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2023 African-American Studies Students

There are about 2,404 students enrolled in African-American Studies in the USA.

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College can be one of the most poignant adventures in one's life; it is an opportunity for individual growth and development. Scholars begin to find out what they are capable of and cultivate the essential skills to be a successful adult. But learning is not completely confined to a classroom - the conversations which one has with their peers, the wild anecdote gained from an old professor, the exposure to a different way of viewing the world. Therefore, attending a diverse college vastly improves what you gain from your time spent in college.

African-American Studies is a more popular major for students of color than white students. Black students account for a higher percetage of African-American Studies majors than any other subject. 70% of the nation's African-American Studies majors are black students, followed by latino students (11%), students of other races**(11%), and white students (7%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is University of California-Santa Barbara located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Second, African-American Studies significatly skews female, with a shade north of two thirds of students majoring in African-American Studies identifying as women. Amherst College in Amherst, MA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another important type of diversity is income diversity. African-American Studies is somewhere around the median for class diversity (49th percentile). 30% of its students come from households with a sub $30,000 yearly income, 17% are from lower income households, and 24% grew up in homes making above $110,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the most socioeconomically diverse college in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall MA is the most diverse state for African-American Studies. The New England is the most diverse region, and the Ivy League is the most diverse conference.

* diversity calculations and comparisons are based on Simpson's Diversity Index
** other races is used to refer to non asian, black, latino, or white

Diversity Statistics

Racial Diversity
  • Asian: 1%

  • Black: 70%

  • Latino: 11%

  • White: 7%

  • Other: 11%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 32%

  • Female: 68%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 30%

  • 30k - 48k: 17%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 13%

  • Over 110k: 24%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 71%

  • Out of State: 22%

  • International: 7%

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