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Student to Faculty Ratio

US Colleges And Universities

US Colleges And Universities

Student to Faculty Ratio

For academic year 2015-2016, the average student to faculty ratio of US colleges and universities is 14.98 to 1. It indicates that there are about 15 students for every one instructional faculty and staff. For public schools, the ratio is 16.84 to 1 and 14.17 for private schools. Following table and chart illustrate the student to faculty ratio of US colleges and universities by school controls and levels.
AveragePublic SchoolsPrivate Schools
4 Years (or high)14.06 to 117.33 to 112.85 to 1
2-4 Years16.73 to 118.05 to 115.43 to 1
Less than 2 Years14.46 to 110.53 to 115.09 to 1
Average14.98 to 116.84 to 114.17 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.

Faculty Statistics

There are 1,484,599 instructional staffs including professors, faculties, instructors, and teaching staffs with full-time or part-time status in US colleges and universities. By school type, 920,056 instructional staffs are working for public schools and 564,543 for private schools. By employment status, there are 746,232 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.
TotalPublic SchoolsPrivate Schools
Full-timePart-TimeFull-timePart-TimeFull-timePart-Time
4 Years (or high)616,803491,188 373,878213,189 242,925277,999
2-4 Years117,263235,893 106,301220,338 10,96215,555
Less than 2 Years12,16611,286 2,7243,626 9,4427,660
Total746,232738,367 482,903437,153 263,329301,214
Student-to-faculty ratio: total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs.
***All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2016-2017.