2017 Colleges With the Highest Enrollment

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According to the National Center for Education Statistic’s Institute of Education Sciences, these are the nation’s 20 highest enrolling, degree-granting college and universities.

Highest Enrolling Colleges in the US

RankInstitutionStateTotal Enrollment
1University of Phoenix, ArizonaArizona 195,059
2Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndiana 91,179
3Liberty UniversityVirginia 81,459
4Lone Star College SystemTexas 69,395
5Miami Dade CollegeFlorida 66,046
6Grand Canyon UniversityArizona 62,304
7Texas A&M University, College StationTexas 61,642
8University of Central FloridaFlorida 60,767
9Ohio State University, Main CampusOhio 58,322
10Houston Community CollegeTexas 58,276
11Western Governors UniversityUtah 57,821
12American Public University SystemWest Virginia 57,539
13Walden UniversityMinnesota 52,188
14Kaplan University, Davenport CampusIowa 52,018
15Northern Virginia Community CollegeVirginia 51,487
16University of Texas at AustinTexas 51,313
17Ashford UniversityCalifornia 51,237
18University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMinnesota 51,147
19Tarrant County College DistrictTexas 50,595
20Arizona State University, TempeArizona 50,320

*U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2015 (NCES 2016-014), Chapter 3.


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