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2023 Communication and Media Studies Students

There are about 251,895 students enrolled in Communication and Media Studies in the USA.

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College is a fabulously influential time in one's life; it is an opportunity for personal progress and expansion. Undergrads start to find out what they can become and build many of the needed skills to be a prosperous member of society. But learning is more than sitting in a classroom environment - the interactions one has with her peers, the personal lesson gained from an eccentric instructor, the exposure to a different stance on an issue. Therefore, a diverse college experience vastly enriches what one gains from the time spent at university.

Communication and Media Studies is a slightly more ethnically diverse focus than average*. 58% of the United States' Communication and Media Studies majors are white students, followed by latino students (16%), students of other races**(12%), and black students (8%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Pomona College&nbspin Claremont, CA.

Second, Communication and Media Studies significatly skews female, with around two out of every three students majoring in Communication and Media Studies identifying as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

Another important type of diversity is economic diversity. Unfortunately, Communication and Media Studies is less economically diverse than 70% of majors in the US. 32% of its students come from families with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 16% are from homes that make between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 24% grew up in families with a sub $30,000 annual income. University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the most socioeconomically diverse college in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for Communication and Media Studies. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the California Collegiate 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: 7%

  • Black: 8%

  • Latino: 16%

  • White: 58%

  • Other: 12%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 32%

  • Female: 68%

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

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 32%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 66%

  • Out of State: 27%

  • International: 7%

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