In 1970 a total of 839,730 people enrolled in a bachelors degree program. Throughout the past 44 years college enrollment rates have greatly increased in the United States. As of 2014 (the most recent data) 1,840,381 people enrolled in a bachelors degree program. The most enrolled major is business, while the least enrolled is Precision Production with a total of 37 people.
|Field Of Study||Enrollment|
|Health professions and related programs||198,770|
|Social sciences and history||173,096|
|Biological and biomedical sciences||104,633|
|Visual and performing arts||97,246|
|Communication, journalism, and related programs||87,604|
|Homeland security, law enforcement, and
|Computer and information sciences||55,367|
|English language and literature/letters||50,404|
|Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies||46,042|
|Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
|Agriculture and natural resources||35,116|
|Public administration and social services||33,483|
|Physical sciences and science technologies||29,304|
|Family and consumer sciences/human sciences||24,722|
|Mathematics and statistics||20,980|
|Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics||20,335|
|Philosophy and religious studies||11,997|
|Theology and religious vocations||9,642|
|Architecture and related services||9,144|
|Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies||8,275|
|Transportation and materials moving||4,588|
|Legal professions and studies||4,513|
|Military technologies and applied sciences||185|
The above chart is in order from the largest to smallest amount of enrollment in a major.
The above line chart compares the enrollment of each college major in 2014.
The above chart shows the trend of business enrollment over the past 44 years. Business enrollment hit a peak during the early 1990s, and again in the early 2000’s.
Business was not always the most popular major, in 1970 it ranked third place with education in first and social sciences second. Since 1970 Business enrollment has increased by 322% making it the most popular major in America during 2014.