Private Colleges: FactFile

Welcome to Private Colleges: FactFile, a snapshot of America's more than 1,700 private, nonprofit colleges and universities.  This robust sector of the nation's higher education system enrolls about 5 million students in institutions that range from as few as 100 students to more than 45,000 students. 

Much of the data presented in Private Colleges: FactFile are from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and represent data reflective of all Title IV eligible institutions.

Quick Facts: 


Number of private, nonprofit college and university campus locations:
Four-year and above: 1,626
Two-year: 157
Less than two-year: 84 

Private, nonprofit college and university enrollment:
Undergraduate: 3.5 million
Graduate: 1.6 million

More about the private, nonprofit college sector

Today's private, nonprofit colleges and universities are: