The Digest of Education Statistics Projects Record-Setting College Enrollment

Digest of Education Statistics College Enrollment

College enrollment is projected to continue setting new records through the end of the decade, according to recent government data regarding current trends in education.

The 2010 Digest of Education Statistics reveals that higher education enrollment, currently projected at 20.6 million for 2010, is expected to grow by 14 percent by fall 2019.

This year, the National Center for Education Statistics expects 3.4 million degrees to be awarded to students at higher education institutions. Roughly one-quarter of those will be made up of associate’s degrees and over half by bachelor’s degrees.

Over the past ten years, the number of associate’s degrees rose by 41 percent and bachelor’s degrees rose by 33 percent.

Between 1999 and 2009, total college enrollment increased by 38 percent.

Education Stats By Demographic

Other education stats featured in the report include:

  • Women earned 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees during the 2008-2009 school year and enrolled 40 percent more than they did in 1998.
  • The number of Hispanic students earning bachelor’s degrees increased by 85 percent.
  • The number of African American students earning bachelor’s degrees increased by 53 percent between 1999 and 2009.