Colleges in America: By The Numbers

When it comes time to start the college application process for college, your list of traditional or online schools may seem endless. There are a number of things to consider when searching for the perfect college program. Location, private or public, on-campus vs. online degrees, financial assistance, and even how large the university actually is. This is an important decision that may affect the rest of your life, so here is some help with weighing out your options.

So, how do American states compare in volume of universities and colleges? And, what are the largest colleges in the nation? If so, read below, and you will find all the answers in this “Colleges in America” infographic:

 

Colleges By the Numbers: States
Washington
● # of schools: 85
● Public: 43
● Private non-profit: 23
● Private for profit: 19
Oregon
● # of schools: 60
● Public: 26
● Private non-profit: 24
● Private for profit: 10
California
● # of schools: 454
● Public: 148
● Private non-profit: 146
● Private for profit: 160
Idaho
● # of schools: 15
● Public: 7
● Private non-profit: 4
● Private for profit: 4
Nevada
● # of schools: 25
● Public: 7
● Private non-profit: 3
● Private for profit: 15
Arizona
● # of schools: 84
● Public: 24
● Private non-profit: 11
● Private for profit: 49
Utah
● # of schools: 41
● Public: 12
● Private non-profit: 4
● Private for profit: 25
Wyoming
● # of schools: 11
● Public: 8
● Private non-profit: 0
● Private for profit: 3
Montana
● # of schools: 23
● Public: 18
● Private non-profit: 5
● Private for profit: 0
New Mexico
● # of schools: 44
● Public: 28
● Private non-profit: 3
● Private for profit: 13
Colorado
● # of schools: 86
● Public: 28
● Private non-profit: 12
● Private for profit: 46
North Dakota
● # of schools: 21
● Public: 14
● Private non-profit: 6
● Private for profit: 1
South Dakota
● # of schools: 25
● Public: 12
● Private non-profit: 8
● Private for profit: 5
Nebraska
● # of schools: 43
● Public: 15
● Private non-profit: 19
● Private for profit: 9
Texas
● # of schools: 252
● Public: 108
● Private non-profit: 57
● Private for profit: 87
Oklahoma
● # of schools: 60
● Public: 29
● Private non-profit: 14
● Private for profit: 17
Kansas
● # of schools: 67
● Public: 33
● Private non-profit: 24
● Private for profit: 10
Minnesota
● # of schools: 114
● Public: 43
● Private non-profit: 36
● Private for profit: 34
Iowa
● # of schools: 66
● Public: 19
● Private non-profit: 34
● Private for profit: 13
Missouri
● # of schools: 138
● Public: 34
● Private non-profit: 58
● Private for profit: 46
Arkansas
● # of schools: 51
● Public: 33
● Private non-profit: 12
● Private for profit: 6
Louisiana
● # of schools: 74
● Public: 39
● Private non-profit: 10
● Private for profit: 25
Wisconsin
● # of schools: 84
● Public: 31
● Private non-profit: 29
● Private for profit: 24
Illinois
● # of schools: 181
● Public: 60
● Private non-profit: 84
● Private for profit: 37
Kentucky
● # of schools: 76
● Public: 24
● Private non-profit: 26
● Private for profit: 26
Tennessee
● # of schools: 109
● Public: 22
● Private non-profit: 47
● Private for profit: 40
Mississippi
● # of schools: 40
● Public: 24
● Private non-profit: 9
● Private for profit: 7
Alabama
● # of schools: 75
● Public: 39
● Private non-profit: 19
● Private for profit: 17
Florida
● # of schools: 223
● Public: 43
● Private non-profit: 57
● Private for profit: 123
Georgia
● # of schools: 132
● Public: 67
● Private non-profit: 34
● Private for profit: 31
South Carolina
● # of schools: 75
● Public: 33
● Private non-profit: 24
● Private for profit: 18
North Carolina
● # of schools: 139
● Public: 75
● Private non-profit: 45
● Private for profit: 19
Virginia
● # of schools: 129
● Public: 39
● Private non-profit: 38
● Private for profit: 52
West Virginia
● # of schools: 46
● Public: 23
● Private non-profit: 9
● Private for profit: 14
Ohio
● # of schools: 215
● Public: 60
● Private non-profit: 75
● Private for profit: 80
Indiana
● # of schools: 109
● Public: 29
● Private non-profit: 41
● Private for profit: 39
Michigan
● # of schools: 107
● Public: 45
● Private non-profit: 50
● Private for profit: 12
Maryland
● # of schools: 62
● Public: 30
● Private non-profit: 22
● Private for profit: 10
Delaware
● # of schools: 11
● Public: 5
● Private non-profit: 5
● Private for profit: 1
District of Columbia
● # of schools: 20
● Public: 2
● Private non-profit: 14
● Private for profit: 4
New Jersey
● # of schools: 66
● Public: 33
● Private non-profit: 25
● Private for profit: 8
Connecticut
● # of schools: 47
● Public: 22
● Private non-profit: 19
● Private for profit: 6
Rhode Island
● # of schools: 13
● Public: 3
● Private non-profit: 10
● Private for profit: 0
Massachusetts
● # of schools: 124
● Public: 30
● Private non-profit: 84
● Private for profit: 11
New Hampshire
● # of schools: 29
● Public: 12
● Private non-profit: 15
● Private for profit: 2
Maine
● # of schools: 32
● Public: 15
● Private non-profit: 15
● Private for profit: 2
Vermont
● # of schools: 24
● Public: 6
● Private non-profit: 17
● Private for profit: 1
New York
● # of schools: 304
● Public: 80
● Private non-profit: 180
● Private for profit: 44
Pennsylvania
● # of schools: 262
● Public: 61
● Private non-profit: 118
● Private for profit: 83
Hawaii
● # of schools: 20
● Public: 10
● Private non-profit: 6
● Private for profit: 4
Alaska
● # of schools: 7
● Public: 5
● Private non-profit: 1
● Private for profit: 1
Ten Largest Public University Campuses by Enrollment as of Fall 2011

1. Arizona State University
2. University of Central Florida 
3. The Ohio State University 
4. University of Minnesota
5. University of Texas at Austin 
6. Texas A&M University 
7. University of Florida 
8. Michigan State University 
9. Pennsylvania State University 
10. University of Michigan
Top 10 Largest Online Universities (By Enrollment)

1. University of Phoenix

2. Community College of the Air Force

3. Kaplan University

4. Miami Dade College

5. Houston Community College
6. Ashford University

7. Northern Virginia Community

8. Arizona State University
9. Strayer University
10. Lone Star College System