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2023 Dental Hygiene Students

There are about 34,367 students enrolled in Dental Hygiene in the USA.

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College can be a profoundly constructive adventure in one's life; it is an occasion for personal progress and development. Undergrads try to figure out who they are as people and build the must-have skills to be a successful member of society. But learning goes far beyond a classroom - the campus dialogue, the personal lesson gained from an old professor, the exposure to a different stance on an issue. Therefore, finding a diverse college vastly enhances what one gains from the time in university.

Dental Hygiene is a less ethnically diverse subject than average*. 69% of America's Dental Hygiene majors are white students, followed by latino students (13%), asian students (9%), and students of other races**(5%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is New York University located in New York, NY.

Moreover, Dental Hygiene is the the 6th most female dominated major, with female students out numbering male students by a 24 to 1 ratio. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Another critical type of diversity is class diversity. Dental Hygiene ranks around average for wealth diversity (57th percentile). 32% of its students come from families with a sub $30,000 annual income, 16% are from homes with $30,000 to $48,000 annual incomes, and 21% grew up in households who take home over $110,000 per year. Vermont Technical College is the most economically diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall NY is the most diverse state for Dental Hygiene. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Pacific-12 Conference 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: 4%

  • Latino: 13%

  • White: 69%

  • Other: 5%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 4%

  • Female: 96%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 32%

  • 30k - 48k: 16%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 21%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 76%

  • Out of State: 21%

  • International: 4%

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