There are about 3600 colleges in the United States, which educate about 12 million students (as of 1995). Many of those students will never graduate, and many will become depressed, addicted, or otherwise lost spiritually and mentally. Many develop health problems as a result of risky behavior.
Only about 57% of the college population, or about 7 million, are aged 18–24 years, representing only about one-fourth of that age group in any given year. A larger percentage, perhaps half, of persons aged 20–24, have attended college without necessarily graduating.
Less than 1% of the nation's colleges—only 20 schools—possess a large percentage of the overall college endowments. Only about 70 colleges—about 2% of the total—hold endowments in excess of $1 billion. Only Grove City College, Hillsdale College and Patrick Henry College are not heavily dependent on funding by the federal government.
- Conservative colleges
- List of American colleges
- The College Board's easy-to-search guide to colleges
- National Center for Education Statistics. Digest of education statistics, 1996. Washington, DC: US Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1996; NCES publication no. 96-133.
- Bureau of the Census. Statistical abstract of the United States, 1996 (116th edition). Washington, DC: US Department of Commerce, 1996.
- Kominski R, Adams A. Educational attainment in the United States: March 1993 and 1992. Washington, DC: US Bureau of the Census, 1994. Current Population Reports no. P20-476.