EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — September 3, 2014

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A Massified System of Higher Education

Distribution of US Institutions of Higher Education by Sector and Type (2013-14)


There are almost 7,400 Title IV* institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the U.S. The above graphics illustrates two perspectives on the distribution of these institutions: the first summed by sector (e.g., public) and the second by type (e.g., 4-year). Of these institutions, 27 percent are public (2,008), 26 percent private, non-profit (1,892), and 47 percent are private, for-profit (3,497). By type, 42 percent are 4-year (3,122), 30 percent 2-year (2,230), and 28 percent less-than-2-year (2,045).

The largest group of institutions belongs to private, for-profit less-than-2-year institutions (1,697, or 23% of all institutions), followed by public, 2-year institutions (1,643, or 22% of all institutions) and private, non-profit 4-year institutions (1,037, or 14% of all institutions).


*Title IV refers to an institution that has a written agreement with the U.S. Secretary of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs (other than the State Student Incentive Grant [SSIG] and the National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership [NEISP] programs).

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, Fall 2013, Institutional Characteristics component (provisional data). (http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014066rev).