General Questions About Colleges
How many colleges are there in the USA?
At last count, there were 4,356 degree-granting institutions in the United States. You've got a lot of choices out there, so think carefully.
Which states have the most colleges?
California has 398, more than any other U.S. state. New York is home to 306, followed by Pennsylvania (262), Texas (213) and Illinois (177). Those five states make up nearly a third of all the colleges in the United States.
Are more students going to college?
Currently, total college enrollment is 17.6 million students. By 2015, 19.9 million students will be in college (a 13 percent increase). That means there will be lots of students competing for spots, so be sure to keep your grades up.
Are there more men or women in college right now?
Right now, women make up 57 percent of the student body. That number is expect to rise to 59 percent women by 2015.
How old are most college students?
Over the last six years, there have been 1.3 million more students (a total of 10.5 million) students who are age 18-24 years old enrolled in college. This age group makes up 60 percent of the student body. This percentage looks like it is going to shrink a little, decreasing to 58 percent of college students being 18-24 years old by 2015 as more adults 25 years and older start or go back to college.
Do more students go to public or private colleges?
There are 13 million students enrolled at public schools while 4.5 million students are enrolled at private schools.
Top 10 Majors
Do you know what the most popular college majors are around the United States? Last year's top 10 included:
- Business management
- Elementary education
- Secondary education
- English language and literature
- Computer science
- Political science
Where do you fit in?
Rest assured there is a "right fit" for you out there. You're on the right track to finding the right spot for you. By planning ahead, doing your own research (you're reading this so you're on your way), and visiting schools, you'll be able to figure out which schools would be a good fit for you. Think about what is important to you and where you want to be in the future. Then look at what schools might help you meet those goals. Remember, you can always ask lots of questions. Your college admissions counselors are here to help.