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Revealed: Largest Universities In The World By Number of Students Enrollment, 2024

Students Enrollment

In the realm of higher education, various colleges and universities have sizable student populations, but some institutions are larger than others. Indira Gandhi National Open University is the most extensive university system globally, with around 7.14 million students enrolled. It proudly claims the title of the world’s largest university, establishing its dominance on an international scale, and making it a giant in the academic landscape.

The United States boasts some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, with several colossal colleges dotted across its landscape. The University System of Ohio is one of the largest educational institutions in the country. Meanwhile, the California State University system commands attention as another educational heavyweight. The State University System of Florida further contributes to the American academic tapestry, positioned as one of the largest universities in the country. Thus, the United States stands as a haven for expansive educational institutions, both in terms of student population and geographical expanse.

The decision to choose between a large academic institution or a smaller, more intimate setting is subjective. Each option comes with its own set of advantages and challenges, so individuals need to determine which environment aligns with their preferences and goals. The dichotomy between larger and smaller institutions highlights the diversity in the educational sphere and caters to the different needs and preferences of aspiring learners.

As students begin their academic journeys, larger institutions with sprawling campuses and busy corridors attract them with the promise of diverse experiences and abundant resources. On the other hand, smaller colleges offer a sense of community and personalized attention.  In this complex landscape, the pursuit of knowledge is intertwined with exploring personal preferences, ultimately shaping the direction of each student’s educational journey.

