Number of higher education institutions in the U.S. 1980-2017

In 2017, there were 4,313 higher education institutions across the United States. This was a decrease from 2015, when there were 4,583 higher education institutions across the nation.

Higher education in the U.S.

Higher education in the United States refers to colleges and universities in the country. The U.S. has some notable distinctions in regards to higher education when compared to the rest of the world, including NCAA sports, Greek life, and high attendance costs. However, a large majority of the world’s best universities are located in the United States. Some of these universities include the eight Ivy League schools, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.

Higher education costs

The cost of university in the United States has increased significantly over the last few decades. As a result of these high tuition costs, it has caused students to take out exorbitantly high student loans. Both federal and state governments have decreased the amount of funding towards public schools, but mandatory outlays for higher education are expected to increase over the next several years. In 2017, California had the highest amount of higher education expenditures by state and local governments. California also has the most higher education institutions in the country.

Number of higher education institutions in the United States from 1980 to 2017

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1990 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2015 has been derived from the respective previous publications.

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