Number of 4-year academic institutions in the U.S. 1980-2017, by type

This statistic shows the number of 4-year higher education institutions in the United States from 1980 to 2017. In 2017, there were 2,078 public and 750 private 4-year institutions across the United States.

Number of 4-year higher education institutions* in the United States from 1980 to 2017, by type

PrivatePublic
20172,078750
20162,095737
20152,294710
20142,310701
20132,348691
20122,337689
20112,286682
20102,192678
20092,102672
20082,067652
20072,022653
20061,986643
20051,942640
20001,828622
19901,546595
19801,405552
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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1908 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Covers universities, colleges, professional schools, junior and teachers’ colleges.

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