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Q: Number of college students ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Number of college students
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: enantiomate-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 06 Oct 2006 17:00 PDT
Expires: 05 Nov 2006 16:00 PST
Question ID: 771417
In the United States, about (one significant figure will do fine) how
many students enter college each year?  That is, what is the size of
the US's TOTAL freshman class (the sum of all freshmen classes from
every college in the country).
Subject: Re: Number of college students
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 06 Oct 2006 17:29 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
This table from the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics)
gives the number of first-time freshmen enrolling in fall 2004 as
2,630,000. This includes both 2-year and 4-year colleges. 2004 is the
most recent year for which these statistics are available from the

NCES: Digest of Education Statistics Tables and Figures

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "million first time freshmen" 

Google Web Search: nces education statistics

I hope this is precisely what you need. If not, please request
clarification; I'll be glad to offer further assistance before you
rate my answer.

Best regards,
enantiomate-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you- that answer is just what I was looking for.

Subject: Re: Number of college students
From: swamphandy-ga on 24 Oct 2006 11:21 PDT
Would be interesting to see the number of yearly graduates in contrast.
Subject: Re: Number of college students
From: pinkfreud-ga on 24 Oct 2006 14:27 PDT
Info on the number of graduates may be found here:

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