More than 10 million Americans attended college in 2016, a record high for the year.
Many of them have a choice of the five colleges or universities that make up the consortium of public and private schools.
There are also the options that are available online, and a wide variety of options that go beyond the traditional universities.
Here are the top five colleges and universities with the highest number of students.
Top five colleges & universities with highest number students: The University of Chicago, $70.3bn US, 5.1 million students The University at Buffalo, $63.5bn US The University in California, $57bn US In the US, the top 5 universities are all in the Midwest and are clustered around the city of Chicago.
In 2016, more than 4.4 million students attended these five universities, according to the US Department of Education.
Some of the other top schools in the region include: The Ohio State University, $60bn US