Market Overview

Research and Markets: 2012 Report on the $360 Billion US Colleges & Universities Market


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Colleges & Universities" report to their offering.

The US colleges and universities industry includes about 4,400 degree-granting institutions with combined annual revenue of about $360 billion. About 80 percent of industry revenue is generated by state-operated public schools, 20 percent by private schools. Some 1,600 schools are public, and 2,800 are private. Close to 75 percent of students are enrolled in public schools. A majority of students (including graduate students) are enrolled in four-year schools; about 40 percent are in two-year (junior or community) colleges, which are covered in the Community Colleges industry profile.

About 30 percent of people of traditional college age worldwide are enrolled in a college or university, according to the World Bank. North America boasts the highest percentage of enrolled college-age students at 84 percent, followed by Europe and Central Asia (58 percent).

Competitive Landscape:

Demand for higher education services is largely driven by population dynamics, but also by employer requirements. The financial success of schools is closely related to the number of students enrolled, because many costs are fixed. Public schools have the advantage of public funding and are typically larger than private schools. Small schools can compete effectively by providing a superior education. The industry is labor-intensive: average annual revenue per worker is about $90,000.

Products, Operations & Technology:

Colleges and universities provide educational instruction leading to the granting of a degree that testifies to the student's competence.

Key Topics Covered:

Industry Overview

Quarterly Industry Update

Business Challenges

Business Trends

Industry Opportunities

Call Preparation Questions

Financial Information

Industry Forecast

Web Links and Acronyms

Countries Covered


For more information visit

Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager.
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Sector: Government and Public Sector

View Comments and Join the Discussion!