EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — June 7, 2018

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US Institutions of Higher Education, 2017-18


Today's EPIGraph simply provides a count of Title IV, US-based institutions of higher education. Title IV institutions are those who meet the qualifications of the US Department of Education and are able to use federal financial aid, meaning, in part, that they have met accreditation standards and entered a written agreement with the Department.

In total, there are 6,502 US-based Title IV institutions in the US. Of these, 1,955 are public (30 percent), 1,826 private, not-for-profit (28 percent), and 2,721 private, for profit (42 percent). By level, 2,836 institutions are four-year (44 percent), 1,905 two-year (29 percent), and 1,761 less-than-two-year (27 percent).

Within the four-year level, over half of institutions are private, not-for-profit institutions (1,597; 56 percent). Public four-year institutions account for 26 percent of the level (751) and private, for-profits 17 percent (488). At the two-year level, 51 percent of institutions are public (969), 41 percent private, for profit (782), and 8 percent of institutions are private, not-for-profit (154).

With exception of the less-than-two-year level, more students attend public institutions than private. Although the graphic illustrates that there are many more private, four-year not-for-profit institutions, there are still twice as many students attending the public four-year institutions than private.

SOURCE: Ginder, S.A., Kelly-Reid, J.E., and Mann, F.B. (2018). Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2017–18; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2016–17; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2016–17: First Look (Preliminary Data) (NCES 2018-060). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved [date] from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch. Graphic by Educational Policy Institute on June 6, 2018.