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2023 Applied Physics Students

There are about 2,168 students enrolled in Applied Physics in the USA.

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College can be a very significant time in one's life; it is a time for individual growth and expansion. Undergrads begin to find out who they are as people and build many of the must-have skills to become a thriving adult. But learning is deeper than what one learns in a classroom - the campus dialogue, the nugget of wisdom gained from an old professor, the exposure to a different frame of reference. Therefore, a diverse college experience greatly enhances what one gains from the time spent in school.

Applied Physics is a slightly more ethnically diverse subject than average*. 63% of the United States' Applied Physics majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(15%), asian students (9%), and black students (7%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is Eastern Michigan University&nbspin Ypsilanti, MI.

Secondly, Applied Physics significatly skews male, with a bit over 7 in every 9 students majoring in Applied Physics identifying as men. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is Loras College in Dubuque, IA.

Another significant type of diversity is class diversity. Unfortunately, Applied Physics ranks in the bottom 11% of majors class diversity. 35% of its students come from very high income households, 16% are from households with $75,000 to $110,000 annual incomes, and 20% grew up in families who bring in under $30,000 a year. Murray State University is the most socioeconomically diverse college in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for Applied Physics. The Mid East is the most diverse region, and the University Athletic Association 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: 9%

  • Black: 7%

  • Latino: 6%

  • White: 63%

  • Other: 15%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 79%

  • Female: 21%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 20%

  • 30k - 48k: 13%

  • 48k - 75k: 15%

  • 75k - 110k: 16%

  • Over 110k: 35%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 57%

  • Out of State: 35%

  • International: 8%

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