Every young adult goes to college seeking out the famed “college experience”. However, that experience varies from school to school. Students who go to large schools have a much different atmosphere surrounding them than those who attend a small liberal arts college. Your environment is a small city at a large university, not a closely knit community. For those of you who feel you would like such a “small city” experience, here are the 25 most populous universities/colleges as of 2011, according to the NCES. Schools that are largely online, for profit, or a community college, were excluded from our list.

 

25.

University of South Florida – 39,596

24.

University of Houston – 39,820

23.

Rutgers University – 39,950

22.

Purdue University – 40,849

21.

Florida State University – 41,087

20.

University of Wisconsin, Madison – 41,946

19.

Broward College – 42,198

18.

University of Washington – 42,444

17.

Valencia College – 42,631

16.

University of Maryland, University College – 42,713

15.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – 42,716

14.

Indiana University, Bloomington – 42,731

13.

New York University – 43,911

12.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – 44,407

11.

Florida International University – 44,616

10.

Penn State – 45,628

9.

Michigan State University – 47,825

8.

University of Florida – 49,589

7.

Texas A&M University, College Station – 50,230

6.

University of Texas at Austin – 51,112

5.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – 52,557

4.

Ohio State University – 56,867

3.

University of Central Florida – 58,465

2.

Miami Dade College – 63,736

1.

Arizona State University – 72, 254

 

 

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