Guatemala South America 1676 Public In-Person 124,000 [57]
56 France National Centre for Distance Education Europe 1939 Public Distance 120,000 [58]
57 Nigeria National Open University of Nigeria Africa 2002 Public Distance 300,000 [59]
58 United States Texas A&M University System North America 1876 Public In-Person 114,691 [60]
59 Argentina National University of Córdoba South America 1613 Public In-Person 113,558 [61]
60 United States Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education North America 1982 Public In-Person 110,428 [62]
61 United States Liberty University North America 1971 Private Distance 110,000 [63]
62 Greece National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Europe 1960 Public In-Person 104,000 [39]
63 Malaysia MARA University of Technology Asia 1956 Public In-Person 100,000 [64]
64 Austria University of Vienna Europe 1365 Public In-Person 93,855 [65]
65 Canada University of Toronto North America 1827 Public In-Person 88,766 [66]
66 Spain Complutense University of Madrid Europe 1293 Public In-Person 83,000 [67]
67 Italy University of Bologna Europe 1088 Public In-Person 80,000 [68]
a Indicates if most or all students are enrolled in a fully Distance Learning modality

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