Representation of North American Universities in the World
What is the total number of universities in North America? In 2020, there are 1,893 officially accredited higher-education institutions in North America, according to the Topuniversitieslist website. Given that the Topuniversitieslist website contains a total of 13,723 officially accredited higher education entities, the following is the percentage of North American universities in the world:
13.8 percent, according to the Topuniversitieslist North American Universities World Representation Index.
With a population of 4,9% of the global population (source: United Nations' International Population Prospects, 2015 Revision), the North American higher education infrastructure and offerings seem to be substantially overrepresented in the world, at least in terms of the amount of higher education institutions.
Universities in North America: Public vs. Private
In North America, how many public and private universities are there? 683 are public (i.e., publicly associated with or operated by central, state, or local governments) and 1206 are private, out of a total of 1,893 accredited higher education institutions in North America listed in the Topuniversitieslist database. The remaining North American universities in the Topuniversitieslist database may not have some form of influence, or it has not been published.
In terms of the amount of public and private universities in the North American region as a whole, the Topuniversitieslist database indicates a far greater presence of private higher education institutions. However, public higher education establishments account for 160 of the top 200 universities in North America (or 80%). In each North American country's higher education framework, differences and peculiarities can still remain.
Non-profit vs. for-profit organizations North American universities
Universities in North America are what kind of institutions are they? There are 1,838 non-profit and 53 for-profit higher education organizations in the Topuniversitieslist index, out of a total of 1,893 accredited higher education institutions in North America. The remaining North American universities in the Topuniversitieslist database are either undisclosed or have not stated their form of institution. The overwhelming majority of public higher education entities in North America are non-for-profit organizations, not strictly legally, but definitely in terms of structure and administrative functions such as role, reach, and goal.
North America's higher education sector faces a number of challenges.
What are the most pressing issues confronting higher education in North America today? The key challenges facing North America's higher education sector, according to Topuniversitieslist, include declining student attendance, shrinking public support, financial problems, and lower global rankings.
North America's Top 200 Universities
Topuniversitieslist publishes a non-academic list of North America's top 200 universities twice a year, based on accurate, impartial, and non-influenceable online measurements generated by independent web intelligence outlets. For more detail, see the rating methodology on the About Us tab.
The following is a list of the top ten universities in North America, as determined by the 2020 Topuniversitieslist University Ranking:
Top 10 Universities in North America
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