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Number of U.S. Colleges and Universities and Degrees Awarded, 2005

Number Enrollment
Public 4-year institutions 629 6,837,605
Private 4-year institutions 1,845 4,161,815
Public 2-year institutions 1,070 6,184,229
Private 2-year institutions 596 303,826
Total 4,140 17,487,475
Undergraduate 14,473,884
Graduate 2,097,511
Professional 329,076
Number Number
Degrees awarded:
Associate 696,660 Doctorate 52,631
Bachelor's 1,439,264 Professional 87,289
Master's 574,618
Enrollment highlights:
Women 57.4% Minority 30.9%
Full-time 61.7% Foreign 3.3%
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2006.

Accredited U.S. Senior Colleges and Universities Higher Education Bachelor's Degrees Earned by Field, 1980–2005