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2023 American Sign Language Students

There are about 17,433 students enrolled in American Sign Language in the USA.

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College can be an especially formative adventure in one's life; it's an opportunity for individual growth and expansion. Students begin to capture who they would like to become and cultivate many of the needed skills to become a successful member of society. But learning isn't simply found in the classroom - the campus dialogue, the personal lesson received from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different perspective. Therefore, finding a diverse college tremendously enhances what you gain from your time spent in school.

American Sign Language is a less racially diverse focus than average*. 76% of America's American Sign Language majors are white students, followed by latino students (10%), black students (7%), and students of other races**(5%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Valdosta State University located in Valdosta, GA.

Moreover, American Sign Language skews very heavily female, more so narrowly above 7 in 8 subjects. Faintly above 5/6 of students majoring in American Sign Language identify as women. Gallaudet University in Washington, DC has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another important type of diversity is wealth diversity. Unfortunately, American Sign Language is less fiscally diverse than 66% of focuses in the United States. 33% of its majors come from families taking in less than $30,000 a year, 17% are from lower middle>income households, and 20% grew up in families with $110,000 plus annual incomes. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis is the most socioeconomically diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall IN is the most diverse state for American Sign Language. The Southwest is the most diverse region, and the Horizon 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: 2%

  • Black: 7%

  • Latino: 10%

  • White: 76%

  • Other: 5%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 16%

  • Female: 84%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 33%

  • 30k - 48k: 17%

  • 48k - 75k: 17%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 20%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 73%

  • Out of State: 24%

  • International: 2%

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