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How many colleges are there in America?

k1ngc0br4k1ngc0br4 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
How many colleges are there in America?
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Replies to: How many colleges are there in America?

  • driverdriver - Posts: 4,148 Senior Member
    Carolyn will know :)
  • Papa ChickenPapa Chicken Registered User Posts: 2,841 Senior Member
    here's a pretty good list, but I haven't counted them myself.......


    4-year colleges.....I'll take a SWAG at 2000.......that is, many, many more than Princeton Review's 357
  • hoedownhoedown Registered User Posts: 3,751 Senior Member
    Depends on how you're counting.

    Approximately 4,168 if you count all 2- and 4-year colleges, including those that are for-profit.

    Approximately 2,169 if you want to narrow that down to just the 4-year, non-profit institutions.
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    Hoedown is on target. Here are the numbers I have from the US Department of Education:

    Total number of 4 year degree granting institutions: 2364

    Public 4 year institutions: 612
    Doctoral level publics: 166
    Master's level publics: 282
    Bac. only publics: 101
    Other 4 year degree granting publics: 63

    Private 4 year colleges: 1752
    Doctoral level privates: 86
    Master's level: 386
    Bac. only: 546
    Other: 742

    The U.S. News & World Report "ranking" includes approximately 1400 4-year colleges.

    If you want to see the breakdown by state, go to the site where I pulled these numbers from: http://nces.ed.gov//programs/digest/d02/dt244.asp
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