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 606,232
2 University of Phoenix Private, For-profit Arizona 442,033
3 University of North Carolina System Public North Carolina 222,322
4 Ivy Tech Community College Public Indiana 175,313
5 Ashford University Private, For-profit Iowa 169,843
6 American Public University System Private, For-profit West Virginia 110,644
7 Liberty University Private Virginia 110,000
8 Miami Dade College Public Florida 100,855
9 Lone Star College System Public Texas 98,313
10 The Pennsylvania State University Public Pennsylvania 94,441
11 Houston Community College System Public Texas 93,625
12 Arizona State University Public Arizona 81,789
13 Kaplan University Private, For-profit Iowa 77,566
14 Northern Virginia Community College Public Virginia 76,552
15 Walden University Private, For-profit Minnesota 75,895
16 Tarrant County College District Public Texas 75,547
17 Wake Technical Community College Public North Carolina 74,000[3]
18 Grand Canyon University Private[Note 1] Arizona 71,712
19 Austin Community College District Public Texas 70,452
20 University of Central Florida Public Florida 69,086
21 The Ohio State University Public Ohio 64,930
22 University of Maryland Public Maryland 64,737
23 University of Minnesota Public Minnesota 63,929
24 Broward College Public Florida 62,796
25 Florida International University Public Florida 60,592
26 Valencia College Public Florida 60,469
27 University of Florida Public Florida 56,683
28 East Los Angeles College Public California 56,395
29 College of Southern Nevada Public Nevada 56,364
30 Rio Salado College Public Arizona 56,031
31 Capella University Private, For-profit Minnesota 56,009
32 Portland Community College Public Oregon 55,558
  1. ^ As of July 1, 2018, Grand Canyon University has transitioned from for-profit to nonprofit.

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
  3. ^

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