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How Many Universities in the US

There are 4,495 Univesities and Colleges in the US. Degree-granting institutions, 2,774 4-year institutions and 1,721 2-year institutions.

College/university = same thing here. both will provide a four year Bachelor degree. Most operate privately or as part of state governments.
 
The survey found that the area with the highest percentage of people 25 years and over with a bachelor’s degree was the District of Columbia (45.9 percent), followed by the states of Massachusetts (37 percent), Maryland (35.1 percent), Colorado (34.3 percent), and Connecticut (33.7 percent). The state with the lowest percentage of people 25 years and over with a bachelor’s degree was West Virginia (16.5 percent), next lowest were Arkansas (18.2), Mississippi (18.8 percent), Kentucky (20 percent), and Louisiana (20.3 percent).

The 2004 Digest of Education Statistics, from the National Center for Education Statistics, has data up to 2003-04. It says that in 2003-04, there were 4,236 “degree-granting institutions.”

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d04/tables/dt04_244.asp

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