7,685 Colleges and Universities in the United States
As you can see below, I created a visualization using the coordinates of all 7,685 active HigherEd Institutions in the US. I started playing with all the statistics in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) after reading Phil Hill's articles on the new IPEDS Data. The amount of facts & figures on US HigherEd institutions is impressive and worth exploring. Go ahead, play with the large (over 800KB - sorry) visualization below. To get the number of institutions in a state, a category or classifications, simply click away and the map will automatically update. If you zoom out the map, you can also see Hawaii, Alaska etc. The sheer volume of instutions is astounding... hours of fun I tell you.
Let me know what you think!