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Average Students To Faculty Ratio At U.S. Colleges

What Is The Average Students To Faculty Ratio?

The students to faculty ratio is the total number of students over the number of faculties. When then ratio is low, it is assumed that a students will have more chances to meet or get helped from teachers and professors. Therefore, the students to faculty ratio is one of important consideration when choosing colleges and schools tries to keep it low.
The average students to faculty ratio of U.S. colleges is 15 to 1. It is based on all institutions' ratio where the students and faculty information is available. In public colleges, the student faculty ratio is 16 to 1 and private schools' ratio is 12 to 1. By school levels, the students to faculty ratio at four-years colleges is 14 to 1 and community colleges' ratio is 17 to 1.
The next schools are the top 5 U.S. colleges that have the lowest students to faculty ratio. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the lowest ratio of 3 to 1 among U.S. colleges. Northcentral University and Yale University also have lower ratio of 3 to 1 and 4 to 1 respectively. For the ranking, we exclude community colleges and four-colleges with less than 5,000 students.
The following table summarizes the average students to faculty ratio in United States.
The Average Students To Faculty Ratio
TotalPublicPrivate (not-for-profit)Private (for-profit)
Total14.88 to 116.16 to 111.86 to 115.86 to 1
4 years or high13.77 to 116.94 to 111.76 to 115.16 to 1
2-4 years16.87 to 117.06 to 112.30 to 117.66 to 1
less than 1 year14.53 to 110.23 to 113.01 to 115.28 to 1