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 — http://nces.ed.gov/pubs93/93442.pdf
US Census —
4. King’s College by the Numbers
5. The Colonial Nine: Some Comparisons, 1769-1775
The Emergent University
Barnard Numbers & Lists
Barnard College Faculty, by Appointment Year, 1889-1914
Post WW II Numbers