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Number of College/University Students by Major in Japan, 1960-2020

The following data show the change in the number of students at colleges/universities by their major in Japan from 1960 to 2020. 

The number of medical field students (mainly nursing study) is increasing recently. The number of students in interdisciplinary fields (called "others" in the following table) is also increasing. Surprisingly, the number of agricultural students is increasing. Despite the fact that the number of Japanese farmers is declining.

Table: Change in the number of students at colleges/universities by major in Japan from 1960 to 2020

  1960 1980 2000 2020
Humanities 77,888 239,990 410,979 364,474
Social science 257,979 704,737 985,617 835,595
Science 16,206 54,579 87,901 78,353
Engineering 92,572 337,767 467,162 382,341
Agriculture 28,040 59,558 70,308 77,622
Medicine & Dentistry 23,026 71,413 64,309 72,245
Health (exclude MD/Dentist) 12,607 40,645 79,328 266,803
Mercantile marine 1,429 1,595 905 411
Home economics 8,203 31,930 44,298 72,117
Education & teacher training 63,169 133,211 137,615 189,986
Arts 9,325 44,158 65,208 74,755
Others 11,020 21,921 58,125 208,870
         

Figure 1: Change in the number of students at colleges/universities by major in Japan from 1960 to 2020 (Faculties with a large number of students)

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Figure 2: Change in the number of students at colleges/universities by major in Japan from 1960 to 2020 (Faculties with a small number of students)

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Source is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 文部科学統計要覧(令和3年版)

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Number of College/University Students in Japan, 1955-2020

Japan had 2,915,605 students at colleges and universities in 2020, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The following shows the changes in the number of college/university students between 1955 and 2020.

Table: Number of College/University Students, 1955-2020

  Total in which, female students National Schools Prefectural, Municipal Schools Private Schools Percentage of Female  Percentage of Private
1955 523,355 65,081 186,055 24,936 312,364 12.4 59.7
1960 626,421 85,966 194,227 28,569 403,625 13.7 64.4
1965 937,556 152,119 238,380 38,277 660,899 16.2 70.5
1970 1,406,521 252,745 309,587 50,111 1,046,823 18.0 74.4
1975 1,734,082 368,258 357,772 50,880 1,325,430 21.2 76.4
1980 1,835,312 405,529 406,644 52,082 1,376,586 22.1 75.0
1985 1,848,698 434,401 449,373 54,944 1,344,381 23.5 72.7
1990 2,133,362 584,155 518,609 64,140 1,550,613 27.4 72.7
1995 2,546,649 821,893 598,723 83,812 1,864,114 32.3 73.2
2000 2,740,023 992,312 624,082 107,198 2,008,743 36.2 73.3
2005 2,865,051 1,124,900 627,850 124,910 2,112,291 39.3 73.7
2010 2,887,414 1,185,580 625,048 142,523 2,119,843 41.1 73.4
2015 2,860,210 1,231,868 610,802 148,766 2,100,642 43.1 73.4
2016 2,873,624 1,247,726 610,401 150,513 2,112,710 43.4 73.5
2017 2,890,880 1,263,893 609,473 152,931 2,128,476 43.7 73.6
2018 2,909,159 1,280,406 608,969 155,520 2,144,670 44.0 73.7
2019 2,918,668 1,293,095 606,449 158,176 2,154,043 44.3 73.8
2020 2,915,605 1,294,320 598,881 158,579 2,158,145 44.4 74.0
               

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Source is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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Number of Colleges and Universities in Japan, 1955-2020

There are 795 colleges and universities in Japan as of 2020, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The following shows the changes in the number of colleges/universities between 1955 and 2020.

Table: Number of Colleges/Universities, 1955-2020

  Total National Prefectural, Municipal Private
1955 228 72 34 122
1960 245 72 33 140
1965 317 73 35 209
1970 382 75 33 274
1975 420 81 34 305
1980 446 93 34 319
1985 460 95 34 331
1990 507 96 39 372
1995 565 98 52 415
2000 649 99 72 478
2005 726 87 86 553
2010 778 86 95 597
2015 779 86 89 604
2016 777 86 91 600
2017 780 86 90 604
2018 782 86 93 603
2019 786 86 93 607
2020 795 86 94 615
         

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The number of national colleges/universities has not changed much, and the number of private colleges/universities is increasing.

Source is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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