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Colleges & Universities – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 8221  |  NAICS 611310

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

For guides to other industries, see our index of over 400 industries.

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Colleges & Universities  (view report)
For-Profit Universities  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Private Colleges: Fact File

Fact file provides a snapshot of the U.S. nonprofit college and university sector, with topics covered in this section including student enrollment, number of institutions, student demographics, grant aid awards, Pell Grant awards, student-to-faculty ratio, student involvement in campus and community activities, nontraditional learning paths, impact of completion time on costs, and student loan levels.

National Center for Education Statistics
Digest of Education Statistics: Chapter 3 - Post-Secondary Education

Digest statistical tables provide detailed data on higher education institutions, with topics covered by the digest including enrollment rates, enrollment levels and characteristics, student demographics, faculty and staff levels and characteristics, faculty salaries and benefits, degrees conferred, trends in degrees by field, student graduation rates, and revenues and expenditures by type of institution.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools  Search for "611310"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Colleges & Universities
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Association of University Professors
Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession

Annual salary survey provides compensation data for full-time faculty members by academic degree and rank (e.g., professor, associate, assistant, instructor, lecturer, and none), type of institution (e.g., public, private, and religious), gender, and region, and also provides compensation data for selected senior administrative job positions and part-time faculty members and graduate teaching assistants.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Information resources available from this organization include:

Faculty Salaries
Free online database provides faculty salaries by college or university, state, type of institution (2-year, 4-year, public, private, and for-profit), and Carnegie classification for over 4,700 institutions, with salary data available by gender and academic rank (e.g., professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, lecturer, and no rank) on a nine-month-equivalent contract year basis for the last 10 years.

Staff Salaries
Free online database provides full-time non-medical non-instructional staff salaries by institution, state, type of institution (e.g., two-year, four-year, public, private, and for-profit), and Carnegie classification for over 4,700 institutions, with salary data available by Standard Occupational Classification Manual (SOC) occupational categories on a twelve-month-equivalent contract year basis for the last 10 years.

National Center for Education Statistics
Digest of Education Statistics: Chapter 3 - Faculty Salaries and Benefits

Digest statistical tables provide average salaries and average benefits for full-time instructional faculty members on nine month contracts by gender, state, academic year, academic degree (e.g., doctoral, master's, and other), academic rank (e.g., professor, associate, assistant, instructor, lecturer, and no rank), and type of educational institution (e.g., 2-year, 4-year, public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit).

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Private company sales transaction data for over 800 industries.

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