10 colleges, universities with the most COVID-19 cases

At least 26,000 COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths have occurred at U.S. colleges and universities, according to The New York Times.

The Times surveyed more than 1,500 academic institutions on cumulative case counts, including every four-year public institution in the U.S. and every private college that competes in NCAA sports, among others.

Below are 10 universities and colleges with the most cases since March 1. Data represents cases per 100,000 residents reported each week in the county where each school is located. 

  1. University of Alabama at Birmingham — 972 cases per 100,000* 

  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — 835

  3. University of Central Florida (Orlando) — 727

  4. University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) — 568

  5. Auburn (Ala.) University — 557

  6. North Carolina State University (Raleigh) — 509

  7. University of Georgia (Athens) — 504

  8. Texas A&M University (College Station) — 500

  9. University of Texas at Austin — 483

  10. University of Notre Dame (Ind.) — 473 

Editor's note: An asterisk denotes the case count includes cases from a medical school, medical center, teaching hospital or clinical setting affiliated with the school. In an Aug. 16 statement, University of Alabama at Birmingham said NYT's dashboard was "misleading" and that UAB's data, which includes clinical enterprise cases, was shared out of context with other comparable institutions. UAB said it's had 239 university cases in 2020. By including an additional 733 clinical cases in this count, NYT "grossly misrepresented its data in a way that greatly overstates the virus footprint at UAB," the university said.

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