Undergraduate College Enrollment by Sector

In which types of postsecondary institutions are students enrolled? In fall 2015, more than 17 million undergraduates enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. The vast majority (76 percent) attend public institutions, with enrollments nearly evenly divided between four-year and two-year colleges. Relatively few undergraduates (8 percent) attend for-profit institutions. Of those who attend for-profits, the majority attend four-year institutions. Overall, approximately 60 percent of undergraduates enroll in four-year colleges, and nearly 40 percent attended 2-year colleges. Very few (less than 2 percent) attend less-than-two-year postsecondary institutions.

Total U.S. Undergraduate Enrollment by Institutional Sector: Fall 2015

 Author's calculations. Enrollment counts reflect all Title IV U.S. postsecondary institutions in academic year 2015-16. Data retrieved from IPEDS Data Center. 

Author's calculations. Enrollment counts reflect all Title IV U.S. postsecondary institutions in academic year 2015-16. Data retrieved from IPEDS Data Center.