Largest Universities In The World By Number of Students Enrollment, 2024

RankInstitutionLocationStudents EnrollmentFoundedAffiliationDistance / In-Person
1Indira Gandhi National Open UniversityNew Delhi, India7,140,0001985PublicDistance/In-Person
2National University, BangladeshGazipur, Bangladesh2,097,1821992PublicIn-Person
3Anadolu UniversityEskişehir, Turkey1,974,3431958PublicDistance/In-Person
4California Community Colleges SystemCalifornia, United States1,800,0001967PublicIn-Person
5Allama Iqbal Open UniversityIslamabad, Pakistan1,027,0001974PublicDistance/In-Person
6Laureate Education, Inc.International875,0001999PrivateDistance/In-Person
7Bangladesh Open UniversityGazipur, Bangladesh650,0001992PublicDistance
8Universitas TerbukaJakarta, Indonesia646,4671984PublicDistance
9National Technological Institute of MexicoMexico620,0001948PublicIn-Person
10Tribhuvan UniversityKirtipur, Nepal604,4371959PublicIn-Person
11Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityPune, Maharashtra, India665,0001948PublicIn-Person
12Chaudhary Charan Singh UniversityMeerut, Uttar Pradesh, India560,0001965PublicIn-Person
13University of MumbaiMumbai, Maharashtra, India549,4321857PublicIn-Person
14Ramkhamhaeng UniversityBangkok, Thailand525,0001971PublicIn-Person
15National Open University of NigeriaNigeria515,0002002PublicDistance
16University System of OhioOhio, United States478,0002007PublicIn-Person
17California State University systemCalifornia, United States457,9921857PublicIn-Person
18University of the PunjabLahore, Punjab, Pakistan450,0001882PublicIn-Person
19Dr. B R Ambedkar Open UniversityTelangana, India450,0001982PublicDistance
20State University System of FloridaFlorida, United States430,0001954PublicIn-Person
21University of DelhiDelhi, India400,0001922PublicIn-Person/Distance
22Payame Noor UniversityIran400,0001987PublicDistance/In-Person
23Sikkim Manipal UniversitySikkim, India390,0001995PrivateIn-Person
24University of South AfricaPretoria, Gauteng, South Africa370,0001873PublicDistance
25State University of New York systemNew York, United States363,6121948PublicIn-Person
26National Autonomous University of MexicoMexico City, Mexico356,5301551PublicIn-Person
27National Centre for Distance EducationFrance350,0001939PublicDistance
28University System of GeorgiaGeorgia, United States318,0271931PublicIn-Person
29University of Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, Argentina316,0501821PublicIn-Person
30Minnesota State Colleges and UniversitiesMinnesota, United States300,0001995PublicIn-Person
31Osmania UniversityHyderabad, Telangana, India300,0001918PublicIn-Person
32National University of Distance EducationSpain260,0791972PublicDistance/In-Person
33Rajiv Gandhi Technical UniversityBhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India260,0001998PublicIn-Person
34Cairo UniversityGiza, Egypt257,2001908PublicIn-Person
35City University of New YorkNew York, United States243,0001961PublicIn-Person
36University of North Carolina systemNorth Carolina, United States242,0001789PublicIn-Person
37University of California systemCalifornia, United States238,7001869PublicIn-Person
38University of Texas SystemTexas, United States221,3371881PublicIn-Person
39Estácio de Sá UniversityRio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil215,0001970PrivateIn-Person
40University of GuadalajaraGuadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico209,4061791PublicIn-Person
41University of Nuevo LeónMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico206,0001933PublicIn-Person
42Open UniversityMilton Keynes, United Kingdom205,4201969PublicDistance/In-Person
43University of Applied Science and TechnologyIran200,0001992PublicIn-Person
44Technical College System of GeorgiaGeorgia, United States191,5671970PublicIn-Person
45Utah System of Higher EducationUtah, United States189,3511894PublicIn-Person
46Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public AdministrationMoscow, Russian Federation180,0001977PublicIn-Person
47King Abdulaziz UniversityJeddah, Saudi Arabia177,2341976PublicIn-Person
48Technical and Vocational UniversityIran175,0001965PublicIn-Person
49University of KarachiKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan174,0001951PublicIn-Person
50National Polytechnic InstituteMexico City, Mexico171,5811936PublicIn-Person
51Autonomous University of Santo DomingoSanto Domingo170,5301914PublicIn-Person
52Ain Shams UniversityCairo, Egypt170,0001950PublicIn-Person
53University of LondonLondon, United Kingdom170,0001836PublicIn-Person
54Southern New Hampshire UniversityNew Hampshire, United States170,0001932PrivateDistance / In-person
55Illinois Board of Higher EducationIllinois, United States163,7861862PublicIn-Person
56University of Wisconsin SystemWisconsin, United States162,9331848PublicIn-Person
57Universiti Teknologi MARAShah Alam, Malaysia160,9571956PublicIn-Person
58Korea National Open UniversitySouth Korea151,4131972PublicDistance/In-Person
59Uttar Pradesh Technical UniversityLucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India150,0002000PublicIn-Person
60Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open UniversityBhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India150,0001991PublicDistance
61Sapienza University of RomeRome, Italy147,0001303PublicIn-Person
62University System of MarylandMaryland, United States144,3631988PublicIn-Person
63University of the RepublicMontevideo, Uruguay144,1081849PublicIn-Person
64University of the PeopleCalifornia, United States137,0002009PrivateDistance
65Norte do Paraná UniversityLondrina, Paraná, Brazil130,0001972PrivateDistance/In-Person
66University of San Carlos of GuatemalaGuatemala City, Guatemala124,0001676PublicIn-Person
67University of LyonLyon, France120,0002007PublicIn-Person
68UNIMINUTO systemColombia116,7821990PrivateDistance/In-Person
69Texas A&M University SystemTexas, United States114,6911876PublicIn-Person
70National University of CórdobaCórdoba, Argentina113,5581613PublicIn-Person
71Pennsylvania State System of Higher EducationPennsylvania, United States110,4281982PublicIn-Person
72Liberty UniversityVirginia, United States110,0001971PrivateDistance/In-Person
73University of ToulouseToulouse, France110,0001229PublicIn-Person
74Université du QuébecQuebec, Canada101,9151968PublicIn-Person/ Distance
75Virtual University of PakistanLahore, Islamabad, Pakistan100,0002002PublicDistance
76IU International University of Applied SciencesErfurt, Germany100,0001998PrivateDistance/In-Person
77Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam98,6481995PublicIn-Person
78University of BelgradeBelgrade, Serbia97,6961808PublicIn-Person
79University of ViennaVienna, Austria91,7151365PublicIn-Person
80Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher EducationMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico91,2001943PrivateIn-Person
81University of TorontoToronto, Canada88,7661827PublicIn-Person
82Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessaloniki, Greece88,2831925PublicIn-Person
83Complutense University of MadridMadrid, Spain83,0001293PublicIn-Person
84Farhangian UniversityIran80,0002012PublicIn-Person
85Aix-Marseille UniversityMarseille, France80,0001409PublicIn-Person
86University of HagenHagen, Germany76,0961974PublicDistance
87Academic Center for Education, Culture and ResearchIran60,0001980PrivateIn-Person

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