What colleges Have the Most students?


The more, the merrier! That’s often true when it comes to wild celebrations and festivals, but it might depend when it comes to the college experience.

Having a lot of students at a college can be ideal, especially if you’re an extrovert and love to meet new people and make new friends.

Plus, it’s a whole lot easier to raise funds when there are a lot of people to persuade. And imagine the Greek life with hundreds of “brothers” and “sisters”!

These colleges might not be for you, though, if you like your alone-time and your space in the library or the dining hall, or you might be looking for more selective schools.

But these large schools also have quality education, good facilities, and interesting campus life that’s always brimming with laughter and fun.

Here are the top 10 colleges with the most enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time, and studying degree and non-degree programs).

The figures are from the latest reports from each of the college’s websites.

Liberty University


Liberty University expansice campus photo source: liberty.edu

Location: Lynchburg, Virginia

Student Population: more than 110,000

Type: private, non-profit

Facts: Aside from being the largest college by total number of current student population, Liberty University claims that it is the largest Christian university in the entire world.

Founded in 1971, Liberty University offers 545 academic programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees.


University of Central Florida


Campus at University of Central Florida- image source: ucf.edu

Location: Orlando, Florida

Student Population: more than 63,000

Type: state university

Facts: Founded in 1963, UCF offers 206 programs to its students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctor’s degrees. According to the school, 48% of its students graduate without having to pay off study loans or debts.


Ohio State University-Columbus


Ohio State University is pretty large-image source: en.wikipedia.org

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Student Population: 58,663

Type: state university

Facts: Commonly called “Ohio State”, this college in Columbus is a state university that’s part of the Ohio university system, which has campuses in Lima, Wooster, Mansfield, Newark, and Marion (the student population at the Columbus campus makes up around 90% of the total university student body).

It was founded in 1870, and began as “Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College”.


Texas A & M University-College Station


Texas A&M University another big college with lots students enrolled- image source: tamu.edu

Location: College Station, Texas

Student Population: 57,934

Type: state university

Facts: Texas A & M University in College Station is the flagship college of the Texas university system.

It has the highest number among the system (with its student population being 90% of the total count).

It opened in 1876 as the “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas”, and now the university offers around 400 academic degrees.


Grand Canyon University


Grand Canyon University multiple buildings to handle amount of students enrolled- photo courtesy: strand.com

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Student Population: 55,497

Type: private, for-profit

Facts: The Grand Canyon University began in 1949, and is the only for-profit academic institution participating in the NCAA Division I games (although the school had started out as a non-profit)

Furthermore, it was the first for-profit college in the entire country.

The university offers a degree in Christian theology.

Although the university had different campuses in Arizona, most managed by the college of nursing, and one by the master’s program in education.


Walden University


Castle like campus Walden University- photo courtesy: mystudentportals.com

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota (headquarters)

Student Population: more than 51,000

Type: online school; public benefit corporation (a corporate organization that offers opportunities for the betterment of the community, and has to be authorized by DC and 30 states)

Facts: This for-profit university, together with 80 universities across 29 countries, is managed by the Laureate Education, Inc.

Walden was started in 1970 and started out as a school for working adults who wanted to earn degrees.

The school offers academic programs in business and management, education, criminal justice, health, information technology, nursing, psychology and counseling, public policy, and social work.

What makes this university unique is that it only offers online degrees.


University of Texas at Austin


Student population University Texas Austin- photo source: utexas.edu

Location: Austin, Texas

Student Population: 50,950

Type: state university

Facts: It was founded in 1883 as the “University of Texas”, and has since become the flagship college of the Texas university system.

It has 342 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate schools, and has 450 programs for those who want to study abroad.

UT at Austin has 7 museums and 17 libraries, considering it’s one of the best public research institutions in the country.


Michigan State University


Michigan State University image source: en.wikipedia.org

Location: East Lansing, Michigan

Student Population: 50,543

Type: state university

Facts: The Michigan State University was the country’s first land-grant academic institution.

It began in 1855 as the “Agricultural College of the State of Michigan”, and was one of the earliest post-secondary schools that taught agricultural science.

MSU also became one of the earliest colleges that offered programs and degrees in packaging, hospitality, music therapy, supply chain management, and many more.


University of Florida


Big Campus for all the enrollees at University of Florida-photo source: ufl.edu

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Student Population: 49,785

Type: state university

Facts: It started in 1853, and is one of the oldest members of the Florida university system.

It was ranked No. 1 among the members of the Association of American Universities with the highest number of Hispanic students getting a master’s degree, and was No. 2 in such students getting a bachelor’s.

Its Sid Martin biotechnology incubator was ranked the best in the world, according to a Sweden-based research group.

Its athletic programs are also constantly ranked at the top.


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


University Minnesota Twin Cities campus so big it looks like its own island- photo source: umn.edu

Location: Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota

Student Population: 48,231

Type: state university

Facts: Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is the flagship university of and oldest school in the Minnesota university system.

The campus in Minneapolis and the one in St. Paul are 3 miles apart. The University also has campuses in Rochester, Duluth, Morris, and Crookston.

It is also recognized as one of the universities with the highest research activity as an R1 Doctoral University, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Rob Clark

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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