Education Fun Facts 2018

Education Fun Facts 2018

From the most common majors to most affordable colleges, we share several education fun facts. How does your major or state stack up against the others?

States with the Most College Students

Based on the amount of students enrolled in college versus the overall population, here are the top 10 states with the most students:


College Students as
Percentage of Population

New Hampshire 11.00%
Washington DC 10.65%
Utah 10.25%
West Virginia 7.97%
North Dakota 6.76%
Kansas 6.65%
Nebraska 6.64%
Rhode Island 6.56%
Minnesota 6.50%
Massachusetts 6.48%


States with the Largest Distribution of Colleges and Universities

This list is based on both private and public institutions based in the state:


Number of Institutions

California 1246
New York 632
Pennsylvania 544
Texas 506
Florida 439
Illinois 391
Ohio 386
Michigan 302
Massachusetts 261
Missouri 242


Most Common Majors in the US

Majors differ year-to-year, but the most recent data shows that these are the top 10 majors that undergrads are currently seeking degrees in:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Communications
  3. Government/Political Science
  4. Business
  5. Economics
  6. English Language and Literature
  7. Psychology
  8. Nursing
  9. Chemical Engineering
  10. Biology


Best College Majors for Your Career

Although it doesn’t quite align with the most popular college majors above, this list has the best college majors for your career. It’s based on salary as well as projected job growth:

  1. Nursing
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Mechanical Engineering
  5. Computer Science
  6. Management Information Systems
  7. Business Administration
  8. Physics
  9. Actuarial Mathematics
  10. Finance


Most Affordable Colleges



California State University 1
University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley 2
Fayetteville State University 3
University of Texas-El Paso 4
Utah Valley University 5
East Central University 6
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice 7
CUNY John Jay College of Technology 8
Indiana University – Northwest 9
University of Houston - Downtown 10


What stats stand out the most to you?