Student to Faculty Ratio
For academic year 2017-2018, the average student to faculty ratio of US colleges and universities is 14.86 to 1. It indicates that there are about 15 students for every one instructional faculty and staff. For public schools, the ratio is 16.80 to 1 and 14.04 for private schools. Following table and chart illustrate the student to faculty ratio of US colleges and universities by school controls and levels.
|Average||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|4 Years (or high)||13.84 to 1||17.24 to 1||12.60 to 1|
|2-4 Years||16.56 to 1||17.95 to 1||15.24 to 1|
|Less than 2 Years||14.56 to 1||10.95 to 1||15.10 to 1|
|Average||14.86 to 1||16.80 to 1||14.04 to 1|
|Student-to-faculty ratio: total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs.|
There are 1,403,704 instructional staffs including professors, faculties, instructors, and teaching staffs with full-time or part-time status in US colleges and universities. By school type, 868,012 instructional staffs are working for public schools and 535,692 for private schools. By employment status, there are 665,337 full-time and 738,367 part-time faculties in US colleges and universities. Next table and chart shows the number of instructional staffs by school type, levels, and employment status.
|Total||Public Schools||Private Schools|
|4 Years (or high)||536,421||491,188||322,792||213,189||213,629||277,999|
|Less than 2 Years||12,166||11,286||2,724||3,626||9,442||7,660|