Sunday, February 16, 2014

1895 U.S. Postsecondary Enrollment


There were a wide variety of educational institutions operating in the late 19th century to meet societal needs and student interests.   Institutions from five sectors served 263,450 students in 1895.
Sector:
Students%
Business and Commercial Schools75,60429%
Normal Schools44,53817%
Colleges and Universities73,15928%
Schools of Technology10,0014%
Professional Schools60,14823%















The business and commercial school sector was the largest with 29% of enrolled students.  Within the sector, one-half were enrolled in commercial courses.

Programs at Business and Commercial Schools:
Students%
Commercial Course37,92950%
Amanuensis Course23,14231%
English Course13,32418%
Telegraphy Course1,2092%
Twenty-three percent or 60,148 of the students were enrolled in professional programs.

Professional Schools:Students%
Medicine24,37741%
Law10,44917%
Theology8,17314%
Denistry6,46011%
Pharmacy3,4266%
Nursing7,26312%

The Report of the Commissioner of Education for the year 1896-97, Vol. II.  Washington:  Government Printing Office, 1898 serves as the source for data.  The photo of the Telegraphy Department of Albany Business College is from the Early Office Museum.