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2023 Chemical Engineering Students

There are about 24,690 students enrolled in Chemical Engineering in the USA.

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College can be a vastly formative time in one's life; it's a time for personal growth and maturation. Pupils attempt to learn what they wish to become and build the requisite skills to be a prosperous member of society. But growth also happens outside a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Descarte with a peer, the wild anecdote learned from a tenured professor, the exposure to a different vantage point. As such, a diverse univeristy experience greatly enriches what you gain from your time in university.

Chemical Engineering is a more racially diverse subject than average*. 52% of the US' Chemical Engineering majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(24%), asian students (14%), and latino students (8%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is University of Houston located in Houston, TX.

Secondly, Chemical Engineering significatly skews male, with 65% of students majoring in Chemical Engineering identifying as men. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Another significant type of diversity is class diversity. Sadly, Chemical Engineering is one of America's least economically diverse subjects (Bottom 36%). 31% of its students come from households with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 16% are from mid-income households, and 24% grew up in low income families. Oklahoma State University-Main Campus has the most socioeconomically diverse students in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall NJ is the most diverse state for Chemical Engineering. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Conference USA 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: 14%

  • Black: 3%

  • Latino: 8%

  • White: 52%

  • Other: 24%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 65%

  • Female: 35%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 24%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 31%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 65%

  • Out of State: 27%

  • International: 7%

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