Interesting Facts about American Colleges and Universities

  • College students constitute approximately 5% of the whole population of the United States.
  • About 60% of U.S. college students are women.
  • 30% of college students will not graduate.
  • An average college student spends more than $1,000 on textbooks.
  • Most students favor printed textbooks over electronic ones.
  • Arizona State University is the largest public university in the country with over 72,000 students.
  • About 20 percent of undergraduates aged 25 and under work more than 20 hours per week.
  • More than 60% of college graduates have student loan debt.
  • About 50% of college students involve in binge drinking; half of the alcohol is consumed by students who are under age; and more than 1,000 students die yearly because of alcohol-related injuries.
  • 90% of students are Facebook users; 10% of college admission counselors check Facebook accounts of the applicants; and nearly half of consultants find unflattering photos and posts.
  • Out of 25 largest stadiums in the world, 14 belong to U.S. college football teams.
  • Celebrities who dropped out of college include James Cameron, Woody Allen, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ben Affleck.
  • Eight U.S. Presidents – Barack Obama, George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, John Quincy Adams, and John Adams – graduated from Harvard University.
  • The University of Virginia was established and designed by President of the United States Thomas Jefferson.
  • Harvard library is the largest academic library in the United States, having more than 13 million volumes.
  • Gatorade was created by researchers from the University of Florida.
  • The infamous freshman 15 is not a myth actually: the majority of college students gain about 5 pounds during their first year in college.
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