Largest U.S. Universities by Student Population

By Raghuram Sukumar Universities 4 Comments Edit

If you have just enrolled at colleges or universities in the U.S., there are so many new terms you will have to know and learn how to use.

Once such term is census date. Usually, it’s the 21st day after classes start. This date varies in some schools, though.

This is the official date when the number of students enrolled for the academic year will be counted. Public schools use figures from this census to calculate funds to be requested from the Federal government or from the State for the coming academic year.

The following is the list of top 10 largest U.S. universities based on student enrollment in Fall 2006.

Rank University Enrollment
1. Ohio State University, Columbus 51,818
2. Arizona State University, Tempe 51,234
3. University of Florida, Gainesville 50,912
4. University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis 50,402
5. University of Texas at Austin 49,697
6. University of Central Florida 46,907
7. Michigan State University 45,520
8. Texas A&M University, College Station 45,143
9. University of South Florida, Tampa 44,038
10. Pennsylvania State University, University Park 42,914

Related post – 10 Largest Universities in the U.S.A. based on Undergraduate Student enrollment.



  1. Rob E. Ellison


    You’re “research” for the largest student enrolled population is in error, unless you are only counting students who are physically on campus as resident and commuter students.

    Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia is comprised of its main campus, and seminary thereon, and a fully accredited and credentialized distance learning / online and blended (mixed on and off campus) program with approximately 13,000 resident and approximately another 60,000 worldwide off campus = estimated 73,000 students, undergrad, grad, and doctoral. It has approx 14,000 plus adjunct faculty worldwide besides its faculty and staff on the main campus

  2. Bailey Weber

    I am doing a group project for future city, and this site helped me figure out how many universities we would need for a city of 1,000,000 people.

  3. Resh

    Hi.. been trying to find the top US universities for biomedical/ biomaterials/ biomechanics…. but am not able to find any reliabl;e sources about how good the colleges are… would you be able to help me ? …

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