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2023 Biology Students

There are about 296,216 students enrolled in Biology in the USA.

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College often can be a profoundly impactful investment in one's life; it is a time for individual progress and development. Undergraduates continue to learn who they are as people and forge many of the crucial skills to become a flourishing member of society. But growth isn't solely found in the classroom - the campus dialogue, the life lesson gained from an eccentric instructor, the exposure to a different stance on an issue. As such, a diverse student experience vastly improves what one gains from the time in college.

Biology is a more popular subject for students of color than white students. 45% of America's Biology majors are white students, followed by asian students (24%), latino students (15%), and students of other races**(9%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is Cornell University located in Ithaca, NY.

In addition, Biology significatly skews female, with 63% of students majoring in Biology identifying as women. Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another important type of diversity is economic diversity. Biology is somewhere near the median for financial diversity (58th percentile). 30% of its majors come from very high income households, 16% are from households who make between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 25% grew up in households who earn south of $30,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most financially diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall NY is the most diverse state for Biology. 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: 24%

  • Black: 7%

  • Latino: 15%

  • White: 45%

  • Other: 9%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 37%

  • Female: 63%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 25%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 14%

  • Over 110k: 30%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 64%

  • Out of State: 28%

  • International: 8%

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