States with the largest higher education enrollment, spring 2017

Statistics from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show which states have the most college students.

In spring 2017, colleges and universities in the United States reported total enrollment of 18,071,004 students, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center says.

That's about 270,000 fewer enrollments than the 18,343,655 that higher education institutions reported in spring 2016, and about 520,000 fewer than the 18,592,605 reported in spring 2015.

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