Big School, Small School

by | Mar 19, 2018

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University of Central Florida

One of the distinguishing features of the United States is our world-class higher educational institutions. As of 2015 there were 4,583 colleges and universities in the U.S. with about 22.5 million students  enrolled. About 1,700 of those colleges are 2-year institutions. In 2016, about 33.5% of the U.S. adult population over age 25 had an undergraduate degree and 89% had a high school degree.

In terms of size, the average enrollment for a college in the U.S. is about 6,200 students, but the size varies significantly. Here are the top ten undergraduate schools in the U.S. according to size (data from US News):

  1. University of Central Florida, 55,776 students
  2. Texas A&M, 50,753
  3. Liberty University, 47,050
  4. The Ohio State University, 45,831
  5. Florida International University, 45,813
  6. Arizona State, 42,477
  7. Penn State, 41,359
  8. University of Texas, 40,168
  9. Indiana University, 39,184
  10. Michigan State, 39,090

Here’s  the smallest colleges in America (data from Cappex College Insider):

  1. Shimer College, 81 students
  2. Sterling College, 99
  3. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 128
  4. Bryn Athyn College, 155
  5. Art Academy of Cincinnati, 156
  6. Burlington College, 166
  7. College of Visual Arts, 189
  8. Montserrat College of Art, 270
  9. Cogswell Polytechnical College, 287
  10. Judson College, 324

Here’s the ten largest endowments (from US News):

  1. Harvard, $35.6 billion
  2. Yale, 25.4 billion
  3. Stanford, 22.4 billion
  4. Princeton, 21.7 billion
  5. MIT, 13.2 billion
  6. Penn, 10.7 billion
  7. Texas A&M, 9.9 billion
  8. Michigan, 9.6 billion
  9. Columbia, 9.0 billion
  10. Notre Dame, 8.8 billion

2 Comments

  1. I think the ratio of endowment/student ( undergrad AND grad) is an important figure–and not readily available….

    Reply
    • This has it.

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