States with the largest higher education enrollment, spring 2019

June 18, 2019
The 10 states with the most students enrolled in higher education accounted for more than half of those attending U.S. colleges and universities.

California, the nation's most populous state, also is the state with the most students enrolled in its higher-education institutions.

Figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that 2,341,696 students were enrolled in California colleges in the spring 2019 semester. Texas and New York reported college enrollment figures that exceeded 1 million.

Overall, the 10 states with the highest spring 2019 enrollments accounted for more than 8.8 million students—more than half of the nationwide spring 2019 enrollment of 17.5 million.

Here are the states with the most college students in spring 2019. 

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