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Spring 2019 Current Term Enrollment Estimates Report Lists Top Undergraduate Majors Gaining Enrollment and Most Popular Majors

by NSC Blog | Jun 13, 2019 | Current Term Enrollment, Research Reports, Research Services |

According to the new Spring 2019 Current Term Enrollment Estimates report by the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center, there are more than 17.5 million undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the United States.  However, overall postsecondary enrollments decreased 1.7 percent or nearly 300,000 students from spring 2018.

Here are the top undergraduate majors gaining enrollment at four-year and two-year institutions.

Top undergraduate majors gaining enrollment at four-year institutions, based on enrollment change from spring 2018 to spring 2019:

Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services +22,865
Psychology +5,897
Architecture and Related Services +1,796
Transportation and Materials Moving +1,702
Biological and Biomedical Sciences +883

Top undergraduate majors gaining enrollment at four-year institutions:

Science Technologies/Technicians +6.4%
Transportation and Materials Moving +6.2%
Construction Trades +5.7%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services +5.4%
Architecture and Related Services +4.5%

Most popular majors by total enrollment at four-year institutions, spring 2019:

Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support 1,553,871
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 1,062,991
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 984,090
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 580,185
Engineering 560,973

Top undergraduate majors gaining enrollment at two-year institutions, based on enrollment change from spring 2018 to spring 2019:

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences +84,122
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support +17,652
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services +14,054
Psychology +13,115
Biological and Biomedical Sciences +12,520

Top undergraduate majors gaining enrollment at two-year institutions:

Architecture and Related services +17.8%
Personal and Culinary Services +17.6%
Psychology +17.0%
Science Technologies/Technicians +16.2%
Construction Trades +15.5%

Most popular majors by total enrollment at two-year institutions, spring 2019:

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1,844,167
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 851,084
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support 582,503
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 221,948
Security and Protective Services 193,999

Review the Spring 2019 enrollment report’s Table 8 and Table 9 for a complete list of majors by enrollment at two-year and four-year institutions.

The major fields of study are defined according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Program (CIP). For more about CIP, go to National Center for Education Statistics

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