Boswell: Sir Alexander Dick tells me, that he rembers having a thousand people in a year to dine at his house; that is, reckoning each person as one, each time he dined there.

Johnson: That, Sir, is about three a day.

Boswell: How your statement lessens the idea.

Johnson: That, Sir, is the good of counting. It brings everything to a certainty, which before floated in the mind indefinitely.

—    Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, April 18, 1783.


Sources for Data on Higher Education
National Center for Educational Statistics —
US Census —


1. Basic Institutional and Demographic Facts of Higher Education, 2014

2. Columbia and Barnard Statistics: Students and Faculty, 2013

3. Columbia and Barnard Statistics: Finances

4. King’s College by the Numbers

5. The Colonial Nine: Some Comparisons, 1769-1775

College Graduates and Political Office, 1775 – 1860

6. How Many Antebellum Colleges?


The Emergent University

PhDs Awarded by Leading American Universities, 1861 – 1900

Early State Universities by Their Founding, 1785-1890

Barnard Numbers & Lists
Barnard College Faculty, by Appointment Year, 1889-1914

Original Barnard College Board of Trustees, 1889-1890


Post WW II  Numbers

American 18-24 Year-olds in School, by Sex, 1940 – 1980

Doctorates Awarded by American Universities, by Sex, 1940 – 1985

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