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Want to know what the largest postsecondary education institutions are in the United States?  The following list is of the 300 largest schools currently operating in the United States based on their total student enrollment. The list includes both public and private two and four-year institutions, combining total enrollment for multi-campus institutions, and does not differentiate between type of institution for listing purposes.

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The totals are based on both full-time and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including online enrollment and distance learning enrollment. The list allows for comparative analyses among larger institutions, as well as identifying which schools may have higher amounts of funding, which equates to more education and research opportunities and more degree options.

The data is taken from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  Efficiently gather information from top ranked colleges around the country and join the millions of college-bound students that use to find their perfect Scholarship.

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List of the Top 300 Largest Universities & Colleges

The table below lists the top 300 largest universities and colleges by the total enrollment, this includes both full-time and part-time students and both undergraduate & graduate students.

RankSchool NameStateEnrollment
#1Western Governors University (WGU)North Carolina121,437
#2Southern New Hampshire UniversityNew Hampshire104,068
#3Grand Canyon UniversityArizona90,253
#4Liberty UniversityVirginia79,152
#5Ivy Tech Community College - Central IndianaIndiana72,006
#6Texas A&M UniversityTexas68,679
#7University of Central FloridaFlorida68,475
#8Ohio State UniversityOhio61,170
#9University of Maryland - University College (UMUC)Maryland60,603
#10Florida International UniversityFlorida57,942
#11Houston Community College System (UHCL)Texas57,200
#12Miami Dade CollegeFlorida54,973
#13University of FloridaFlorida52,218
#14New York University (NYTS)New York51,847
#15The University of Texas at AustinTexas51,832
#16Arizona State UniversityArizona51,585
#17Tarrant County CollegeTexas51,100
#18Northern Virginia Community College (Norfolk State)Virginia50,929
#19University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesMinnesota50,734
#20Michigan State UniversityMichigan50,351
#21Rutgers University - New BrunswickNew Jersey50,254
#22University of Illinois at Urbana - ChampaignIllinois49,702
#23University of Washington - Seattle CampusWashington47,400
#24University of Southern CaliforniaCalifornia47,310
#25Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvania46,810
#26University of Michigan - Ann ArborMichigan46,716
#27Valencia CollegeFlorida46,521
#28University of HoustonTexas46,324
#29American Public University System (American Military University)New York46,088
#30University of California - Los AngelesCalifornia44,537
#31Purdue UniversityCalifornia44,474
#32University of ArizonaArizona44,097
#33University of South Florida (USF Main Campus)Florida43,846
#34Indiana University - Bloomington (IU)Indiana43,503
#35University of California - BerkeleyCalifornia42,501
#36Brigham Young University - IdahoIdaho42,341
#37University of Maryland - College Park (UMBC)Maryland41,200
#38Florida State UniversityFlorida41,005
#39Austin Community College DistrictTexas40,799
#40Broward CollegeFlorida40,784
#41California State University - FullertonCalifornia40,280
#42California State University - Northridge (Cal State LA)California40,212
#43Utah Valley UniversityUtah39,931
#44Temple UniversityPennsylvania39,740
#45University of GeorgiaGeorgia38,652
#46Texas State UniversityTexas38,644
#47University of North TexasTexas38,241
#48University of California - DavisCalifornia38,167
#49University of California - San Diego (UCSD)California37,887
#50University of CincinnatiOhio37,886
#51California State University - Long BeachCalifornia37,466
#52George Mason UniversityVirginia37,316
#53Capella UniversityWest Virginia37,171
#54University of Colorado at BoulderColorado36,681
#55University of California - Irvine (UCI)California36,032
#56North Carolina State University at RaleighNorth Carolina35,479
#57East Los Angeles College (The Dominican School)California35,403
#58San Jose State UniversityCalifornia35,400
#59San Diego State UniversityCalifornia35,303
#60Iowa State UniversityIowa34,992
#61University of South Carolina - ColumbiaSouth Carolina34,795
#62Ashford University (Mount Mercy College)