Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top 20 Colleges by Enrollment in 1878

The various Reports of the U.S. Commissioner of Education that are available through the Internet Archive or Google Books offer a wealth of interesting data.  Have you ever wondered about the size of colleges and universities in the decades following the Civil War??

I created this map where you can select a specific pin and a pop-up will display with the name of the institution, the location, and the founding date....link to a full screen map in a new window.  A table with the data is included below this map.



The report includes a list of 361 colleges and universities.  Students enrolled in college preparatory academies or in graduate and professional programs are not included.  The median collegiate enrollment for the 322 institutions with figures provided, is 66 students and the mean value is 92 students.

Most of the institutions on the Top 20 are familiar names.  Trinity University has since moved to San Antonio and Rutherford College later merged with another institution to serve as a predecessor for Brevard College.


Institution
City
State
Rank
Enrollment
Harvard University
Cambridge
MA
1
884
Yale University
New Haven
CT
2
663
Baltimore City College
Baltimore
MD
3
526
College of the City of New York
New York
NY
4
496
University of Missouri
Columbia
MO
5
461
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati
OH
6
455
College of New Jersey
Princeton
NJ
7
449
University of Virginia
Charlottesville
VA
8
365
Amherst College
Amherst
MA
9
335
Oberlin College
Oberlin
OH
10
323
Dartmouth College
Hanover
NJ
11
315
University of Wisconsin
Madison
WI
12
281
Mt. Union College
Alliance
OH
13
278
University of Notre Dame du Lac
Notre Dame
IN
14
275
Trinity University
Tehuacana
TX
15
270
Rutherford College
Rutherford
NC
16
250
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware
OH
17
249
Columbia University
New York
NY
18
246
Brown University
Providence
RI
19
243
University of Illinois
Urbana
IL
20
242