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The 15 Most Populated Universities in the World

Education is increasingly important in today’s world. Many people find that an education can help them excel later in life. An Associate Degree can be a good way to get started on the path to a better job and higher earnings down the road. In the United States, we have a long history of supporting education. Other countries are building up educational systems as well — some of them quite large.

Indeed, university systems are growing around the world, enrolling millions. Even in the U.S., it is possible to find university systems with hundreds of thousands of students. Many of the universities feature multiple campuses, as well as online enrollees. If you are interested in the most populated universities in the world, here are the top 15. These numbers include those with multiple campuses, such as university systems. However, the list doesn’t include universities that are known mainly as online universities (like University Phoenix, which has more than 500,000 enrollees, but started out primarily as an online university, even though it has campuses).

15. University of Delhi

India is increasingly becoming a major location for universities. The University of Delhi is no exception. With 400,000 enrollees, it’s no surprise that this university is known for its size and academic offerings. There are multiple campuses to serve its students, as well as online and other distance offerings to serve those who might not have the same access to education.

14. California State University

With multiple campuses throughout the state of California, this university system is quite populous, with 417,000 students. You can attend California State University campuses in a number of cities, depending on what you prefer. Also included are some online classes, ideal for distance learners. It serves as a way for students to learn on their own terms.

13. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University

Founded in 1982, the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University has 450,000 students. This university is located in Andhra Pradesh, India, the city that formerly gave the institution its name. It was founded as an open university, offering widespread education. Hundreds of thousands get an education by attending this school.

12. University of the Punjab

This university is located in cosmopolitan Lahore, Pakistan, and has 450,00 students. The University of the Punjab is meant to provide an education for those in Pakistan who wish to study. It features a number of degree programs and learning opportunities, offered online.

11. State University of New York

This extensive university system in the state of New York boasts an enrollment of 467,845 students. The State University of New York has campuses all over the state, and is considered to offer a good education. The SUNY system is considered the largest comprehensive system in the U.S., even though some systems have more students enrolled.

10. University System of Ohio

Another U.S. system, the University System of Ohio has 478,000 students, and includes the Ohio State University, one of the largest campuses in the U.S. You can get access to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate opportunities through one of the biggest research systems in the world.

9. University of Pune

The University of Pune in India has 496,531 students enrolled. This has been one of the premier universities in India, since its founding in 1948. This university is located in an area infused with history, including the Battle of Khadki. Plenty of learning opportunities, and other chances to enjoy what the area has to offer.

8. Ramkhamhaeng University

Headquartered in exotic Bangkok, Thailand, Ramkhamhaeng University has 525,000 students on campuses throughout the country. It is the largest open university in Thailand, providing widespread education. The university was established in 1971 in response to so many students looking to attend college.

7. Bangladesh Open University

In order to provide a wider access to education, Bangladesh Open University was established in 1992. Headquartered in Gazipur, there are 600,000 students enrolled at this public university. With multiple campuses and some online offerings, it is fairly easy for students to access an education.

6. Universitas Terbuka

Jakarta, Indonesia is home to the Universitas Terbuka, an open public university with 646,467 students enrolled. This university, in addition to having a campus established in 1984, has also become a world leader in distance education. You can get access to an education from almost anywhere in Indonesia.

5. Bangladesh National University

This is another public university in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh National University has 800,000 students. It was established in 1992 as a university system meant to be open and include elements of distance learning, in order to better reach rural and semi-urban areas with a need for access to education.

4. Anadolu University

Established in 1958, Anadolu University is located in Eskisehir, Turkey. There are 1,041,180 students enrolled at this open university in Turkey. The university has developed into a distance learning institution, as well as having campuses. The idea is to provide wider access to a college education.

3. Islamic Azad University

Islamic Azad University is headquartered in Iran’s capital, Tehran. There are 1,500,000 students enrolled at the university, studying a variety of subjects. There are more than 400 branches of this university, and developments are underway to expand into other countries, including Malaysia, Tajikistan and Canada. There are already international branches in Lebanon, Tanzania, the U.K., United Arab Emirates, and Armenia.

2. Allama Iqbal Open University

Headquartered in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, Allama Iqbal Open University enrolls 1,806,214 students. This open university is also a leader in online and distance education. This “mega university” is open to every Pakistani citizen, as well as international persons living in Pakistan’s territories. There are a wide variety of courses, up through the Ph.D. level, that students can take.

1. Indira Gandhi National Open University

Established in 1985, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the largest university, by enrollment, is Indira Gandhi National Open University. With 3,500,000 students, this university is clearly a leader in distance learning. Not only are there campuses for this school, but there are numerous opportunities to engage in online learning and degree programs. The university is named after one India’s most prominent prime ministers, Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated (she was no relation to Mahatma Gandhi). The university also serves those in other countries through its online programs.