Top 10 Biggest Colleges in the U.S.

Posted by in Education | Updated on November 28, 2022
At a Glance: U.S. is home to some of the largest universities in the world. Some universities are so huge in terms of the number of students enrolled, they’re called mega-universities. These universities can accommodate thousands of students, professors, research scholars, and more.

Have you ever wondered what the largest universities in the United States are?  In this article, we have listed the ten largest United States public university campuses by enrollment as of 2021.

10 Largest Universities in the United States by Enrollment

Please note that this list only includes individual four-year campuses.

Read on to learn more, or check out our video Best American Universities for International Students!

RankSchoolEnrollment
1Liberty University 75,044
2California State University, Fullerton70,681
3Texas A&M University — College Station67,580
4University of Central Florida66,183
5The Ohio State University — Columbus59,837
6University of Maryland, University College59,379
7Florida International University56,851
8University of Florida52,669
9University of Minnesota — Twin Cities51,848
10The University of Texas at Austin51,525

5 Largest Universities in the United States

The United States is home to some of the largest universities in the world. In fact, some universities are so huge in terms of the number of students enrolled there at a single point in time that they can actually rival the population of a small town.

Obviously, these universities come with huge sprawling campuses that accommodate thousands of students, professors, research scholars, and more.

The following are the 5 largest universities in the United States at present:

  1. Liberty University
  2. California State University (Fullerton)
  3. Texas A&M (College Station)
  4. University of Central Florida
  5. The Ohio State University (Columbus)

Each of these universities is discussed in more detail below.

Liberty University

Liberty University is a privately-owned Christian university and is, in fact, one of the 5 largest Christian universities in the world.

Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is home to more than 15,000 students enrolled in various courses along with 94,000 students enrolled in its online courses.

The University is comprised of 17 colleges or schools, each of which has its own area of specialization. There are more than 600 courses to choose from with some of the most popular ones being those pertaining to law, medicine, aviation, cinematic arts, and business.

The Liberty University athletics teams are popularly called the Liberty Flames and they have their own college football team as well. The mission statement of Liberty University is to ensure that its students get theoretical knowledge as well as practical exposure so that they are ready for gainful employment in the world.

California State University (Fullerton)

The California State University system is an unimaginably huge family of 23 university campuses of which their Fullerton campus is one of the biggest, not just in the State of California but in the whole United States.

In fact, the Fullerton campus is CSU’s third most popular campus in terms of the number of transfer applications received for the CSU, Fullerton.

The university has a total enrolment of more than 40,000 students with a faculty strength of 2000 plus. It offers 109 different degrees spread across its undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges.

Some of its more popular colleges include Arts, Business & Economics, Communications, Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and Health & Human Development. The Fullerton campus has also been designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institution (AANAPISI).

Texas A&M (College Station)

The original founder member of the Texas A & M University System, the Texas A & M University located in College Station, Texas is the state’s flagship university and the only university in Texas to be designated as a land, sea, and space grant university.

It is a public research university and is currently hosting research projects that are funded by organizations like NASA, the National Sciences Foundation, and the National Institute of Health.

The University is comprised of 10 colleges and 18 research institutes which together offer more than 150 courses at various levels. Their campus sprawls over a massive 5,200 acres and is also home to the renowned George Bush Presidential Library.

More than 64,000 students are currently enrolled at Texas A&M which also includes a volunteer Corps of Cadets at Texas A & M. It is one of the select few universities in the United States to be designated as a Senior Military College too.

University of Central Florida

If we consider the number of students enrolled, the University of Central Florida definitely tops the charts as being the biggest university in the United States.

It was founded in 1963 as the Florida Technical University with the primary aim of assisting the government with its space program.

However, over the years, the university expanded its academic courses to include many other disciplines too so eventually it was turned into the University of Central Florida in 1978. However, even now, the university is designated as a primary space grant university.

The current enrolment statistics show that more than 66,000 students are enrolled in various courses at the University of Central Florida. The student body is a fairly diversified group too as students from 157 different countries are enrolled here.

The top majors here include courses like Health Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, and Integrated Business.

The Ohio State University (Columbus)

The Ohio State University is one of the older universities of the United States and the third biggest in the country in terms of the size of the campus. It is a public research university and a designated land grant university.

With more than 200 majors, the Ohio State University is not just a huge university because of its campus but also because of the number of students enrolled there. There are more than 1000 student organizations, three student governments, and their own athletics and football teams. The university also has regional campuses in Lima, Newark, Wooster, Mansfield, and Marion.

5 Largest Universities for International Students

If you are focused on looking for bigger numbers in the international student count, check out our second list. According to IIE Open doors report, the following are the 5 largest universities in the United States for International Students.

Below, we list the 5 schools with the largest international student enrollments along with the enrollment numbers:

  1.    University of Southern California – 8,615
  2.    University of Illinois – 7,991
  3.    New York University – 7,988
  4.    Purdue University  – 7,562
  5.    Columbia University – 7,297

No matter where you choose, make sure it is the right university for you! Big schools tend to be very exciting and will almost always have something for you to do.

On the weekends, many students might escape to their hometowns or take in the city the school is located. However, there is no doubt that bigger campuses offer tons to do on campus!

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