How Many Colleges Are in the United States?


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As of 2010, there were a total of 4,599 two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. There were an additional 2,422 institutions with diploma, certificate and other non-degree programs.

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The 7,021 colleges and universities recognized by the National Center for Education Statistics were all Title IV institutions as of 2010. This means students at these schools were eligible for federal financial aid in the form of loans, grants and work-study compensation. Students who choose to attend schools that have not met the eligibility requirements for Title IV status do not qualify for federal financial aid.

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