Sizing Up Colleges: Big vs. Small

One Size Does Not Fit All

Colleges can range in size from more than 35,000 students to under 1,000

As you begin your college search, one of the first decisions you need to make — and one that helps narrow your list — is what size college you want to attend. U.S. colleges offer many options, from small colleges with fewer than 1,000 students to large state universities with more than 35,000 students. What's best for you depends a lot on your personality and academic goals.

College Search to research two-year and four-year colleges and find the size that meets your needs.


Expert Q&A

Dr. Joyce V. Brown , Counseling Consultant, Chicago Public Schools

A campus visit can help you make decisions about what you’re looking for in a college. Find out what you can do to get the best experience from your campus visit.

There are a lot of things to think about when you’re looking at colleges. Deciding what’s most important to you makes finding the right fit easier.