ABOUT AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
Universities and colleges in the US come in all types! In total, there are more than 4,000 degree-granting universities and colleges across the United States. This number includes both public and private 4-year institutions and public and private 2-year institutions. There are also over 2,000 non-degree granting schools, which include career colleges and language institutes, among others. Post-secondary institutions in the US can be single-facility, multi-campus or online institutions, and credentials include 4-year bachelor's degrees, 2-year associate's degrees, plus 1- to 2-year diplomas and certificates. Gradaute degrees (mater's and doctoral) and graduate diplomas and certificates are also available. There are also some specialty Christian, Catholic and Jewish colleges, as well as field-specific and culture-specific schools (for example, liberal arts colleges, women's colleges, historically black collgees and universities, Tribal colleges). However, most US universities and colleges offer general education programs in a range of academic fields such as business administration, health, education, computers, arts, sciences, engineering, architecture, culinary/ hospitality, applied technology and much more. University and college programs can prepare you for a specific job or career, provide a broad education you can apply to many potential careers, or lead you to graduate school. With everything you need for life and work in a global culture, the internationally-ranked universities and colleges in the USA will help you achieve your goals.
US University and College Enrollment
Total fall enrollment*: 17,487,000
* for the year 2005 at degree-granting institutions only
Source: US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2008